In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

6 Ways to Beat Amazon's Prices

By Cameron Huddleston

Don't assume you’re always getting the best deal by shopping at the world’s largest online retailer

JewishWorldReview.com | For many of us, Amazon is our go-to retailer for a lot of our purchases. Once just an online bookstore, Amazon now dominates e-commerce and sells everything from health and beauty items to big-screen TVs and automotive parts. We don't just shop at the site because of its diverse product offering, though. One of the primary draws of Amazon is that its prices are tough to beat -- at least that's what many of us assume.

"Amazon benefits from a brand perception that it has the lowest prices, but our research has found this is not always the case," says Meghan Heffernan, consumer shopping expert for Savings.com. She and other shopping experts say that there are several things consumers should do before hitting the "buy" button on Amazon to make sure they actually are getting the best deal.

Check competitors' daily deals. Many big-box retailers have special prices on popular items for a limited time -- a week or sometimes just a day, says Kristin Cook, managing editor of Ben's Bargains. Best Buy, Home Depot, Sears and Staples are among the retailers that consistently beat Amazon's prices with their special deals. For example, a 46-inch Samsung HDTV recently featured in Best Buy's "Hottest Deals" list was $200 less than the Amazon price ($500 versus $698). Ben's Bargain's has a Cheaper Than Amazon feature that highlights the best deals each week.

Look for coupons from other retailers. Amazon makes it easy to research products with its in-depth reviews and ratings, Heffernan says. But once you've done your research on Amazon, she recommends checking coupon sites for discount codes to get a better price at another retailer. For example, Amazon may have the best base price on the North Face jacket you want, but it might also be available at Macy's, which frequently has coupons for 20% off that can bring the price down lower than Amazon's. You can find coupon codes at sites such as CouponCabin.com, RetailMeNot.com and Savings.com.

Know the best discount retailers. Many online retailers specialize in discounted merchandise and frequently beat Amazon's prices, Cook says. For clothing and shoes, 6pm.com often has better prices than Amazon - despite the fact that it's operated by Zappos, which is owned by Amazon. For outdoor apparel and gear, check Backcountry.com, REI Outlet and Sierra Trading Post. Newegg.com frequently has lower prices on computer hardware and accessories than Amazon, says Joe Warner, assistant managing editor of Ben's Bargains. These deals are offered to subscribers of its e-mail newsletter. Cowboom and TigerDirect.com also are good sources of tech deals. Oakley Vault (Oakley's outlet store) often has sunglasses available for much cheaper than at Amazon. For example, the same pair that was selling for$64.99 at Oakley Vault was $101 on Amazon.

Don't overlook eBay. Although this online auction site is known for its good deals on used items, many retail stores have an eBay storefront where they sell discounted items -- often with free shipping, Cook says. In particular, eBay is a great source of inexpensive electronics.


Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". HUNDREDS of columnists and cartoonists regularly appear. Sign up for the daily update. It's free. Just click here.

Stick to the supermarket or warehouse club for food items. Even with Amazon's subscribe and save program, which offers discounts of up to 15% on items you can schedule to be delivered to your home each month, the prices on many of the online retailer's food items don't beat regular warehouse club prices or sale prices at supermarkets. For example, a 48-pack of Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars sells for $20.98 on Amazon. You can get two pack of 36 bars (for a total of 72) for $19.96 at Sam's Club. Prices on most of Amazon's perishable items offered through its Amazon Fresh service in a few West Coast cities are a lot higher than at supermarkets, says Teri Gault, CEO of TheGroceryGame.com.

Check out other retailers' subscribe and save programs. As mentioned above, Amazon offers a discount if you schedule regular shipments of certain items. Its Amazon Mom program is known as a good way to get a 20% discount on diapers you subscribe to receive each month. But you have to have an Amazon Prime membership, which costs $99 a year. Target has its own subscription service that offers only a 5% discount but is free.

If you have a Target REDcard -- a debit card that links to your bank account -- you get an additional 5% off all purchases. And Target's store-brand diapers are cheaper than the lowest-priced brand-name diapers sold on Amazon. So you can score significant savings.

Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

Interested in a private Judaic studies instructor — for free? Let us know by clicking here.

Cameron Huddleston is an online editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

All contents copyright 2014 The Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC