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    • notanewuser
    • By notanewuser 14th Jun 17, 6:55 PM
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    What to buy in the US
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    What to buy in the US 14th Jun 17 at 6:55 PM
    First trip to the US in 10 years this summer. Ignoring the poor state of the £ (it was $2 to the £1 then). Is there anything o should be looking to buy whilst there?
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    • hollie.weimeraner
    • By hollie.weimeraner 14th Jun 17, 7:15 PM
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    I would say anything you are planning to buy in the next 6 months but price it up before you go and then assess if it is actually cheaper in the US.
    After that you need to establish whether warranties are valid or not in the UK.
    Things like sim free Apple products are warrantied here but iphones and Ipads with sims aren't.
    We went last September and didn't think things were that cheap (including clothes).
    Some clothes are worth buying because you can't get them here and we bought a few things in an outlet mall in Vegas but not too much really.
    • George Michael
    • By George Michael 14th Jun 17, 7:17 PM
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    First trip to the US in 10 years this summer. Ignoring the poor state of the £ (it was $2 to the £1 then). Is there anything o should be looking to buy whilst there?
    Originally posted by notanewuser
    To be honest, that's very much like asking "how long is a piece of string?"
    Without a bit more information, no one on here could have any idea of the sort of things that you may be interested in.

    Do you have any hobbies?, do you have any children?, and if so, what are their approximate ages? What sort of clothing do you normally buy?
    Etc
    Etc
    • notanewuser
    • By notanewuser 14th Jun 17, 7:23 PM
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    Have 1 child (coming with us) aged 6. Not really thinking clothes.

    Was looking at cosmetics, jewellery, technology etc.
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 14th Jun 17, 7:26 PM
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    Nowt.

    The pound is too weak, just have a great holiday.
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
    • IAmWales
    • By IAmWales 14th Jun 17, 8:11 PM
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    Sephora and Bath & Body Works are worth a visit, but you're unlikely to find any great savings on branded goods.

    Remember to check the tax rate for wherever you're going!
    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 14th Jun 17, 9:48 PM
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    Naproxen painkillers!
    • IAmWales
    • By IAmWales 14th Jun 17, 10:07 PM
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    Naproxen painkillers!
    Originally posted by PeacefulWaters
    You can get Naproxen OTC here under the brand name Feminax, or you can get it on prescription.

    Gives me chronic heartburn!
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 14th Jun 17, 11:29 PM
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    You can get Naproxen OTC here under the brand name Feminax, or you can get it on prescription.

    Gives me chronic heartburn!
    Originally posted by IAmWales
    Not in packs of 1000 tablets!

    Ibuprofen and paracetamol (acetaminophen) also available in industrial size packs, around $15-$20.

    NANU, depends where you're going, we've just got back from Orlando, we got some good deals at the outlet malls, I got a few handbags, Fossil and Kipling for $20 each, my daughter got some Vans for $30, some Nike dancewear really cheap, $10 for tops, sports bras, leggings, OH got a Fossil watch $135 instead of £175, daughter also got a lot of Elf make-up. Oh and a giant jar of Jif peanut butter (that's all mine!)
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    • iltisman
    • By iltisman 14th Jun 17, 11:47 PM
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    Petrol is cheap
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    • notanewuser
    • By notanewuser 15th Jun 17, 7:07 AM
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    Petrol is cheap
    Originally posted by iltisman
    Glad to hear it. We're doing a 2000+ mile road trip around Colorado!
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    • photome
    • By photome 15th Jun 17, 8:22 AM
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    Chrystal lights ( I drink it all the time)

    hearo ear plugs 33db ones

    american breakfast cereal


    You did ask!

    I always get all 3 as they are all much more expensive in the UK
    • photome
    • By photome 15th Jun 17, 8:25 AM
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    Petrol is cheap
    Originally posted by iltisman
    nearly $3 a gallon a couple of weeks ago (american gallon is smaller)
    depending on type of car, if you have an american gas guzzler it would be a similar cost per mile.

    we had a Fusion Hybrid (mondeo) very comfortabe and averaged nearly 40 to the gallon so it was very cheap to run
    • notanewuser
    • By notanewuser 15th Jun 17, 8:34 AM
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    My uk car does 12 to the gallon so pretty much anything we drive in the us will be cheaper!
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    • sillygoose
    • By sillygoose 15th Jun 17, 9:05 AM
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    I always seemed to end up at Toys-r-us as Lego sets were quite a bit cheaper.

    They also get all the craze toys and collectibles before us. Past years I have bought back Disney Cars collectibles, models you couldn't get here, Trashies, stuff like that.

    More recently, couple of years ago I bought back a few elf on a shelf toys I got from Walmart for under $10 that were in short supply here and being sold at a massive premium.

    Its knowing what is trending, fortunately my kids are too old for that stuff now.

    Interesting people mention medicines. I am off to Greece in the summer, there are two medications I need daily that are generic so cost pennies. But the government only allows my doctor to prescribe 56 days at a time and you just can't buy it over the counter. So I am paying 5 times the actual cost of the medicine. The annual ticket would still barely break even.

    Greek pharmacists are happy to sell me a years worth without prescription for little more than the cost of a single NHS prescription of which I would need 6.5 here to cover a year.
    • notanewuser
    • By notanewuser 15th Jun 17, 9:10 AM
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    My DD is saving all of her pocket money ready to splurge on tat at Toys R Us.
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 15th Jun 17, 9:35 AM
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    Clinique cosmetics are cheap in the USA, especially if bought at an airport, so tax free.

    When the exchange rate was better they worked out cheaper than Number 7. Luckily I have a stock of moisturiser.

    We last went in January, I bought very little. A sweater from Gap because I liked it, not for price.
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    • *~Zephyr~*
    • By *~Zephyr~* 15th Jun 17, 9:52 AM
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    Remember that you are only allowed to bring back £390 worth of stuff from the USA. Anything over that will incur duty charges.


    Unless you are just planning on waltzing through "Nothing to Declare" and hoping not to get caught, that is
    • notanewuser
    • By notanewuser 15th Jun 17, 9:53 AM
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    Clinique cosmetics are cheap in the USA, especially if bought at an airport, so tax free.

    When the exchange rate was better they worked out cheaper than Number 7. Luckily I have a stock of moisturiser.

    We last went in January, I bought very little. A sweater from Gap because I liked it, not for price.
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    I do use Clinique, so thank you for that tip.
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    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 15th Jun 17, 9:55 AM
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    Glad to hear it. We're doing a 2000+ mile road trip around Colorado!
    Originally posted by notanewuser
    You won't be disappointed.

    Pagosa Springs and a bit of heated bathing next to the San Juan River was a pretty unexpected joy last year.
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