There has been a crap load of stuff going on here but I have decided not to go there tonight. But I can't promise it won't surface here eventually :)
Instead this post is about shopping! And a sore point I have about it. You know I like to shop and I'm sure you've heard about Canadian shoppers flocking across the border to the US for bargains. I'm sure everyone who lives in the New England is familiar with us greedy Canadian shoppers.
Now I'm going to share why. This was prompted by a fun email exchange I had last night with an American blog friend. She emailed me a link to a pair of boots. Seriously gorgeous boots! She knew exactly my style. I told her I loved them but not for $569. She quickly replied, No, they are $389. So I double checked again. Nope - still $569. They are priced differently on the Canadian and US site of the same store! That is a $180 difference. INSANITY.
I looked at a different style boot, same store. Canadian page $639. US page $448. That's a $191 difference.
When my Vermont family visits every summer they always say the same thing after going for groceries. "How do you afford to eat with these high prices?" So I thought I would share a few samples of the prices at my grocery store for basic staples.
4 litres of milk (close to a US gallon) - $7.80
1 loaf of Ben's white bread - $3.49
1 box of Oatmeal Crisp cereal (regular size NOT family size) - $5.29
1 pound of butter - $5.19
1 block of Cracker Barrel cheddar cheese (almost a pound) - $8.99
Honestly I cannot understand the wide variance in prices. So now you may understand a bit better why you see so many Canadians across the border.
P.S. as HOT as those boots were, I am not buying them ;)