Happy 4th of July + Happy Birthday + Amazon Gift Card Giveaway (3 Winners)


Happy 4th of July!

I’ve always loved this holiday, especially the fireworks!

I really got some fireworks ten years ago today when my first child was born — two weeks early! He’s been surprising us (and delighting us) ever since.

There’s something about TEN – it’s so big and so fragile, all at the same time. I hear whispers of the teenager he will soon become — and shouts of the little one he just was.

Tomorrow will also be the third “birthday” of my “last baby” – aka Kosher on a Budget. Yes, there’s a bit of a running joke around my family that I have three kids… and a blog. I’m not sure when the labor ends with a blog, but this is certainly one of love.

So in honor of the confluence of my big boy’s 10th birthday and my little blog’s 3rd birthday, I decided to give away three $10 Amazon gift cards. (See how I did that? 10 and 3?!).

There lucky readers will score some cash to spend at my favorite store on earth.

amazon 10 gift card

To enter this giveaway, please just leave ONE comment on this post telling me how you came to read Kosher on a Budget, what your favorite thing is about the blog, OR the best deal or tip you’ve scored from me.

(Yes, I’m feeling all sentimental, but hey, this is a big couple of days for me!)

I’ll randomly pick the winners tomorrow (7/5/13) night, right before Shabbat. As long as you can still comment on this post, you can still enter to win!

Nothing to disclaim here. This giveaway is being sponsored by me and me alone. 




  1. Rebecca says:

    KOAB has given me the ability to make purchases I would not have even considered! But it’s not just the sales alerts, the the budgeting tip in general that I get the most out of!

  2. Allison says:

    My bread machine is my best KOAB purchase. Totally changed my bread/challah making routine!

  3. 1 1/2 years ago, my sister told me about your site and how insperatuonal your story is. I quickly went on your site and read all about you. I especially love how you make your Rosh Hashana braided round challah with your video. I kept replaying it constantly last year as I made mine. They came out so professional looking. Hope to do the same this year!
    Happy Birthday to your son and KOAB!.

  4. Vicki I. says:

    Someone who knew I liked to coupon told me about your blog very soon after you started it. I love everything abt your blog….I think it has a little something for everybody!

  5. i’ve been reading your website for a while, my sister-in-law lived in modiin and told me about you so there we go…thank you so much, i love the emails and website

  6. I saw you comment on another blog, was intrigued by your name and have been following you ever since! Happy Birthday to your son and your blog!

  7. I have no idea how i came across your blog… i simply dont remember
    I have been following it almost from the beginning and it has become such a big part of my daily life its hard to remember life before. I have gotten tons of deals/tips and cant even think of the single best one!

  8. Saw you speak in St. Louis-my sister was already reading your blog–I went with her to hear you and then subscribed.

  9. Found your site through friends. Only thing they were talking about at the Shabbat Table!

  10. I joined when Caroline kept sharing your posts. My favorite deal was when I asked about buying a sukkah a d you got ahold of a company a d got a discount for me! I think of that each time we put it up. Thank so much !

  11. I can’t remember how I first heard about your blog — but I’m really glad I did!

  12. Rebecca says:

    I saw a friends post of Facebook about KOAB. My favorite posts are the ones where you explain how you saved money and gives suggestions. I got a great deal at amazon using subscribe and save.

  13. Do not remember how I first learned about your amazing site. I adore your sense of humor. Best deal was a recent source for New Balance sneakers. I have narrow feet and wear New Balance. Do thank you veery much for the savings.

  14. Found this website through Facebook. Best deal was the Black Friday deals at kohls. I got three great appliances for super cheap:)

  15. I found your blog via a friend’s link. My favorite part has been becoming more conscientious about budgeting

  16. I can’t remember how I got to your blog but I’m glad I did. I have used many of your links for freebies, etc. I was so excited to win your Dead Sea products package. The guy who contacted me from the company actually customized the package for my skin type. Cool. Keep up the good work. Have a great Shabbos.

  17. Found you on facebook, I love the money saving tips and ideas I get from your site.

  18. Leah K. says:

    I love your Amazon finds/steals! I had a $5 credit with amazon and used it towards the already discounted Perplexus ball that you posted about. My 4 1/2 year old was busy for days! No babysitter needed! It is a lifesaver when we go out to a restaurant, too. And now our friends have also bought if for their kids (we feels like trend setters!).
    Thank you!

  19. Melanie says:

    I love all the money saving offers and ideas!

  20. Rachel M. says:

    A friend recommended I like your FB page, and the rest is history! I am a fan of the coupon stacking advice – but my fave type of posts are the freebie notifications. I always forget free Slurpee day until you remind me 🙂

  21. A friend pointed me to your blog – and now it’s party of my daily reading!

  22. B”H

    A friend of mine referred me to your blog and I’ve been a loyal fan ever since!

  23. Sara O. says:

    Came across your blog via a Facebook friend. Love seeing all the deals (many of which I had no clue about prior to following your blog. I think the best tip I have learned from you is camelcamelcamel.com!

  24. CarolineEr says:

    Not sure how I ended up here, but I’m so glad I did! I’ve saved SO MUCH money and learned how to budget better. I think my favorite tips involve Swagbucks (hundreds of dollars in free Amazon credit and more…) and menu planning. I went from heavily resistant to a staunch believer!

  25. I think there was a link to your blog on something else I was reading about 8 months ago when I got laid off and I’ve been reading ever since. I love when you tell me the buy now prices so I know what is a GOOD deal.

  26. My cousin’s wife shared something from your blog on FB about 2.5 years ago and I’ve been reading ever since! I so much appreciate your great tips, your candor, and the fact that you let us into your lives in a very personal way. Thanks for all you do!

  27. Found your blog through friends and haven’t looked back since. Too many good deals to remember which was best. My only problem is turning down those amazing ones when I know I can’t afford it. (Your personal Dave Ramsey story and other financial advice has helped reign me in though.)

  28. Best deal ever was the Dyson vacuum….it has been life-changing! 🙂 hahahaha!

  29. Love your blog, lots of relevant content, and enjoy your writing style. I don’t do much couponing, but used info on various deals for larger items, updates on Amazon deals, and learned about CVS cash and other strategies to look out for. Thank you!

  30. I love it all! I am inspired by your journey and really enjoy your articles but have scored countless great deals because of you. Thanks and happy bloggo-versary. I have been following you since the beginning.

  31. diane rabin says:

    Saw your blog on a friend’s wall and love your pesach suggestions/holiday tips/recipes.

  32. I honestly don’t remember how I found your blog. I enjoy learning about keeping kosher and getting out of debt.

  33. Congrats! The best deal I’ve gotten from you is either some jackets I got my son a good year ago or the white tablecloths that were on Amazon just a short while back. Thanks for all the tips.

  34. Mazal tov Mara! A friend shared one of your deals on Facebook and since them I’ve been hooked! I learned about Amazon local and Google offers from you!

  35. I love KOAB. A friend sent me the link and I follow you to read your fun posts and score great deals every week!

  36. Barbara elnekave says:

    Found it on Facebook
    Love when I see a new posting from you – it’s always worth taking a look to see what you’ve written
    Mazal Tov on such an accomplishment!

  37. I love how you post great amazon deals!

  38. Stuart (Shmuel) Stein says:

    Saw KOAB on facebook and joined. Love the deals and giveaways.

  39. All my friends follow your blog and they got me hooked. Thanks for all the great deals !!! .you saved me so much money !

  40. I discovered your blog via some friends on Facebook. Love reading it and especially loved one your latest posts on things to stock up on for Aliyah.

  41. I found you through a friend on FB.

  42. Found you blog from a friend’s blog, kitchen tested. Best Deal was my six quart kitchen aid. Love it.

  43. Randi Schulman says:

    found it from a friend and I adore the deals!

  44. latanya says:

    I love the Get Out of Debt section

  45. Yehuda Paret says:

    I’ve been getting the email from KOAB for about 2 years now. I like them because I sometimes see products that I was not aware of and appreciate the money saving links for stuff that I already like to use. I don’t remember how I found the site but I think it might have been from facebook when looking at other kosher sites.

  46. I came to your website through my sister – thanks Chan! & I love your personal twist to every deal! It makes a difference that you’re not just posting the facts of a deal, but you actually care and take the time to comment! thank you & mazal tov 🙂

  47. I’ve been really inspired by your cost cutting approaches as well as the balanced approach you bring to saving/ living your life.

  48. Hi! I love your blog!!! I became a member when a friend at work was telling me all about the amazing deals you post! I really enjoy your weekly round-ups on CVS!!! I get great deals and love starting my week with a great deal!!! THANKS!!!

  49. S Yaffe says:

    Someone posted this on FB -good site

  50. Diana C says:

    I came to read Your blog when I saw one of my dear FB friends liked you there.

    Diana C