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2/05/2017

Round-Up of Purim and Shalach Manos AKA Mishloach Manot Deals (over 60 of them!)



This year, Purim falls out on the evening of 3/11/17, which means that it's (gulp) 34 days away.  As with any holiday, one of the best ways to save money and hair-tearing-out on Purim is to buy what you need for it in advance and in a relaxed, unfrenzied way. Amazon is just swimming in great deals on supplies for Purim and for Mishloach Manot AKA Shalach Manos AKA Purim Packages.  

(I know some of you can do better at local stores, but we can't all live next to an Amazing Savings, LOL.)

Please make sure you check the dimensions of the product that you are ordering so that there will be no surprises when it arrives. Pictures can be deceiving; look at measurements.  Some of these bags are meant to hold loose candy/food inside of larger shalach manos containers, so those bags will be much smaller.

How much you spend on your Shalach Manos is a very personal matter. 

We divvy our Shalach Manos up into two categories:  fancyshmancy thank-you ones (these go to people who have done us special favors during the year) and en masse ones (these are the smaller one that we give to our friends and the general community).  Passover follows Purim by 4 weeks, and no one wants a ton of junk in their homes on the day after Purim, so we go for quality rather than quantity items in our fancyshmancy ones, and put only 4-5 food items in our en masse ones.  We don't do "themes."  It's not our style, we don't have kids, I'm not a big baker, and I don't have time to be that creative.

That said, I'm not critical of overly-done Shalach Manos (though they do sometimes make me laugh) because if it gets kids more engaged in Purim and the idea of enjoying giving and sharing, well, that is priceless.  But if you can do the same Mishloach Manot for less by snagging deals on Amazon, why wouldn't you?

I know some of you have expressed other priorities in putting together Shalach Manos packages:  using re-usable as opposed to disposable containers, using only healthy or organic food, etc.  I have posted some deals on bags that are re-usable here, but keep in mind that they will be a little pricier than disposable ones.  As far as healthy food goes, well, you're on your own there!

I'd love to hear about your Mishloach Manot strategies, so send them on down or even better, post them on the Daily Cheapskate Facebook page.

The closer we get to Purim, the higher these prices tend to climb, so shop early and shop well.


BAGS:


100-piece blue organza drawstring bags for $12.98 with free Prime/SuperSaver shipping (13 cents each).  These are VERY small, so they are best used for holding loose candy (like jellybeans and the like) inside of a larger Shalach Manos container.











60-count colorful print gift bags for $27.99 with free Prime/Supersaver shipping ($0.47 per bag). (Please note that even though they appear in the photo, there are no tags on these bags.)




















12-count Bright Tote Bags for $5.65 with free shipping (47 cents each; no Prime account required; items arrive in about a week)







THEME BAGS:











 8 Frozen loot bags for $3.67 with free Prime/SuperSaver shipping (46 cents per bag).




This is the one deal that's not on Amazon, but at Walmart, which had a much lower price:  8-count Star Wars Episode VII Bags for $1.99 with free in-store pickup (or free shipping with a $50 minimum order).  (25 cents per bag).

BOXES:





24-count white boxes for $10.10 with free Prime/SuperSaver shipping (42 cents per box). These don't come with doilies.

12-count white Fun Express boxes for $7.36 (Amazon Add-On item) (61 cents each).


Mini Treat Boxes (these are small, 3.5", be aware):

More colors of mini treat boxes are here.







THEME BOXES:


12-count LEGO boxes for $6.48 with free Prime/SuperSaver shipping (54 cents per box).

















FOOD FILLER ITEMS:

120-count bag of Charleston Chews in vanilla, $11.99 with free Prime/SuperSaver shipping (10 cents each). 



60-count of Pirate Booty 1/2 oz. bags for as low as $25.97 shipped with Subscribe and Save. (43 cents per bag).




24-pack of 1 oz. bags of Terra Chips, $15.29 shipped with Subscribe & Save program (64 cents per 1 oz. bag).


72-count 1 oz. Kettle Brand Backyard Barbecue potato chips for as low as $30.09 shipped with Amazon Subscribe & Save (42 cents per 1 oz. bag).


48-count gift box of Ferrero Rocher confections for $12.89 with free Prime/SuperSaver shipping (27 cents per candy).


EVERYTHING ELSE:





500-count Reynolds white cupcake liners, $6.44 with free Prime/SuperSaver shipping(1 cent each).

24-count pack of metallic masks for $5.90 with free Prime/SuperSaver shipping (25 cents per mask). 4.3 out of 5 stars over 194 customer reviews.







Gold-wire basket for $4.99 with free Prime/SuperSaver shipping for those extra special Mishloach Manot that are also thank you gifts.



500-yard spool of gold curling ribbon, $3.99 (Amazon Add-On item)


100 yards curling ribbon, $1.40 (Amazon Add-On item): comes in various colors.





This Chocolate edition of Monopoly is $15.79 with free Prime/SuperSaver shipping. (Hashgacha: OK Dairy, Chalav Stam.)



This Chocolate edition of Candy Land is $10.99 with free Prime/SuperSaver shipping. (Hashgacha: OK Dairy, Chalav Stam.)

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