One of the more interesting group sites on Facebook this year was Kosher Costco.

Now you might ask why I would consider Kosher Costco a top site when there are thousands of groups out there with fascinating topics, not to mention the millions of groups of a political nature. And so, my friends, I will tell you.

When you have limited time to run from store to store, especially for Pesach shopping, you need the thousands of people floating around Costco (and many other stores) keeping you abreast of what special items are popping up on the shelves that you might miss or run out of so you can stop whatever you are doing and run over there to buy them.

How would I have known about all the Chantilly and Schick’s goodies if the good people going to Costco from Atlanta to Houston did not notify me in time? There were shmurah matzah bargains as well (which I missed).

For those of us needing assistance with our Pesach shopping, these Paul Reveres are invaluable friends.

For that matter, who could resist the call to arms to run right over to Stop & Shop with that coupon for a free 5 lb. box of matzos, taking advantage of our good fortune to have a Stop & Shop near us? Forget about the fact that everything else for Pesach besides the free matzos was more expensive than in other stores — we must get those free matzos even if it means buying soap and napkins to meet the $25 minimum.

So what was a girl to do when she missed out on the shmurah matzah at Costco? “Hey,” said my new Facebook friends, “Walmart and Amazon are also selling shmurah matzah!”

“Well,” I told myself, “there is a limit to how crazy I am going to get. Am I going to run to Walmart for shmurah matzah? This is New York — there should be shmurah matzah coming out of the rafters!” That being said, who could resist going online to see if it was really true that Walmart and Amazon were selling shmurah matzah and, if so, how much they were charging?

I went to check out both sites and, sure enough, there was a variety of  shmurah matzah being offered on both sites — not at any bargain price, unless you live out of New York, but there nonetheless. I suddenly wondered how on earth anyone could hope to order shmurah matzah online and expect it to withstand UPS delivery.

I can see it now. The UPS guy coming up the walk, package in hand. He reaches the stairs or porch and tosses the package to land at the door (no “fragile” sticker warnings for this guy). Can you imagine the inside of that package! I can just visualize a box full of crumbs to be tossed out-side so the birds could enjoy shmurah matzah this Pesach!

Somehow though, our search for bargains ends up as just another practice session for bedikat chametz, because no matter how many bargains we search for, the bill for everything we buy for Pesach is always through the roof.

Maybe the question we should add to the Seder is, “How do we manage to use up all the stuff we buy for Pesach each year in just eight days?” It must be a miracle that we spend 8–10 times the amount we would normally spend on a regular week’s worth of groceries for just one week of Pesach! A chag kasher v’sameach to one and all!

Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real estate broker (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and a licensed N.Y.S. loan officer (FM Home Loans) with over 20 years of experience offering full service residential, commercial, and management real estate services as well as mortgage services. She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or via her website, www.AVCrealty.com. Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to anessa@AVCrealty.com.

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