Sunday, November 29, 2009

Find It for Cheap in the U.S.A

Well we're back from our weekend in the States where we enjoyed cheap shopping and cheap beer. Well my husband enjoyed cheap beer, and we both enjoyed cheap shopping. It never ceases to amaze me how much more we pay in Canada for our alcohol, food, gas and everyday items. I'll give you an example: an 18 pack of beer here is $29.99 (plus we pay 10 cents deposit per can) and in the U.S an 18 pack is a measly $8.99 (at least where we found it this weekend it was). The alcohol content is the same and I'm sure it's made at the same factory. 

Not only are the prices so different but the variety in the States for something so simple like marshmallows can leave you scratching your head in aisle 9 of Walmart thinking to yourself, should I buy strawberry marshmallows or coconut? Here in Canada you're just going to be buying the plain old marshmallows because that is all there is to buy. Don't get me wrong, I'm a proud Canadian, I just don't get why we pay through the nose for our stuff here. Ok well I do know why, it boils down to the government taxing Canadians for everything in order to pay for public health care. I'm apprecitive of our health care system but it doesn't change the fact that I hate paying top dollar for a pathetic bottle of wine. 

Well that said, we made it to the Carters half price sale, everything in the store for 50% off. If that happened here people would be trampling one another to get into the store and it would most likely make the top story on the evening news. So with the Canadian dollar strong and the U.S border just 15 minutes away call me a proud Canadian who likes to spend her time and money in the U.S.


  1. Wow! I had no idea it was so much more expensive there!

  2. I enjoyed some cheap shopping too! Visiting from MBC and following you now. Check out my frugal shopping when you get a chance!

  3. Hey there, thanks for visiting, Im off to check out your blog!!

  4. if it's a bargain - who cares?!?!?! here from sits - come enter my giveaway!

  5. Hey there SITSta! Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    I can't believe how much you all pay for beer! Now, I'm not a beer drinker but it's still so appalling. I grew up in Hawaii and we paid an arm and a leg for everything as well but it seemed like it was a little more jusitfied since all of our goods crossed the Pacific Ocean. It just doesn't make any sense that you all have to pay so much. Come on over to the US and shop anytime you like!

    -Kristi, Hello...Is This On?

  6. The tables were turned in 99. I lived in upstate NY at the time and we would go shopping in Canada! Oh how life has changed... now I'm the mom of three preschoolers, when did that happen?

    Have you thought about brewing your own beer?


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