OT Canada V US

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bradylove - February 18

Interesting tidbits...so dh, the kids and I went shopping in Maine today . Canadians usually go shopping in the states for cheaper prices and more variety... at least that's why I go. Here's what I've discovered - most of the food in the US is packaged in larger containers than in Canada and sells for about the same price with the exchange...however...when it comes to baby products the reverse is true. In Canada, Gerber baby food comes in 4.5 oz jars for stages 1 and 2 for about 54 cents/jar at walmart (haven't found any stage 3 here yet). in the US you can either get 2-3.5oz jar for 1.19 or a 6oz jar of stage 3 for 99 cents and I didn't get the price of the small jars, but they are SMALL compared to Canada's. I still bought some because the variety was so much better. Same thing for Beechnut, the jars are so much smaller. And the other thing was diapers! Cruisers were 17 something in the US for the same package selling at 17 something in Canada (obviously cheaper in Canada since our money is worth less). Same thing for formula! It's kind of disturbing when I think that you guys in the states pay so much for baby supplies but that your Large size Tims is our Extra Large!! LOL!! Anyone else notice this???

 

bradylove - February 18

oh yeah..and I bought an OPK,waaaayyyyyyy cheaper!

 

Lisastar9 - February 18

O buy gerber jarred food from walmart at 36 cents and the larger size is 87 cents . I live in sk Canada.

 

Lisastar9 - February 18

O = I..sorry for typo

 

bradylove - February 18

wow...36 cents! that's great! the cheapest I've seen it is 54 here in NB.

 

ssmith - February 18

What's an OPK? I LOVE shopping in the States!! I have also noticed that the baby food jars are much smaller....hum.

 

Brittany - February 18

I've never noticed this but then again, I haven't looked into it much. All I ever see are the canadian prices on the back of books and things like that. The US are greedy people though (in my opinion)...I live in the US too. Whatever we can do to make a buck and we'll do it. I'm jealous of your healthcare, I'd rather my money be worth less (and pay alot) and have free healthcare than pay what feels like alot for everything and still have c___ppy healthcare!! Sigh, us americans grrr LOL.

 

bradylove - February 18

ssmith: ovulation predictor kit.... Have you guys ever noticed the difference in the size of McDonald's fries and and the number of nuggets you get too? You know how they say "everythings bigger in Texas"? Well for Canucks, it's "everythings bigger in the States!" LOL!!

 

Shea - February 18

I remember when the opposite was true. In middle school I went to Canada (Quebec & Montreal) and everything was way cheaper there. It was great because at that age, my cla__smates and I didn't have much cash. Brittany , in my opinion your US comment is rude, if you feel that way, why don't you move? I think both the US and Canadiens are lovely people in general and for the record I wouldn't trade my health care for anything.

 

bradylove - February 18

Well, the healthcare topic is a whole other thing...sometimes you get what you pay for, catch my drift! But you know, the US being the richest country in the world, don't have great social programs. But they are the closest thing to real capitalism. Canada is by no means a Sweden (Kids have really got it made there!), but we do have some good things going on. This is very very very controversial so I will stop there before I am booted off this forum!!! I love the US and Canada very much! I just find it so interesting that we can be so close to each other yet be so different! Eh??

 

Brittany - February 18

Moving to a whole other country takes time to become a citizen, it's not like I'm complaining enough to want to move. Sorry you took the comment rudely. This thread was Canada vs. US, obviously in a situation like this, one country will be somewhat better than the other (hense the vs. part). I like them both, they both have pros and cons, I like america. Not all americans are greedy. It's just funny though, we're dealing with global warming and how we have huge SUVs and don't care about making the world a better place and how we're in iraq. Whatever, I'm just rambling. Sorry, I shouldn't have voiced my opinion.

 

bradylove - February 18

Brittany, please do voice your opinion, that's what I love about our countries and that's one thing they have in common, we can speak our minds. Ignore the rude people, but please don't stop speaking your mind! I'm totally with you on the global warming issue...and Iraq. Let's stop wasting money and lives on senseless things that make the world an awful place to be and let's work together as humans to fix this planetary issue!! I think good old GB junior needs to watch The Secret along with his counterpart PM SH...lol!!

 

Sindel - February 18

I am Canadian but live in the States with my husband.. My son was born here and so will my next child too.. I felt a bit of culture shock moving to the States hearing people say they can't afford to go to the doctor etc.. Where I am used to just going if I feel the need.. Thats when i got my 1000 dollar doctor bill.. =\ Its crazy I wish they would change it so if you need to go you can and not worry about expenses like that.... And hearing my husbands aunt saying that she doesnt let her kids climb trees or play at other peoples houses because if they hurt themselves they'd have to sue the other parents for the cost of medical bills... that amazed me.. Then theres just the different foods and things.. Like Cornpops ( my fav cereal =)) is made completely different here in the States than in Canada.. Taco Bell in the States doesnt make the fry supreme.. yumm.. I'm also 6 months prego so I've been thinking a lot of home and all those comfort foods that I miss hehe.. OH and the TIM HORTONS.. I wanna open my own store up here just so I can have a ice cap.. Oh I miss Canada. =)

 

bradylove - February 18

Sindel - Yummy Ice Caps!! They have Tims in the border towns, not sure how far in they've gone yet though...anyone know? I didn't know about the Corn Pops! They are so good, I can't imagine them being any different! I know the chips are a bit different, like Doritos don't taste quite the same...This is funny but one of my favorite things that I can only get in the States in Bushes Baked Beans! ooohh, hat baout Kraft Dinner...totally diff eh? What is it again...Kraft Macaroni and Cheese?

 

bradylove - February 18

that was supposed to be "what about" not "hat baout" LOL

 

BriannasMummy - February 19

OH im soo soo soo aware of all of this!! I live right on the border.. Maine is seconds away from my parents house. The diapers are about the same price in either country.. so Canada's are cheaper because of the exchange. I find clothes cheaper for babies in USA then in Canada though.. i can buy a complete AWESOME snow suit in Calais for 25 bux.. the exact same suit in Canada is 70! There are a lot of baby things and adult things that are cheaper in USA then in Canada.. but when it comes to foods for baby its usually a bit more expensive. I really love going to Maine for shopping.. i always come back with lots of cool things!! ~Kristin~

 

Erin1979 - February 19

I am in Ontario, and my SIL and I go shopping is Buffalo all the time. Generally I don't even look at the food, I just by clothes!!! I love Carters, and the outlets are so wonderful. It's a nice getaway. I know what you mean about the Tim's coffee....I was so shocked when she handed me an extra large!! Made me laugh.

 

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