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. Julie Brown says

    I like you on Facebook (and IRL, of course!)

  2. I loved your post on the frugal things that you do and don’t do. My favorite posts are the ones where you reflect on the things that you find difficult or struggle with.

  3. A whole year already?!? What don’t I love about your blog? Favs are Dave Ramsey series, WF weekly update, q&A…all of it πŸ™‚

    Mazel Tov on such a successful first year.

  4. FB fan

  5. Maxal Tov! It is so hard to pick a favorite. I appreciate your advice for
    upcoming chagim. Your hardwork all year round is continually setting a good example for me. Thanks!

  6. I recieve your email posts

  7. I like you on facebook

  8. Chavelamomela says

    I love your Dave Ramsey Series

  9. Chavelamomela says

    I like you on Facebook

  10. I just subscribed. I read your blog on occasion and now subscribe to keep up. I too keep kosher so this blog is very useful! Thanks!

  11. I love all of your fantastically awesome giveaways!! Money, chocolates πŸ™‚


  13. Heather Suter-McArter says

    CVS and Target have become my new favorite weekly feature… I never shopped at CVS, I found them too expensive until I started reading your blog.

  14. Heather Suter-McArter says

    CVS and Target have become my new favorite weekly feature… I never shopped at CVS, I found them too expensive until I started reading your blog. I’ve already “liked” you on facebook AND subscribed as well.

  15. Rivka H. says

    I like the store deals – especially since I don’t have to weed through to find kosher stuff like I do on other blogs.

  16. Rivka H. says

    I liked you on facebook

  17. Rivka H. says

    I subscribe to the RSS feed

  18. My favorite posts are all the Web sites having deals! I use them often – thanks!

  19. I like you on FB!

  20. First off, mazel tov on your blogiversary! I love your Dave Ramsey story, and how accessible you are, and that your blog gives me goals to work toward.

  21. I subscribed via email. πŸ™‚

  22. and I already like you on FB.

  23. Mara as I gear up to buy Almond Breeze at a discount for the THIRD time — using BOTH the cyclical store sale and a PRINTABLE COUPON….I can’t tell you how great yr info is and how grateful I am for your fast replies and patience.

    As you know, I already subscribe and also like the FB page!


  24. I am a coupon queen! I belomg to a coupon club they all just joined your facebook.I would like kosher products to start having coupons Empire,sabra Etc. thanks for all of your deal info!
    Mazel tov!

  25. Sheila Hickmon says

    I like your menu planning posts! Congrats, and thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Sheila Hickmon says

    I subscribe via email.

    fineinsanity (at) live (dot) com

  27. Sheila Hickmon says

    I’m your Facebook fan! (Sheila Hickmon)

    fineinsanity (at) live (dot) com

  28. Love your posts. Love all your recipe suggestions. Love all the deal suggestions!

  29. I’m a fan on facebook!

  30. I subscribe to your feed through google reader.

  31. I love the whole foods deals!

  32. Totally get the feed!!

  33. Love the fb! Already liked!!!

  34. Favorite post–Pesach ideas for shopping early or eliminating unnecessary excess.

  35. daily subscriber

  36. I love the freebies notifications!
    Who doesn’t love a freebie?
    Mazel Tov on your anniversary πŸ™‚

  37. Jessica Cavanagh says

    I love the articles that deal specifically with strategies in the stores – especially the price book!

    I am on your email list and your facebook page πŸ™‚

  38. Mazal tov and thanks for all your help. I love the deal alerts best. Also, your candid, upbeat, and refreshing writing style. Keep up the excellent work~

  39. I love your coupons and store deals.

  40. I “Like” you on FB.

  41. I just subscribed to your e-mail newsletter.

  42. favorite kinds of posts: how to maximize coupons

  43. get your emails

  44. like KOAB on facebook

  45. Liked you on facebook

  46. Love KOAB especially all the great deals and freebies you post!

  47. I am definitely a liker on facebook.

  48. i subscribe via RSS in GReader

  49. I like to read about your cooking/crafting/family planning and challenges for Jewish holidays and celebrations

  50. Love the posts where you explain your budgeting philosophy!