Happy 1st Anniversary Kosher on a Budget!! (+ $36 Amazon Giveaway)

Happy Anniversary dear readers.

One year ago today, I pushed “publish” on my very first KOAB blog post. Earlier that week, I had been sitting out on my deck with my friend Amy, who was encouraging me to start this blog. I don’t know what made me take her suggestion to heart, but I’m so glad I did. What a wild run it has been!

Back when I first started blogging, I was using a super basic word press theme. Gosh it was ugly – do any of you remember that? Many of you couldn’t even read comments due to some technical glitch that I never could figure out. I was posting at most once a day – basically just trying to get my feet wet and determine whether there would even be interest in a kosher-keeping coupon blog.

I seriously can not get over how much this blog has grown in 12 months. And it’s all thanks to YOU (and your amazing word of mouth).

As Kosher on a Budget has grown in design (thanks to the professional makeover the blog got at the end of October), in posting frequency (I average four or five posts per day now) and in readership (KOAB gets more than 35,000 hits per month – that’s just ca-ray-zy!), one thing has remained the same: I’m still shooting from the hip, sharing what works for me and my family when it comes to saving money and staying out of debt.

Speaking of debt, my series of posts about our Dave Ramsey story has remained the most popular to date. Not only did those posts generate a lot of comments and emails back then, but to this day, I still get reader mail about our Dave Ramsey journey — and how you are taking similar steps. Knowing that our get-out-of-debt story has helped you with your financial struggles means THE WORLD to me.

I want you to know how much I appreciate all of you for reading Kosher on a Budget – and most especially those of who leave a comment or two along the way. I get so psyched when Gmail dings to tell me I have a new comment. Even when you don’t agree with me – like you silly people who think I’m nuts for stockpiling ice cream. πŸ˜‰

To celebrate this anniversary, and all of you who have made this year possible, I’m hosting a giveaway. One KOAB reader will win a $36 giftcard to Amazon.com.

If you would like that $36 Amazon giftcard, you have three chances to win. Leave a separate comment for each entry:

(1) Leave a comment on this post with your favorite post, series or weekly feature at Kosher on a Budget.

(2) Subscribe to Kosher on a Budget – either via the RSS feed or the daily email updates, then come back and leave a second comment telling me you have done so. If you already subscribe to KOAB, just leave a comment to that effect.

(3) β€œLike” the Kosher on a Budget Facebook page, then leave a third comment telling me you have done so. If you already β€œlike” KOAB on Facebook, just leave a comment to that effect.

Entries on this giveaway will be closed on Sunday night, July 10, 2011. If you can still comment, you can still enter. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Monday, July 11.

GOOD LUCK. And thank you for making this a most memorable year!


  1. Miriam Schoeman says

    I receive your email messages.

  2. Miriam Schoeman says

    I like you on facebook.

  3. I like the Target deals

  4. I am a subscriber through Google Reader

  5. i like the menu planning ideas!

  6. already receive daily emails

  7. and already like on facebook πŸ™‚

  8. I like the recipe exchanges, I always come away with an idea.
    but I need to get on the menu planning bus. I might just copy your theme idea!

  9. I already ‘like’ you on facebook

  10. MelissaNH says

    I like posts specifically related to combining an observant life with a thrifty one.

  11. MelissaNH says

    I’m also an email subscriber.

  12. I like the Whole Foods deals and shopping tips.

  13. I get the daily emails

  14. I like KOAB on FB

  15. I like you on Facebook

  16. I love the clear cut instructions for coupon-dummies like me:)

  17. I always skim my rss feed and like you on facebook. Your Gordon Ramsey stories got me recommitted to my get out of debt plan. After reading the whole series a few weeks ago we combined our cell phones, went down a level on netflix, got cheaper cable, made a sizeable payment on our cards and tightened up our budget. That used to be my favorite part until I discovered your kitchen de-cluttering/cleaning post – I love organizing and never thought about how it is connected to saving money not just space and time! Thanks for all the inspiration.

  18. I subscribe to your emails and I liked you on Facebook. I enjoy reading about your journey from debt to saving money.

  19. Hello! I like the Target deals. Thank you for all the “heads ups” on Amazon as well.

  20. Generally, I really like your money-saving comments and philosophy. Specifically I find the tips on specials at various stores & websites very helpful. It helps me that they are often linked through twitter. Happy anniversary! You’re really accomplishing.

  21. Congratulations!

    I am thoroughly inspired by your “debt story.” I can only imagine how fulfilling it was to pay off each of those debts! I’m just starting to pay mine off, so I am really enjoying your “coupon misconceptions.”

  22. Menu planning that’s not over the top! (and really, pretty much everything else , too!)

  23. RSS

  24. facebook, too πŸ™‚

  25. Liat Shyken says

    My favorite posts are your Dave Ramsey stories

  26. Liat Shyken says

    I subscribe to KOAB via RSS

  27. Liat Shyken says

    Already like KOAB on FB.

  28. Ad meah v’esrim

  29. Love the deals. Mazel Tov

  30. Already like on fb

  31. Already subscribe and love it

  32. Lisa Brown says

    congrats on your one year anniversary! love the recipes and of course the coupon tips and store match-ups! we are now meal planning and saving! thanks!

  33. Lisa Brown says

    i already receive your emails – thanks!

  34. Lisa Brown says

    i finally joined FB and “liked” KOAB! congrats again on 1 year!

  35. Rochel Leah says

    Thanks for sharing your many tips. Every penny counts!

  36. I like you on Facebook!

  37. wow – happy anniversary! it’s really hard to say what i’ve liked best about KOAB….however, i think i’ve benefitted most from the amazon deals – because i’m now part of the mom’s club and subscriber/save thing, which i never knew about before and which i am totally enamored with. i think this has saved me the most money of all of the stuff you’ve told me about!

  38. and i like you on FB, too!

  39. I love the coupons! Happy Anniversary!!

  40. I love your recipe roundups.

  41. I subscribe via email.

  42. I like you on facebook

  43. Tziporah says

    Like you on facebook

  44. Tziporah says

    get the emails

  45. Tziporah says

    love you store deals πŸ™‚

  46. Happy blogaversary! My favorites are the recipe exchanges.

  47. I subscribe in Google Reader.

  48. I likE you on Facebook.

  49. I liked you on facebook!

  50. and i love the recipe exchanges. thanks for the great ideas on meal planning too- i haven’t implemented them, but am inspired by them at least.