How much is “normal” to spend on groceries?

A huge thank you to the more than 300 of you whom responded to my survey about your average grocery spending. I kept the survey open for 10 weeks, so we could get as many responses as possible. Let's jump right in and look at the numbers you … [Read more...]

Bar Mitzvah in Israel vs. America | How Do the Costs Compare

After sharing with you the story of our recent Bar Mitzvah in Israel, as well as all the details from my first son's Bar Mitzvah in Cleveland two years ago, I've heard from a number of you who really want to know: How do the costs compare? Which … [Read more...]

It’s All Worth It In the End (Bar Mitzvah Stories & Pictures)

I took the most extended break of my blogging career these past three weeks and I really appreciate your patience with me. My son Matan's Bar Mitzvah was September 22nd (Parshat HaAzinu), and then immediately after the first day of Sukkot (I love … [Read more...]

Apologies, To Do Lists + Tears of Joy

Yesterday, my middle boy was called up to the Torah for the first time. What a moment! I was definitely welling up with tears of joy... and pride... and relief... and awe. My to do list for the past two weeks has been pages-long each day, but … [Read more...]

How I gave up my cleaning lady and still keep a {mostly} clean home in 30 minutes a day

I've been thinking about writing this post for over a year -- ever since last spring when I finally said goodbye to our cleaning lady. But I wanted to be sure that this would actually work -- before I started claiming success. For most of my … [Read more...]

The Best Way to Transfer Money to Israel [My Unsolicited Review of TransferWise]

This is a post for my friends in Israel (or those who are just curious about the practical side of our life here)! If you live in Israel, but earn money -- or just have savings -- in the United States (or elsewhere), then you no doubt have … [Read more...]

Keep Your Home Clean in 30-40 Minutes Per Day {Download are My Weekly Cleaning Schedule}

If you struggle with keeping your house clean on your own, or are looking to eliminate your cleaning person, check out my weekly cleaning schedule. I hope it will help you manage this task as efficiently as it has helped me. In just 30-40 minutes, … [Read more...]

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Shop {Especially If You Struggle with Impulse Shopping}

Finding awesome deals is a big part of what I do here at KOAB. And I absolutely love helping you to save money on everything from clean supplies and clothing to groceries and gifts. But I'd be remiss if I didn't also acknowledge that I have … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Break the Impulse Shopping Habit

Have you joined the FREE 5-Day Jumpstart Your Budget Challenge yet? On Day 1, I talk about being "all in", and I ask you to let me know what your biggest challenge is to really being ALL IN with your budget. I've received over 200 emails so far … [Read more...]

Why We Doubled Our Grocery Budget … And Why I’m Totally Okay With It

Confession time: I don't remember that last time I used a coupon at the grocery store. Eight years ago, when Frankie and I were deep in the process of building up our emergency fund and doing our best to eek a few extra dollars out of every … [Read more...]