It’s a Giveaway | KOAB Is Turning 5 & I’m Giving Away 5 $50 Gift Cards!

Happy 5th Birthday KOAB | My blog is turning 5 and I'm giving away 5 $50 gift cards - choose between Amazon, Target or Starbucks! Thanks for being a reader and best of luck!As of 12:01 am EST, entries on this giveaway are closed. The winners will be notified in the morning. I’m sorry but comments left after this time will not be accepted as valid entries.


Yes, my friends, it’s Kosher on a Budget’s 5th birthday!

Five years is a long time – and yet it feels like it has zoomed by in the blink of an eye. This is my longest tenure at a single “job” – and I’m sure it goes without saying, but it’s been the most enjoyable, rewarding job I’ve ever been blessed to have.

If you are newer to KOAB, you may not know the story of how we got started here. Five years ago, my dear friend Amy was sitting on my back porch, talking with me about some great deal I’d gotten on toothpaste at CVS. She suggested I start a money-saving blog for people who keep kosher. “Yeah, right,” I said. “The field is so saturated. The last thing the world needs is yet another frugal blog.”

Secretly, I’d thought about it before, but I’d always written it off. It seemed too big, too scary, too audacious to think I could really do it.

Fortunately, though, that afternoon something in me finally clicked. Then I had to broach the idea with my husband, who thankfully was all in. In fact, I remember exactly what he said to me, “I’ll be behind you 150% as long as you are 100% committed to this!” Ha, little did he realize just how committed I was going to be! KOAB is like a 4th child in our family at this point!

Over the past 60 months, Kosher on a Budget has grown so far beyond even my wildest dreams. In August 2010, I was thrilled because I had 1000 page views in a month. Today, Kosher on a Budget sees 1000 page views in an hour. Whoa!

My love for you all, though, is far more than something that can summed up in statistics. Your comments, shares, likes, and — best of all — personal notes mean the world to me. I’m so honored that you’ve made my blog your blog – the place you come for all the latest money-saving information.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for supporting KOAB by sharing it with your friends and relatives. Thank you so, so much!

Mush fest aside, now it’s time to PARTY! And it wouldn’t be a party without some awesome giveaways.

I thought a lot about what I wanted to give away, and I hope that you guys will be happy with what I chose to do.

Since I want to reward as many of you as possible, I’m going to be giving away prizes to FIVE (5) lucky winners, who will get to choose a $50 gift card to either Amazon, Target or Starbucks.

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Amazon, because where else can you click three times and get a new toilet, some toilet paper and a toilet decal all in one place, delivered to your door in 48 hours?

Target, ‘cuz I know some of you still prefer shopping in a real store rather than online – it’s okay, I still love you! 😉

And Starbucks, ‘cuz, love.

It’s up to each winner to choose whichever $50 gift card they want – and I’ll be sure to send it over to them right away.

There are five ways to enter this giveaway – the first is required. You can feel free to do any or all of the other four in order to increase your chances of winning.

#1 Required Entry – Leave me a comment on this post. Share your birthday wishes; tell me your favorite post of all time; or just say “Hey!”. Any comment will do! (There are two ways to leave a comment below – either is great!)

#2 Optional Entry – Subscribe to the KOAB Email Newsletter. With all the changes in Facebook, email is where it’s at if you want to make sure you don’t miss a single deal! Once you subscribe, leave me a separate comment that you have done so (or if you’re already a subscriber, just let me know that).

#3 Optional Entry – Share this post with your friends on Facebook. Just click the blue “like” button at the top of this post or the “f” square on the left side of the post. I know you probably feel like your friends must know about KOAB, but of the nearly 16,000 or so people who’ve liked KOAB, they have over 150,000 friends who haven’t done so yet! Again, leave a separate comment once you’ve shared.

#4 Optional Entry – Sign up to get Text Alerts from KOAB. I send out text messages hottest deals that are likely to expire before you can get to them. Just text KOABDeals to 40404. Yep, you’ve got it – leave a separate comment that you’ve signed up.

#5. Optional Entry – Follow KOAB on Instagram. I’m not an avid IGer, but I’m trying to get better. (This month, I’m doing another Whole30, so most of my feed will be food pixs!) Then, come back and leave a separate comment — and, if you want, tell me your Instagram name, so I can follow you back!

You have until July 13th at 11:59 pm EST to enter this giveaway. The five winners will be notified the next day by email. If I don’t hear back from you in 48 hours, I will sadly need to pick another winner.

Fine Print: You must be 18 years or older to enter. You may live outside of the United States to enter, but I can’t guarantee that you can use the gift card abroad – sorry. I am personally paying for these gift cards. Neither Amazon, Target nor Starbucks does not know about, sponsor nor endorse this giveaway.


  1. rachel cartucci says

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY WITH sprinkles on top…and a cherry. Hope you have many happy bloggy years ahead of ya!

  2. rachel cartucci says

    I’m a subscriber with the email rachelcartucci(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Stephanie says

    Congratulations on 5 years and many more!

  4. Yom Huledet Sameach! What would I do without you!

  5. Also signed up for text messages! 🙂

  6. I love this website – thank you for doing what you do!

  7. Amy Goldkin says

    Thank you for being my go to girl to save money! It really is important to me! Thank you!

  8. Best wishes! Mazal tov

  9. Lauren Maultasch says

    Happy Birthday! The most useful post was on what to buy at Costco.

  10. Lauren Maultasch says


  11. I love this blog! I got one of the car seats that was featured recently and was thrilled to get a great item at a great price!

  12. Mazal tov and kol hakavod!

  13. I love getting your daily emails

  14. Happy Bday!

  15. Lanie Kellman says

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for finding great deals!

  16. Lanie Kellman says

    I subscribe to your newsletter, love it!

  17. I check in twice a day! Keep up the good work!

  18. I love this blog, and send it along to friends all the time!

  19. I am a newsletter subscriber!

  20. Batsheva says

    WOOHOO! I love KOAB!

  21. Happy birthday!
    Thanks for all the wonderful money saving deals!!
    And looking forward to many many more…..

  22. Rachel perry says

    Happy birthday! You have saved me a lot of money over the years.

  23. I’m so glad to have found this website, and I subscribe to the newsletter also!

  24. Happy Birthday!! Looking forward to sharing many more birthdays with you. Love the website very informative and helpful.

  25. I already subscribe to e-mails.

  26. Happy Birthday and thank you for your hard work that makes our lives easier.

  27. Great blog, I check it every day!
    thank you and happy birthday!

  28. Hi KOAB 🙂

    Thanks for all the great deals 🙂

  29. Liked and shared on Facebook

  30. I’ve been following KOABDeals on Twitter for a while now!

    Happy Birthday!


  31. Pam Sockness says

    Hey,hey,hey, Happy Birthday!!!

  32. Happy Birthday!

  33. Also, I am an email subscriber. Thanks for the give away!

  34. Congrats!

  35. Happy Birthday and thank you!

  36. Hey!

  37. This party is almost as exciting as all of the deals. /s

  38. Subscribed to the newsletter

  39. Recieve text alerts

  40. Happy Blog Birthday!! I love reading your blog and getting the best deals around!! You really helped us save money this year on toys, clothes, snacks and much more!! Thank you so much!! You should continue to have so much success with your blog and helping people save money!!

  41. I am already an email subscriber!!

  42. I’m an e mail subscriber! Thanks!

  43. Natalie billington says

    Congratulations on 5 years hard work. Love your site but most of all love your story and you teaching me the need to budget! Next to learn to stick with the budget….

  44. Also getting text alerts! TY

  45. Happy Birthday Mara!! Thank you for all your tips. Look ing forward to more!!

  46. thanks for all your great deals!

  47. Rachelle says

    I just SUBSCRIBED to your e-mails! Looking forward!

  48. Happy 5 birthday!
    I also follow on Instagram!

  49. i am already subscribed to the newsletters

  50. Happy Birthday and here’s the many more! I love your tips, thanks for all that you do!