As you know, I am always looking for ways to save time and money, and online shopping is one of my favorites. Did you know that there is an online Tzomet Sefarim store? Yes, the web site is in Hebrew, but there are a lot of books in English as well. If you spend 50 shekels, you get free shipping!
The English book deals right now include (click on the picture to see the books on sale):
For a complete list of English books, click here.
One deal you can only get in the stores right now is a free box of Cheerios when you by two children/youth books.
To be honest, you will get a much better English book selection (and free shipping) from The Book Depository but if your children read in Hebrew, it is worth it to check out the Hebrew books and you can always add on a 20 shekel book for yourself.
Tzomet Sefarim allows you to fax/email in your school book list and pick it up in your local store; I don’t know if they will be willing to mail them with free shipping- that would be a great deal!
Here are two coupons you can use for your next order:
NEXTLAISHA – 50 shekels off your first 250 shekel order. Expires 14 July 2014.
OVNEXT50- also 50 shekels off your 250 shekel order. No expiration date found.
The last time I heard, you could use both coupons together getting 100 shekels off, but it might have been fixed by now.
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.
For those of us who prefer the natural alternative, Eden Teva Market has just opened an online store. Delivery is limited at this time- they are delivering to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, but not to the yishuv I live in…
In addition, delivery is only 10 shekels for a limited time!