How to make the most of your Shai Lachag gift cards

It’s almost that time of year again, boys and girls! Twice a year, many Israeli employers traditionally bestow their employees with gifts for the holidays. In the next few weeks, you may find yourself the proud new owner of a couple bottles of wine, a honey jar, cookware or maybe even a snazzy plastic or digital gift card. Hurray! So after you’ve drunk the wine and hidden away the rest of your goodies, what do you do with that gift card? The possibilities are endless. If you’re like many people, you might just tuck it into your wallet or lose it in your email and forget about it. After all, how much more FOX clothes and housewares can you possibly need?

In this post we will explore the different types of gift cards out there, tell you which ones we like best, and show you how to get the most out of your fake money. If you are one of the people in the above “lost gift cards” category, go find them! They’re probably still good and you can use them to save you money.

Now the question arises: Where do we get all of this BuyMe?

Between the two of us, we’ve been fortunate enough to receive occasional BuyMes for holidays, birthdays and the rare prize at work. We also do short surveys in our free time and earn BuyMe and cash (paid to Paypal) that way. In the past year, both of us completing these few minute surveys earned us over 1,700 shekels combined. Most surveys tell you in advance how long they’ll take and how much they pay out. Some are part of academic studies, others are market research for companies. Our favorites are public opinion surveys. You know those statistics in the media that say “X percent of Israelis do Y”? It’s always fun being part of those.

Our favorite survey sites are:

We find that there are periods we get lots of surveys and also occasional dry spells. It depends on factors such as upcoming elections, the academic year, and other things. Don’t give up 🙂


What do you get for shai lachag? What do you plan to buy with it?

Disclaimer: All of the survey links above, aside from Prolific, contain our referral links. Clicking on them will support our Fionist journey and won’t cost you anything. Thank you! 🙂


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