Thursday, September 20, 2007

Do They Look Equal To You?

Yep, it finally happened.................the Canadian dollar ( Loonie) hit a high today......$1.0006 to our American dollar. It quickly fell to 99.86, whoopie. So basically it is equal but prices on items are not. We live about 2 1/2 hours or so from Kalispell Montana where things are booming big time . They have a shopping center with, get this, a Target, a Ross, AND a TJMaxx right next to each other which is connected to Home Depot. Across the street? Lowes and Costco! We have been going down "to the states" to buy building materials and appliances for our home and have found that alot of things are half as cheap and plus there is no state tax in Montana. When crossing the border we pay the GST (canadian tax) and duty ONLY if the items were not made in the US or Mexico ( that kind of stuff usually is). Clothing is a different story. So with the gas prices the way they are it is still worth the time and gas to buy our drywall, appliances, kitchen cupboards and granite in Montana. We are lucky that we live so close to the border and have a trailer in order to take advantage of the US prices. My latest discovery is Old have a Montana PO box so we pay no tax and shipping is only $5 no matter how much you buy. Neal's complete school wardrobe is from!!

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