I have a crazy schedule and a back that suffered too many years of heavy lifting, so I am a big fan of online shopping. No waiting in line, no getting run over by crazy cart drivers, no watching people sample the merchandise (it’s called STEALING!), etc. When I tell people I shop online, I see the finger twirl around their heads- “she’s crazy to pay so much money!” That may be so; but as the saying goes, time is money, so that also has to be a factor.
Let’s forget for a minute Rami Levy, Victory, Yeynot Biton and so on that you see in the suburbs. What about the city folk who rely on Shufersal Sheli, Mega BaIr, or the local makolet? Is it worth it to take a trip to the suburbs and stock up? According to the Marker, no. They compared prices in Mega BaIr, Mega Bool and Mega BaInternet as well as Shufersal Sheli, Shufersal Deal, and Shufersal Online. What they found will surprise you:
All in all, Shufersal Sheli is more expensive than Mega BaIr, but shopping online is approximately the same price as the discount stores- without the shlep.
Another thing they noticed- the month after Tishrei the prices go up significantly:
This disproves the theory that the prices are higher before the holidays because you have no choice but to buy certain products- it is actually a better during the holidays.
The moral of this story? If you are a city slicker, it pays to stay in your pajamas and order your groceries. If you shop in Shufersal Deal or Mega Bool, you aren’t doing yourself a favor by dragging everyone to the store to shop- put the kids in bed and order from home.
The iPhone helps people organize, get in touch, stay on schedule, and have fun. But can it save you money at the grocery store?
Here are some iPhone apps designed to help you save money while food shopping. They are all free and in Hebrew unless otherwise noted.
Although this web site does not have supermarket coupons, I was very excited to find it and wanted to share.
From their web site:
You have heard of the new phenomenon of “group buying” on websites like groupon.com and livingsocial.com Every day they offer great deals from 50% to 90% off for a range of different products, such as restaurants, entertainment, spa treatments etc.
The trend swept Israel as well and now there are dozens of similar websites. Some are in English, such as Groopbuy.co.il and Dealon.co.il, and many sites are in Hebrew, like Walla Shops, Big Deal and Buy2.
We created Anglo Deals primarily for Anglos living in Israel. We understand that it’s hard enough just to keep track of the few sites in a language you can understand, let alone keep track of all the great deals you might be missing in Hebrew.
In order to provide you with this service, we compile all the coupons from both English and Hebrew websites daily, translate what is needed and put them up on one user-friendly website. All you need to do is click on the coupon you want and it will direct you to the appropriate site. We put all the important ‘fine print’ clearly on our site so you don’t have to search for the ‘catch’.
You can save time and never miss out on a deal you might be interested in. We’ve made it easy to do by giving you the option of searching either by your city, by category or by both.
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We hope you find our site helpful!
The Anglo Deals Team
One of the most attractive new ideas for a working mother (in or out of the house) is shopping online. Why waste time on lines and shlep groceries if you don’t have to? “Sure,” you say, “but who can afford it?”
Believe it or not, you CAN afford it. If you are a smart shopper.
The three main supermarket chains offer online shopping. Rami Levy only delivers to Northern Tel Aviv at this time. Mega does not come to where I live either. You can check here to see if Mega comes to your area. That left me with Shufersal.
Shufersal Yashir’s website is here. You can search by the sales or not. I, of course, shop the sales. I was pleased to see that the sales are the same as what is advertised in the stores- that means that for sale items, it is equivalent to in-store shopping.
There is also a button called ״חיסכון נוסף ״ – “chisachon nosaf”- additional savings which are not listed in the stores. For example, I purchased aluminum foil at the sale price. In the additional savings section , they offered me a discount to purchase another package. So I did.
I did browse the non-sale items, and did find slightly higher prices than the store. For example, Shufersal brand shoko powder was 10.99 ₪ instead of the regular 7.99-8.99 ₪.
The delivery fee is 28 ₪ which is waived if you spend 750 ₪ or more.
As a new customer, I received a coupon book with 8 coupons for 25 ₪ each off my next purchases (can’t combine them).
Now for the most important part- delivery.
I was given a two hour window from within 12 hours until next week.
You have to check when the sale ends, though: if your delivery date is after the sale ends, you will pay regular price for those items on sale.
They came one-half hour into the window. The truck was not refrigerated, but the refrigerated and frozen items came with dry ice. The ice cream was soft, but the fruits were perfect and the non-food items were wrapped separately from the food items.
They called that morning to tell me they were missing some items and asked if I would be willing to switch them for a similar item. They will be sending them in a few days at not additional charge.
To summarize, you can be a frugal shopper and still shop online as long as you follow the following rules: