November 19, 2013

shopping in the usa

It's no secret that I LOVE to shop in the States... stuff in general is different and also much cheaper compared to the Canadian prices. 

It is approx. a 4-hour drive to the Waterloo Premium Outlets near Syracuse NY. Bidou and I usually try to go twice a year (Spring and Fall)... like for a weekend getaway "shop till you drop" style. My favourite outlets are Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and Loft. Honestly, besides a pair of jeans or a blouses here and there, I do not think I have clothes shop in Canada in the last 5 years.

Besides purchasing clothes, I also LOVE to purchase groceries and household stuff every time I visit the States.  Below you will find a list of stuff that I love to purchase and the reasons why ~

My U.S. Walmart/Target Haul

From left to right, top to bottom.

Kellogg's Special Red Berries ~ One of Bidou's favourite cereals. A box this size in Canada is priced at $5.99 each.  Bought 3 boxes at Walmart and paid $3.37.

EOS Shaving Cream ~ Since discovering their lip balm and loving it, I needed to try their shaving cream and picked up a bottle on my last trip to the States last summer. Since running out, I've been looking high and low for some in Canada but can't find any. Bought 3 bottles and paid $3.48 at Target. Hopefully, it will last until my next visit.

Pretzel Chips - These chips with hummus is my favourite all time go to healthy mid-afternoon work snack. I can only find these chips at the Bulk Barn in Canada and they usually retail for $3.99 for a very small bag. Paid $2.48 at Walmart for these big bag. Bought 2 of them.

Dole Pineapple Juice ~ These do exist in Canada but only in very large cans.  I love the individual serving ones to pack in my lunches.

Red Velvet Cake Mix ~ My new favourite dessert! Love making them into cupcakes and sharing with my co-workers on a Friday. We can purchase these in Canada for $3.99 a box. The US price is $1.29 ~ a real bargain!! I bought 17 boxes at Target and Walmart (and empties their shelves). I see many red velvet cupcakes in my future!!! :)

Ziploc Versa Glass Containers ~ I've been trying to replace all of my cheap plastic containers for glass ones. I love these.... and you can purchase only in the U.S.

Quaker Oats Old Fashion Oatmeal ~ Call me crazy but I swear Canadian oatmeal does not taste the same as the U.S. one.

Pace Chunky Salsa - Bidou's favourite salsa in the entire world (I can't stand this kind!) and can't purchase in Canada.

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix ~ I have never seen this in Canada... anxious to make them! 

Please come back tomorrow, I'll post pictures of the stuff that I bought at the Outlets and at Destiny USA mall.

Any items that you like to purchase while visiting the States?


  1. Stuff in the states is definitely cheaper! Oh, I like your idea of dipping pretzels in hummus! Yum!

  2. Wait... do they not have Target in Canada?!?!?! I can't focus on anything but that scary thought right now!

  3. Special K Red Berries is my favorite.

    I've been trying to replace all of my plastic tupperware with glass also.