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Saving money on school supplies- Part 2

My luck is such that a few days after I post about saving money on school supplies, Ynet writes an article as well. Ynet reiterates what I said previously- that Israelis are too concerned with the war to worry about school supplies.  Those that are buying are buying only the essentials and a smaller amount than usual.  Stores such as Office Depot and Kfar Shaashuim are reporting decreased sales of 20-30% but Kravitz is reporting a decrease only in the South of approximately 15%.

When a representative from Kravitz was interviewed regarding the store’s reputation as being much more expensive than their competitors, he said that you can spend 4 shekels on a marker in Kravitz that is German quality and has approval from Machon HaTkanim (The Israeli Standards Institute) or go to the competition and spend 3 shekels on a marker that doesn’t work or states on the label that it is only for adults, which means it does not have approval from Machon HaTkanim.  It is obvious what is the more appropriate product.

A representative from Idan 2000 is also seeing decreased sales throughout the country.  People aren’t interested in going out and wandering around- in the South and in places like Rishon and Rechovot people aren’t leaving their houses at all.  In the North, people are caught up in the whole atmosphere of the country at war.

What does this mean for consumers?  Well, school will come at the end of August, war or no war.  The stores will have to get rid of their merchandise, so if the war is still going on, retailers will have to make an extra effort to make their products move out of the store.  That means big sales.  So don’t feel pressure to get anything done right now- time is on your side.

As an aside, Yisrael HaYom started posting the Kravitz coupon we all wait for each year- 50 shekels off a 150 shekel purchase.  Unfortunately I am not able to post each morning it appears in the paper, but you can go to their web site and read the paper early to see if it has a coupon.  You can also have it emailed to you early in the morning- sign up on their web site.  As far as I know you have to use the original print coupon- not one you print on the computer.  They also have coupons on other products but the deals aren’t usually that exciting.

If you really want to start shopping or are stuck home for whatever reason, check out my blog post about Tilboshet– the online store for 100% cotton school shirts.  Never go by the regular price- check for their current sales, which are listed below.

You can also order school books online from Tzomet Sefarim and pick them up in your local store when they arrive.

Stay tuned for more updates as they come in.  In the meantime, keep safe and stay strong. Mi Ka’amcha Yisrael?


School supplies- just be Israeli

I was reading a Facebook post by someone about how much she spent on school supplies.  While most of my readers know that is is essential to plan ahead for most events in order to save money, that doesn’t mean we should be buying in advance.  All of us have seen the humus for a shekel before Yom Ha’Atzmaut and free fish heads when you buy gefilte fish before Rosh Hashana.  Those deals, however, come out right before the holidays, in sync with Israeli time which is notoriously last minute.  Although up to now I have seen some used book sales here and there, most of the Israeli population is more concerned with Tzav 8 and entertaining their kids since camps are over.  The last two weeks of August when most people are on vacation is when the shopping will be in full force.  There are one or two coupons coming out now, mainly for backpacks such as this Kravitz one:

Read the fine print: you must spend 99 shekels on office supplies from the 2013 collection.  Must print this coupon and present it when purchasing.  Expires 27 July 2014.

Here is another backpack coupon:

קליק למעבר לדף המבצע

Read the fine print:  You have to have an Egged Rav Kav.  Click on the picture for more information.

Good deals on school supplies haven’t come out yet and won’t for a while. However, it is a good idea to start getting a copy of Yisrael HaYom, which posts Kravitz coupons regularly towards the end of the summer.  You should also get acquainted with your local haredi neighborhood general store and ask when they will start stocking school supplies.  Prices are on a whole cheaper in haredi neighborhoods but I would be cautious when buying super cheap products other than paper goods because they may not last as long as more expensive items.

There are a lot more tips in a previous blog post I wrote last year- check it out!  One tip I learned after I wrote that post was the ability to purchase used books through Tzomet Sefarim. Check your local store to see if they do a buy back or not.  You can also email in your school book list to Tzomet Sefarim, pick up the books at your local store and avoid the long lines.  Don’t forget to check back here for more coupons as they come out!

Saving money on school supplies

I just came back from Tzomet Sefarim with 900 shekels worth of school books for three kids- one in high school and two in elementary school.  That price includes some used books, doesn’t include four books on back order and considers the fact that I have one child who participates in the schoolbook-lending program (השאלת ספרים).  I am fortunate enough to receive vouchers through work so I only paid 685 shekels, but I am still reeling.  As I am sitting here and thinking, I started to check out the lending program from Misrad HaChinuch.  I learned to my chagrin that schools are not required to participate as I previously thought, but they do have a section for parents to encourage their child’s school to participate and how it works:

שלבי הפעלת התכנית

I have decided that we will be meeting with Teenager’s school principal to institute this project next year.  If your school does not participate, I highly recommend that you approach your school’s principal as well.  It shouldn’t matter what type of school your children go to- there are Arab, Druze and Jewish schools participating; chiloni/mamlachti, mamlachti dati and charedi schools in equal numbers.

You might have realized, as have I, that this price does not include school supplies!

Luckily for us, Ynet just published their survey of where to find the cheapest school supplies, and some of their conclusions might surprise you.   First of all, with the exception of kalmarim (pencil holders) and yomanim (diaries), prices stayed about the same as last year.  Office Depot claims that their prices went down 20-40%, but Ynet only noticed that decrease in children’s furniture.  So what is the  bottom line?  Ynet estimates 500-1000 shekels per child for school supplies alone (including a backpack)!!!   Some other tidbits from the article:

  • National chains like Toys R Us, Kravitz and Office Depot have the same prices throughout the country.
  • Other stores like Kfar Sha’ashuim, Idan 2000, Max Stock and Pirat HaAdom have varying prices from store to store.  They are generally cheaper than office supply stores, but for example Kfar SHa’ashuim and Pirat HaAdom’s Tel Aviv stores are more expensive than the Holon or Bat Yam stores.
  • Kravitz tends to have only the newest models of school supplies; Office Depot has older versions with newer prices.
  • Max Stock does not carry brand names- for those who need to avoid them, this is an advantage as well aas the lower price that comes with it.
  • Don’t forget Reshet Mashu which sells supplies for 1.5 shekels!
  • An advantage of the independent smaller stores is that they are willing to bargain.  Just say “but I saw it cheaper at …” and they are generally willing to go down in price.
  • Overall, Kravitz is the most expensive store; the cheapest store depends on what you are buying.
  • Prices go down at the end of August, so unless your child has his heart set on a specific brand name, it pays to wait until then to make your purchases.
  • Don’t just check prices when purchasing a backpack, check the volume as well (נפח).  Each year backpacks tend to get lighter and smaller.
  • Paper-covered notebooks are always cheaper than plastic-covered.
  • Middle/high schoolers- one notebook with several subjects is cheaper than buying individual notebooks.
  • Looseleaf paper (דפדפת) is cheaper than notebooks.
  • When buying looseleaf paper, pay attention to the amount of pages and the weight of the paper when comparing prices.
  • If you have the time and energy, devote a day to school supply shopping and check out at least two stores.
  • Some things aren’t worth the cheap price- cheap pencils don’t sharpen properly, cheap pens run out of ink quickly, cheap wite-out can have a truly awful smell. [Pencils are our pet peeve- we only buy the gray/orange ones or the blue ones- everything else we find to be made of many tiny leads and can’t be sharpened]
  • On the other hand, there are some good and low-priced objects, and the price is artifically upped because of the brand or teen idol on the cover.
  • European products are generally of better quality than Chinese products.
  • Don’t succumb to all the glittery extras- sports bottles, lunch boxes, alco-gel and the like.

Price comparison for this year’s orthopedic backpacks:

חוזרים ללימודים – ילקוטים אורתופדיים. כמה זה עולה להורים? בשקלים
מוצרים אופיס דיפו קרביץ הפיראט האדום כפר השעשועים עידן 2000 חנות פרטית
קל גב טרולי לייט 239 329.99 249.90 249.90 199.99 (מבצע)
קל גב אולטרה לייט פלוס 219 259.99 199.90 269.90 , 199.90 249.99 מבצע:219.99 170
מודן סמארט טרולי 289 299.99 249.90 (מבצע) 319.99 299.99מבצע:269.99 240
מודן קפיצים 199 229.99 199.90 199.90 199.99 (מבצע במקום 249.99)
קל גב איי טרולי – גם אורתופדי וגם על גלגלים 319 299.90 249.90 (מבצע במקום 329.90) 299.90 329.99 (299.9 מחיר מבצע)
קל גב דגם ישן* 249.99 249.99 149.99 150
מודן דגם אורתופדי ישן* 129.90 239.90
מסקנה המחירים נמוכים יחסית לרשתות האחרות, למעט איי טרולי ודגם ישן שנמכר ביוקר מחירים גבוהים למעט איי טרולי לא מצאנו את כל הדגמים בחנות. מה שנמכר – זול יחסית לרשתות האחרות מחירים בינוניים. מחירים נמוכים יחסית לרשתות האחרות – לחברי מועדון ובטרולי לייט. האיי טרולי יקר מחירים נמוכים אך מגוון דל

  *ילקוט מדור קודם הוא ילקוט שיש לו גרסה מתקדמת יותר. למשל: ילקוט אולטרה לייט – כיום נמכר כאולטרה לייט פלוס.

Other products:

חוזרים ללימודים – כמה זה עולה להורים? בשקלים

מוצרים אופיס דיפו קרביץ הפיראט האדום כפר השעשועים עידן 2000
קל גב אולטרה לייט פלוס 219 259.99 199.90 269.90 , 199.90 249.99 (219.99 לחברי מועדון)
מחברות A5 כריכת קרטון 40 דף 5 ב-5.79 10 ב-7.99 5 ב-4.90 5 ב-5.90 5 ב-5.49
5 מחברות סיכה A5 ממותגות 13.99 17.49 12.90 (4 ב-7.90) 10 11.99
3 מחברות ספירל A4 39.99 (72 דף כריכת פלסטיק, קמפוס) 45 42 מבצע: 9.99 (מוגבל ל-2 יחידות ללקוח)
מחברת חכמה 4.99,3.99 4.49 3.90 4.90 3.90
דפדפת A4 10 בלוקים דפדפות אוקספורד 50 דף 49.99 (4.99 לדפדפת 50 דף) 5 בלוקים, 100 דף -29.95 (5.99 לדפדפת 100 דף) 10 בלוקים 40 דף 10.90 (0.9 לדפדפת 40 דף) 5 בלוקים 100 דף קמפוס 28.99 (5.7 לדפדפת 100 דף) מארז של 10 בלוקים 40 דף 9.90
קלסר גדול ממותג 14.99 14.99, 17.99 14.90 14.99 12.90, 9.90
3 גיליונות מדבקות 7.99 4.99, 7.99 4.90, 5.90, 6.90 6.99 8.99
קלמר מתרחב קל גב ממותג 49.99 54.99 49.90 44.99 49.99
קלמר ממותג 24.99, 39.99 (טלבר פופ) 8.99-34.99 (ניקי, איסטפאק) 24.90 (אאוטדור) 39.99 29.99 (הלו קיטי)
קלמר זול 9.99 6.99 5.90 5.99
24 עפרונות צבעוניים 29.99 36.99 19.90 22.90 18.20
12 טושים זולים 1.99 10 ב-9.99 3 10 ב-5 (דו צדדיים) 2.99
טושים רחיצים 36 טושים 24.99 (היסטר) 24 טושים קריוקה 42.99 36 קריוקה דקים 19.90. עבים: 34.90 24 טושים קריוקה 34.90 48 ב-49.99
עט פיילוט 5V 4 ב-31.99 (7.99 לאחד) 6.49 7 9.90 4.99
12 עיפרון עץ ומחק 3.99 3.99 4.90 6.90 2.99
מספריים קטנים 0.8 0.5 1 2.90 1
יומן השנה ממותג כריכה קשה 39.99, 56.59 32.99, 49.90 34.90, 39.90 34.99, 39.99 , 43.9949.99
יומן כריכה רכה ממותג 14.99 29.99 29.99, 39.90 19.99 20.99
עטיפת ספרים ממותגת 9.99 10.99 8.90 (היו רק לא ממותגות ב-2 שקלים) 9.99
דבק סטיק קטן UHU 3.29 3.29 3 ב-9.90 8.90 (הגדול) 4.8
מחק 10 ב-1.5, 4 ב-2 10 ב-2.89 10 ב-4.90 0.5 0.5
מחדד 2 ב-0.55 0.65 3 מחדדי מתכת ב-2 (1.5 למחדד) 3 מחדדים ב-1 (0.33 למחדד) 1

12 צבעי פנדה

10.99 13.99 11.90 16.99

Idan 2000 back-to-school coupons

Idan 2000 has lots of coupons for back-to-school products, but only for those who have their catalog.  You can pick it up at any of their stores.

Here is a sample of the coupons offered:

Every child deserves school supplies!

While we are all running wild getting everything our kids need for school next month, let’s not forget that there are many children here who won’t be able to receive new school supplies.  Fortunately there is an organization called “Yalkut l’kal yeled” who collects new and used backpacks and school supplies and gives them out to needy children.

From 24 July to 5 Aug, Pealton game centers will be collecting for Yalkut l’kal yeled and they are asking everyone to donate whatever they have, new or used, so everyone can start the new year with a full bag of school supplies.

The list of participating centers:

For more information about Pealton game centers check out their Facebook page or at the link listed above.

The Kravitz coupon is back!

Yisrael HaYom has the famous back-to-school Kravitz coupon- 50 shekels off every 150 shekel purchase.  It usually is in every week, then every day.  They are valid for a few weeks.  I don’t know if they will accept a printed copy so I am not posting it but if they do, I will let you know.

In the meantime, you can check out some other Kravitz coupons for Lifestyle Plus members here.

This is a copy of an EXPIRED coupon:

Get it now! Kfar Sha’ashuim voucher

Baligam has an offer to purchase a 100 shekel voucher for only 50 shekels.

Valid in Hadera and Raanana stores only.

As of this writing it expires in 32 hours so get it fast! Valid for 30 days after purchase.

Not valid on Pilot or KodKod brands, Dafdefet (looseleaf paper), machberot (notebooks), or זבולנוים (don’t know what they are).

This is a great opportunity to pick up school supplies at a great price!



Back-to-school school supplies from Bic

Go to their Facebook page and pick out the school supplies package you want to get a coupon for 50% off.

You can have the coupon SMSed to you or print it directly from the Facebook page.

50% off coupon for Bic products

Go to their Facebook page and accept the App.

Choose one of four packages of Bic products, give your cell phone number and the coupon will be sms’ed to you.

Click here to see which stores accept the coupon.

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