Okay…so recently there has been quite a bit of a kerfuffle around Canadians and their cross-border shopping. Apparently, Canucks “taking advantage” are swarming around Bellingham’s Costco like bees to a honey pot. Photos of B.C. cars taking up two parking spaces and accounts of rudeness in the store line ups are giving us a bad reputation with our southern neighbours. One major draw for Canadian consumers, it seems, is milk. Videos showing (presumed) Canadians scrambling to get as much milk as possible are going viral.
What’s the deal? Is the milk really THAT much cheaper there? The answer, in fact, is yes. It really is.
2 gallons of milk at Vancouver Costco = Aprox. $8.00
2 gallons of milk @ Bellingham Costco = Aprox. $5.25
Personally, the nearly $3 of savings is not worth the drive for me. Also, I believe the federal restrictions around hormones in milk are much more stringent in Canada than in the U.S., which would make me question why I would want to buy my milk there.
However, a deal on the price of wine…now that makes this mama happy! For example, one of my favorites:
Layer Cake Shiraz @ BC Liquor Store = Aprox. $28.00
Layer Cake Shiraz @ Fred Meyer = Aprox. $14.00
That’s half price! And the “deals” (term is relative based on where you live and how much you get ripped off on a regular basis) as far as wine goes are endless. Frankly, though, my joy is bittersweet; I can’t help but feel pissed off that I typically have to pay so effing much to get my drink on. Now, I’m not enough of a wine-o (quiet out there…you know who you are!) to make a weekly trip, but I’ll admit that when I am down in the U.S., I do pick up a few favorite bottles.
Listen up, Bellingham. Next time you are angry about how many Canadians are coming down and shopping in your stores, consider this…you have the cheap wine! Be happy! Because, friends, wine makes everything better.
P.S. Don’t even get me started on the kind of house you can buy in Bellingham compared to Vancouver…perhaps they should worry about their land, instead of their milk. LOL!