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?
If you are like me, you dread facing the crowds of pushy parents trying to get the best costume for their kids for Purim. By the time you finally find the costumes they like, it is the wrong size, ripped, or otherwise unusable, and then the tantrums begin.
This year, you can shop for costumes in the comfort of your own home on the Tilboshet web site. They have everything from Angry Birds to Achashverosh and from clowns to Queen Esther. Shipping is free. You must order by 1 Feb and delivery takes 21 days (Erev Purim is March 15). Prices range from 50 shekels to 119 shekels, with most between 79-99 shekels.
If you are looking for some ideas for birthday presents, they also have my favorite FoxMind games such as Rat-a-tat-cat (חתתול), Sleeping Queens (חלומות), Spot It (דאבל), and Jungle Speed (ג’ונגל ספיד).
In case you still haven’t gotten shirts yet, I just found two coupons for the Tilboshet online store:
50% off or one shirt free for purchases over 149 shekels – you have to give Tilboshet your email and phone number.
Babetov has a coupon for 150 shekels worth of clothing for only 80 shekels. Don’t wait- as of now, there are 72 hours left to purchase coupons. There is a discrepancy in the fine print- in one place it says there are no limits to the amount of vouchers and the vouchers are good from 20 Aug-19 Sept. Later on it says limited to 2 vouchers per person and the vouchers are good until 1 Dec 2013. Even further on it says that you can only use one voucher per purchase. I recommend contacting them before purchasing- 03-3746616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you missed my post about Tilboshet, you can read about it here.
One of the things I dread most about back-to-school shopping is the “school-shirt-pushing-and-shoving-extravaganza.” I dont know why this event brings out the worst in people, but I do know how important it is when, after being polite Anglo me, I waited for over an hour one night until there were no shirts left for my daughter- color or size. My solution in past years has been to trick my husband to get the shirts- “Honey, could you pick a pizza for dinner? Thanks. While you are there, could bring a couple of kids and have them pick out shirts while you wait for the pie?” My husband, however, is on to me and won’t go near the store even if I bribe him with a steak dinner.
This year I am going to do it differently.
In the past I have gotten flyers in the mail about Tilboshet– the online store to buy school shirts but never gave it much thought. I am the type to examine, try on and hover over the person who irons on the symbol to make sure all is to my satisfaction, and online shopping doesn’t fulfill those needs. However I just read a review from a fellow blogger Matanot v’Metziot baReshet who was very pleased with his/her purchase and that convinced me to give it a try. There are great pictures on the blog post to get an idea of how the packages look.
Answers to my questions:
So what do you have to lose? Give it a try.
Aliyah tip- For those of you who never purchased school shirts before, don’t be lured in by the super cheap deals you see for 5-15 shekels per shirt. Two washes and the sleeves fall off with the symbol. Don’t bother.