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Frugal food shopping for the Anglo Israeli

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Two months free delivery from Mega online

If you haven’t tried Mega online shopping, here is a good opportunity to try it out- use the code “first” and get two months shipping for free.  Go to their web site to see what else is on sale this week.

Going shopping? For a few shekels, don’t bother leaving the house.

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.


Comparison of internet prices


Source: mako

1+1 Neviot sale on Mega ba’internet

iPhone apps for the frugal shopper

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.

  • Marketplace:  When you scan the barcode of any product you can buy at the supermarket, you get the price of that item at Rami Levy, Mega, and Shufersal online (including sales).  If you just purchased the item in a “real” store, you can enter the price you paid and at what store, which is visible to other users.  They just started a blog in the app as well.   Marketplace also has a web site  which allows you to make a shopping cart  of grocery items and compare prices of those items in different supermarkets.
  • Shop Rooster:  This app allows you to find discounts in various stores throughout the country.  They have a section for food, but so far there is nothing listed for grocery items.
  • מה זול יותר (What is cheaper?):  This app allows you to compare two items of different price and weight/volume to each other to see what is cheaper.  If the store you shop at does not list the unit price, this app can help you buy the cheaper item.  In Israel, bigger is not always better- it pays to check.
  • Yellow:  Yellow is the minimarket at Paz gas stations.  You can find their sales and coupons in the app, which has other cute driving-related applications.
  • OnMyWay:  This app shows you all the deals and coupons available close to where you are.  The “Food and Drinks” section only has minimarkets, though.
  • Shufersal:  This app has a couple of useful items.  There is a copy of the latest sales circular, which is generally updated within a reasonable amount of time.  You can connect with your club card to have a shopping list of everything you purchased the last time you were in the store.  From that master list you can add or subtract items as well as mail it.
  •  This app doesn’t have coupons but is a very nifty app.  It helps you find anything you need where you are- from the supermarket to the post office to the iriyah to the architect.  It shows the address, phone number, how far away they are, and whether they are open or closed.  It will connect with Google Maps to give you directions as well.
  • טרה (Tara): A cute app that came out for Shavuot, with recipes and shopping lists based on the recipes.  No coupons, however.
  • E Food Check:  For those of us who are not used to E numbers, this is a European system to classify food additives.  In Israel, the law states that the E number and a descriptive term of the additive must be in the list of ingredients.  I don’t know about you, but words like “emulsifier” and “anti-caking agent” are hard enough in English-knowing the Hebrew word isn’t very helpful.  This app allows you enter the number and get the name of the additive and it’s relative safety.  You can also browse the list of E numbers.  This app is in English.
If you have found any other useful apps, please let me know!

Anglo Deals- a great coupon web site in English

Although this web site does not have supermarket coupons, I was very excited to find it and wanted to share.

From their web site:

About Us

You have heard of the new phenomenon of “group buying” on websites like and  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 and, and many sites are in Hebrew, like Walla Shops, Big Deal and Buy2.

We created Anglo Deals primarily for Anglos living in IsraelWe 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.

You also have the option of signing up to our email list and receiving a list of all the coupons on our site daily. You will also be automatically entered in our weekly raffle to win free coupons!

We hope you find our site helpful! 
The Anglo Deals Team

Online grocery shopping- you CAN do it!

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:

  1.  Use a Shufersal club card, preferably a credit card as well.
  2.   Only buy the sale items.
  3.  Spend over 750 ₪. 

Happy Shopping!

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