June 28, 2017

Top 5 Budget-friendly Tech-y Gifts for the Man In Your Life

Father’s Day Tech Gift Picks

Seriously, what gift would make the father in your life happier than technology?  I am fortunate to live with a very tech savvy man who always knows the best products to have around.  So in honor of Father’s Day, I’ve asked him to compile a list of some of his favorite tech-y products.  Any of these would make a great gift for Father’s Day or any other day.  


1- The Amazon Kindle is rated as the #1 Father’s Day gift by Amazon.com and you can buy the Kindle Fire, Full Color 7″ Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi for only $199 on Amazon right now. What I love the most about products like the Kindle is how it rids the house of so much paper/book clutter!


2- Plantronics Voyager Pro+ Bluetooth earpiece for a smartphone is considered by those ‘in the know’ to be the best bluetooth in the market.  It has great noise cancellation, streams Podcasts, GPS, is comfortable and the price is just right.  Get your Plantronics Voyager PRO+ Bluetooth Headset now!


3- Logitech Wireless Keyboard &  Laser Mouse.  If you don’t yet have a wireless keyboard and laser mouse then it is time to get into the 21st century.

4- Garmin Nuvi Portable GPS Navigator comes with lifetime maps which means that you can upgrade your maps for free everytime Garmin makes and upgrade.  With Lifetime maps the newest, smallest or most far reaching streets are more likely to appear in your navigation system.  This way your GPS is more likely to do what it is intended to do and less likely to get you lost!

5- A Digital Photo Frame. This is one of the coolest things to have in your house.  Moving pictures strait out of a Harry Potter scene! 

 

Top Posts of 2011

Top Posts of 2011

Thanks to all of you wonderful readers, in the six months that The Kosher Shopaholic site has been up & running, I’ve hit 100,000 pageviews!  To thank you I have some great giveaways coming up this week!  In the meantime, I thought you might be interested in which posts were the most popular in 2011.

Here are my top posts of 2011, all which had over 1,000 views, each!

#1: Where to go for Sukkos chol hamoed

#2: Special Shabbos Chanukah Chicken Soup Recipe

#3: Project Inspire Video Presentations for Tisha B’av

#4: Fun City Opens in Pallisades Mall

#5: World-wide Tisha B’av Event with Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation

#6: Hungarian Chicken Paprikash Recipe

#7: The Best Kosher Recipes Online & in Print

Want to know how I did it?  If you would like to learn how to create a successful website or how to build a successful brand, stay tuned because I am launching my alter-ego site very soon, The Kosher Workaholic, which will provide Free Online Business Coaching Tips.  Go ahead and like The Kosher Workaholic Facebook page to be the first to know when this site is live!

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Daily Deal Sites: A Rundown

What are Daily Deal sites all about?

A lot of people have been asking me about Daily Deals and what they are all about.   Here’s a rundown of what the daily deal sites are about and a list of the ones that cater to the Jewish and/or Kosher consumer.

Daily Deals

Daily Deal sites are a very popular way to save money on the everyday products and services that you purchase.  By taking advantage of group buying power, they are able to offer consumers the ability to purchase everyday services and products at seriously discounted prices.

Each day, the Daily Deal site features a ‘deal‘ that is available for a limited amount of time.  Some deals are available for one hour, most are available for one day and others are available for one month.  Anyone can purchase the daily deal by visiting the deal website.  The deal sites encourage customers to sign-up and register with them to get regular email updates about the deals they are featuring.  There is no fee to sign up.  You only pay for a deal when you purchase it.

The deals offered vary from discounts on restaurants, grocery and clothing stores, to various products and services.  Deals are offered by geographic location.  So, for example, if you live in New York, when you go to Jewish/Kosher daily deal site you will be shown Kosher restaurant deals for restaurants in the New York area.  You can achieve significant savings when you purchase a daily deal – as long as its for a product or service that you know you will use.  This is what’s behind the Daily Deal strategy – since the deal is only offered for a limited amount of time, you might be more likely to buy a product or service that you wouldn’t have otherwise purchased.  So, for products and services that you use, these sites offer great money saving opportunities.

Groupon:  The pioneer of the daily deal site is Groupon, who is the most well-known deal site today.  You can click here to see Groupon daily deal!

Which are the Kosher/Jewish Daily Deal Sites?

JDeal: JDeal is a daily deal site that caters to the Jewish Community.  They offer seriously surprising deals of up to 80% savings for restaurants, shows, and many other products and services that are of interest to the Jewish consumer.  Click here to see today’s JDeal.

KosherKouponz: KosherKouponz is yet another daily deal site catering to Kosher, Jewish Orthodox community.  You can also find a wide variety of great deals and discounts of up to 80% off everyday services on your favorite Kosher restaurants, hotels, stores and products.  As their promotions say, “What does Groupon Know About Pastrami on Rye?  Not Much”!  Sign up for KosherKouponz daily deal here.

Jewpon:  Jewpon is another daily deal site that caters to the Jewish consumer.  They also offer some really great discounts where you can again save up to 80% on food, clothing, restaurants and other services of interest to the Jewish/Kosher consumer.  View the Jewpon Daily Deal here.

Loyalty Programs

Loyalty Programs are different from Daily Deals .  Many restaurants and popular grocery stores offer loyalty programs that are smart to take advantage of since they offer you significant savings as well.  When you sign up with a loyalty program you recieve money back in the form of a rebate check or special discounts for each dollar you spend with them.  AllergyFreeKosher is a great online store that has a nice loyalty program.  Kosher Advantage is another loyalty program where, for $5 a month you get up to 20% savings when you shop in a participating grocery store or restaurant.  The Gateways Game Changer is another loyalty program that costs $10 a month and offers 5% savings with participating stores and restaurants.

So, now you have a pretty comprehensive list of all the deals available to help you save money.  These deals, of course, are good for anyone, not just the Jewish or Kosher shopper.

We’d love to hear from you, tell us, which is your favorite daily deal site or loyalty program?  Let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

 

The Best Kosher Recipes: Online and in Print

Where To Find The Best Kosher Recipes

The Kosher food industry has experienced an explosion over the last decade.  There are not only a multitude of new Kosher ingredients that we can use in our Kosher culinary creations today, but also thousands of Kosher recipe resources at our fingertips.   Many of which are FREE!

The explosion in Kosher food products and ingredients has been complimented by the creation of hundreds of new Kosher cooking websites, cookbooks and even magazines.  I’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular Kosher cooking resources.  These Kosher recipe resources will come in handy for any of your preparations for all Jewish occasionsShabbat, Rosh Hashana, Sukkot, Passover, Shavuot and more.

KOSHER COOKBOOKS

There are a plethora of Kosher cookbooks in print today.  Here are some of the most popular ones, any of which are sure to provide you with excellent Kosher recipes.

Classics like Levana’s Table: Kosher Cooking for Everyone by Levana Kirshenbaum,  Kosher by Design series by Susie Fishbein, Spice and Spirit: The Complete Kosher Jewish Cookbook, The Balabuste’s Choice Kosher Cookbook,  Jeff Nathan’s Family Suppers,  The  Book of Jewish Foodby Claudia Roden, Healthy Helpings by Norene Gilletz, and of course, Gil Mark’s Encyclopedia of Jewish Food and Gatherings.

The groundbreaking Kosher Revolutionby Geila Hocherman, Simply Southern: With a Dash of Kosher Soul by Margolin Hebrew AcademyHip Kosher by Ronnie Fein,  The Kosher Baker by Paula Shoyer, Hannah Kaminsky’s Vegan Desserts , The At Home Gourmet by Sarah Lasry and Adventures in Jewish Cooking by Jeffrey Nathan.

The Quick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes series by Jamie Geller, Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes by Laura Frankel, Persian Food from the Non-persian Bride by Reyna Simnegar, Soup: A Kosher Collection by Pamela Reiss, Kosher Elegance by Efrat Libfroind, The Complete Asian Kosher Cookbook by Shifra Devorah Witt, Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France by Joan Nathan.

And let us not forget the enlightening Challah books: A Taste of Challahby Tamar Ansh and The Secret of Challahby Shira Wiener.

Just click on any of these links to see these cookbooks in more detail and, of course, to buy one or two or three…  They make great Hostess gifts as well!

ONLINE

The last few years have also brought us many new online Kosher cooking websites as well, especially of the ethnic and whole foods variety.  Here’s a listing of some of the most popular of these websites devoted to providing the Jewish consumer with the best of gourmet and everyday Kosher recipes.

All the recipes found on any of these websites are FREE!

LevanaCooks, Gourmania, CulinaryKosher, DinnerinVenice, The Kosher Scene, Koshereye, JoyofKosher, CookKosherKosherfood.About.comGourmetKosherCooking, The Gluten Free Maven, KosherStreet, KosherInspired, KosherPersianFoodThe Jewish Hostess, Israelikitchen, The Kosher Channel, The Jew and the CarrotThe Shiksa.

These websites are all beautiful, interactive and full of a wide variety of amazing free Kosher recipes.

KOSHER COOKING MAGAZINES

Following the new trend set by Rachel Ray, there are a number of new Kosher gourmet food magazines in print today:  Kosher Inspired, Bits&Bites, Betayavon, and JoyofKosher which can all be purchased at your local Jewish bookstore or market.

KOSHER COOKBOOK APPs

While cookbook apps are becoming more and more popular as the app market experiences its rapid growth, Gloria Kobrin and Appsolute Media are the first to bring us our very own Kosher Cookbook App for iPad/iPhone, called Kosher Cookbook.  There is also a Kosher cookbook app after my own Hungarian heart, Going Paprikash by Ofir Vardi available as well.

I hope this list will help enhance your Jewish Holidays, your Yom Tov meals, and your homes. 

 

 

Where To Find Coupons Without Printing: Coupon Apps

Coupon Apps Without Printing

I can’t tell you how many times I have found myself in a store needing to buy something that I know has a coupon (like toothpaste or toilet paper or juice) and I don’t have the coupon with me.  For as much as I write about saving money when shopping and using coupons, I am not the extreme couponing type who carries a big organized couponing binder around with me wherever I go.  I am much more of a techy and much more comfortable keeping all my information and documents as paperless as possible.  Which, of course, is why I love smartphones and apps so much.

Plenty of manufacturers and retailers offer mobile coupons as a way to help you save money.  These apps allow you to access coupons quickly and without the need to print or cut them out in advance.

Free Coupon Apps

GeoQpons

You can find discounts from stores like H&M, Kohl’s and Children’s Place with the free GeoQpons app .  It also shows you deals at local stores in addition to national retailers. The app claims to offer more coupons than any other mobile coupon app around. It also lets you share your favorite deals with your social networks.

Coupon Sherpa

The free Coupon Sherpa app turns your phone into a mobile coupon binder. Coupons for hundreds of stores are available through Coupon Sherpa. To access them you simply browse available coupons and give the scannable image to your cashier.  Some of the savings they offer include a coupon for $10 off your purchaseof $25 or more at JCPenney, 30% off your entire purchase at Abercrombie & Fitch, or 40% off a full-price item at Ann Taylor.

Yowza
This is another free mobile app that directs you to local deals, sales and, of course, coupons. You can save on everything from diapers to dinner simply by pulling up coupons and showing the screen to your cashier or waiter.

Wowpons
The Wowpons app is built to help you save on your grocery savings. You use the app to scan items as you add them to your cart.  The app will automatically send manufacturer or store coupons for the items that you’ve scanned to your Customer Loyalty Card. The app works with more than 30 major grocery store chains operating roughly 6,000 stores!

Target & Other Large Retail Chains

You can download a free Target smartphone app to get scannable coupons that are sent to you via a text message.  Other large retail chain stores are beginning to offer this free app service more and more each day.  Just check with your favorite stores.

Do you use any of these coupon apps yet?  If so, let us know about your user experience here in the comments section.

 

 

Unique & Fun Gift Ideas for the Jewish Holiday Season

Unique & Fun Gift Ideas for the Jewish Holiday Season

UncommonGoods.com offers a large selection of unique merchandise and gift products that would make great Hostess Gifts for Rosh Hashana or any time of the year.

Here are some of the products that hit my fancy

This beautiful garlic jar is my favorite for your hotess, the foodie who has been cooking for days on end.

For Kids

Mr. & Ms. Food Face Plate.  You can dress up the plate, as you would Mr. Potato Head, with your food.  If you’re looking for a dinner-time food distraction, this product is it!   Or these Chalkboard placemats (ok, not for use on Shabbat) but great way to keep kids at the table during the week!

For Him 

This clever Face Mug stuffed with cookies is a hysterical yet practical and inexpensive gift item at only $18.

For the techies out there who also enjoy their beer, how about an iPhone skin with a bottle opener attachment called, iBottle-opener!

You can also find some unique and fun Gifts for Moms, Original Gifts and Kitchen Gadgets on UncommonGoods.com as well.

Save for the Holidays: 10% Off All Food Incld’g Organic, Meat/Poultry, Gluten Free/Allergy Free & More

10% off all your Kosher Food Needs: including organic, grass fed meat/poultry, gluten free/allergy free foods & more

Shopping for the Jewish holidays doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think.  I’ve found a way to help you save money while doing your regular holiday food shopping.

Kosher Advantage offers members up to 10% off on all purchases with participating stores and restaurants. But here’s the best news:  if you sign up for KosherAdvantage with the coupon code: KosherShopaholic, you get your first 3 months absolutely FREENo strings attached.  Just cancel your membership when your 3 month free trial ends.

Some of the most recent online stores that have joined with KosherAdvantage are KOLFoods, AllergyFreeKosher and AviGlatt.

KOLFoods is one of the only online Organic and Kosher meat storesKOL Foods exclusively sources glatt kosher 100% grass-fed beef and lamb, and 100% pastured poultry with no hormones and no antibiotics added. They also carry Wild Sockeye Salmon, No-Nitrate hotdogs, no-nitrate Sausages, duck, turkey and sea salt.  All products are Kosher certified by the OU or StarK.  And with your new free KosherAdvantage membership you get 10% off all orders always! 

You can join one of the KOL Foods city buying clubs near you (free to join) to save on delivery charges or you can have your order shipped directly to your house.  Make sure to enter your members-only KosherAdvantage coupon code before check-out for your 10% discount.

AllergyFreeKosher is another Kosher online specialty store that sells gluten-free, egg-free, peanut-free, soy-free, dairy-free and other common allergy-free foods – all Kosher certified.  Delivery is always free on all orders of $49 or more.  You save 10% when you enter your KosherAdvantage members-only coupon code at checkout.

AviGlatt is an online Kosher Superstore that offers Kosher meats, fish, dairy, groceries and gift baskets.  They deliver everywhere in the US and offer free shipping in New York and on orders over $100.  Save 10% on your order with your free Kosher Advantage coupon code at checkout.

Click here to sign up for KosherAdvantage for your free 3 month trial membership and save 10% on all of these great online stores.  There are many other top restaurants and Kosher stores that are part of the Kosher Advantage savings group.  Click here for the full list of participants.

 

Online Gifts for the Jewish Holidays (with coupons too!)

Largest Assortment of Online Gifts for the Jewish Holidays – with a coupon!

If you are eating any meals out during the month long Jewish Holiday festivals of Rosh Hashana and Sukkot, you might be in need of some really nice hostess gifts.  Here is an online store where you can find some Kosher holiday gifts for your family, hostess or your home.

KosherLine offers Gourmet Kosher Gift Baskets that delivers locally, in the US, or InternationallyCheck their site for more shipping details.

They have the largest assortment of classy Kosher-certified food gifts that I’ve found online.  They offer the Gift Tower featured here, Fresh Fruit, Fresh Baked Goods, Healthy Choices, Tropical Flowers, Corporate Gifts, Condolence/Shiva Gifts and Judaica gifts.

Use the coupon code: Bella5772 for 10% off on your purchase with KosherLine.com

 

 

YourBashert: An Intelligent Way to Successfully Match Jewish Singles

YourBashert: An Intelligent Way to Successfully Match Jewish Singles

YourBashert.com is a new matchmaking/shidduchim site that is trying to be intelligent about the way they match people up, literally.

They base thier matches on a research based personality compatablity questionnaire.  The main Shadchan/matchmakers are Dr. Yael Respler who holds a PhD in Psychology and Moshe Coan who is a licensed Social Worker.

Bashert means soulmate in Hebrew.  Jewish men and women who are interested in joining the YourBashert network in the hopes of finding thier soulmate can get a 60 day free trail if they sign up between now and October 22, 2011.  After the 60 day free trail it is $15 a month to be a member.

Here’s to hoping you will  find your match before your free trail ends!  Click here to sign up with YourBashert!

$20 Worth of Whole Foods Market Groceries for only $10

$20 Worth of Whole Foods Market Groceries for only $10

Living Social has a great deal out today!  Pay only $10 for $20 worth of groceries at Whole Foods Market.  This is a great way to save money on your fresh, organic and Kosher products.

Oh yes, and if you purchase this deal and get 3 of your friends to purchase it as well – yours is free!  I see a new deal trend starting soon.  At the time I’m writing this they’ve sold 773,000!

If you already shop at Whole Foods, then be sure to get this deal.  If you’ve never shopped at Whole Foods before, this is great incentive to try it out.

Click here to purchase this amazing deal!

Here is a listing of some of the Whole Foods Market popular Kosher products and some of their coupons.