Ship Spring Cleaning Products and Save Money!

Ah, spring, when a person’s thoughts turn to…cleaning. Yes, spring cleaning is a ritual as old as humankind.  There’s something about the warmer temperatures and fresh air that make us want to throw open the windows and scrub the place from top to bottom. But how can Canadians get all our cleaning supplies and still have enough money left over for a spring fling or two?  The answer: ship spring cleaning products to a U.S. address!

Ship Spring Cleaning Products and Save Money!

If you live in Canada and like to shop online at sites like Amazon, you don’t have to pay the high Canadian prices or any outrageous shipping charges. Need A US Address gives you an American shipping address you can use for an easy, secure way to save money on all your cleaning supplies (and more).

Let’s look at how much we can save by shopping online and working with Need A US Address. Continue reading Ship Spring Cleaning Products and Save Money!

How Canadians Can Get Big Savings On Valentine’s Day Gifts

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“Oh, snap! Valentine’s Day is almost here, and I haven’t gotten my honey anything. Gosh, prices are so darn expensive here in Canada. I’d like to get my special someone something really nice, but I don’t want to mortgage our little love cottage to do it. I wish I could take advantage of those great deals I’m finding on U.S. retail websites. Hold on. Who are you?”

“I’m Cupid, of course.”

“Uh, okay. What are you doing here? Continue reading How Canadians Can Get Big Savings On Valentine’s Day Gifts

9 Money-Saving Tips For Canadian Cross-Border Shoppers

If you’re like most Canadians, you’re always looking for bargains. But if you’re someone who likes to travel to the Lower 48 to do your shopping, you may be a bit dismayed by the erosion of your buying power due to the declining Loonie.

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However, shopping in the U.S. is still worthwhile. There are bargains to be had and ways you can adapt your spending habits to maximize the value of your Canadian dollars. We’ve put together a list of 8 ways Canadians can save when shopping across the border. These handy tips will help you to get the most out of your American shopping excursions in the New Year.

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How Canadians Can Save Money In 2017

Well, 2017 is just around the corner, and we’re getting ready to celebrate by saving some serious cash on our Canadian online purchases in 2017.

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Wait. What? Are we living in some alternate universe where Canadians actually pay the same for retail items as their friends in the States? How is this possible?

It’s no secret that the Loonie has been on quite a rollercoaster ride of late; especially after the U.S. elections. It’s well-documented that Canadians generally pay more for retail goods than U.S. shoppers do. In fact, we’ve discussed this issue many times here on our informative Need A US Address blog. Continue reading How Canadians Can Save Money In 2017

How A US Address Can Save Canadians Holiday Cash

“Ho! Ho! Ho! This is Santa Claus coming to you from the North Pole. I’m relaxing on the couch with Mrs. Claus checking out the great online holiday deals. Look, dear, there’s that new LED light-up nose I’ve been wanting to get Rudolph. Free two-day shipping. Hmmm. Oh, and Sammy down in Procurement wants a boxed DVD set of the original Star Trek series. Well, Spock does look a little elf-like with those pointy ears, doesn’t he?”

“I just want to give a shout-out to all of our Canadian friends who are willing to pay outrageous fees, taxes, and duties to shop, buy, and ship holiday presents online. I know that because of the lousy Canadian/US exchange rates, you’re paying way more than you should for your holiday shopping. And we appreciate it. Thanks to you, and the millions of other people who shop online, we’ve been able to cut our manufacturing costs. That means we can sock away more money into our retirement fund. Hey, I’m not going to do this forever. Nicholas, Jr. is just finishing up his MBA at McGill University and should be able to take over soon. And we’ve got our eyes on a nice little beachfront condo in Belize.” Continue reading How A US Address Can Save Canadians Holiday Cash

How Canadians Save Money On Auto Parts

If you’ve needed parts for your car, then you already know that the cost of buying auto parts in Canada are significantly higher than if you went across the border and purchased them in the U.S.

There are several reasons for this, not the least of which is the relative value of the Canadian dollar vs. the U.S. dollar. Another factor is the tariff, import duties, and taxes imposed on car parts being imported into Canada.

Calculating The High Cost Of Auto Parts

You’ll find a handy calculator that takes the guesswork out of figuring out these additional charges at www.dutycalculator.com. We plugged in some numbers for a set of tires with a rim diameter of 16 inches and learned that Canadians are charged a Most-Favored Nation (MFN) duty rate of 7% plus an additional charges depending on the particular province. If you lived in the U.S., you’d only be charged 4%. Continue reading How Canadians Save Money On Auto Parts

How To Calculate The True Value Of Canadian Money

Okay, how many of us out there are able to calculate the Canadian/US currency exchange rates in their heads? Go on, raise your hands. We’ll wait. Hmm. Just as we thought. Unless you’re a math wiz or you channel Dustin Hoffman’s savant character in “Rainman,” we’re guessing that not many of you can figure out how to convert Canadian currency to U.S. dollars and vice versa without some help.

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As most of Canadians (painfully) know, the value of the Loonie constantly fluctuates in relationship to the U.S. dollar. As of this writing, 1 Canadian dollar equals 0.77 U.S. In other words, the Canadian dollar is worth about 77 cents compared to the American dollar. And that means if you travel across the border to buy U.S. goods, you’ll pay more for them. Not to mention the conversion fees tacked on by banks and other institutions. Continue reading How To Calculate The True Value Of Canadian Money

How To Save Money On Canadian School Supplies

Schools across Canada will soon be filled with the joyful sounds of children returning to their classrooms. (Well, not exactly joyful.) That means Canadian moms and dads will be loading up their shopping carts with tons of school supplies, from pens, pencils, paper, and protractors (remember those?) to lunch boxes and laptops.

back-to-school-savingsAccording to a 2014 Toronto Star article, a survey by RetailMeNot.ca noted that nearly 8 out of 10 Canadians say that back-to-school shopping is getting costlier. Additionally, 7 out of 10 Canadian shoppers polled say that staying on budget is a priority. The survey also noted that 68% of Canadian moms said discounted school-related items are very important. Continue reading How To Save Money On Canadian School Supplies

Important Canadian Cross-Border Secrets You Should Know

It’s no secret that there is a vast gulf between what Canadians pay for goods compared to their neighbors in the Lower 48. This fact is especially apparent when you compare the buying power of Canadians who travel across the border to purchase U.S. goods versus what U.S. residents pay for goods when they visit Canada.

According to a recent blog post by our friend and cross-border shopping guru Keith Pitts, author of the informative book “The Canadian Cross-Border Shopping Guide,” the low Loonie is fueling a resurgence of American travel to Canada to take advantage of the favorable exchange rates.

However, even with the low Loonie, Americans will still pay more for certain goods and services, says Pitts. He notes that as of this writing gas is still $0.30 more per liter, a 24-can case of beer is $18 more, and a three-star hotel room is a minimum of $40 more.  So even with the low Loonie, the question is just how much Americans will be spending while they’re visiting Canada. The jury is still out on that one.

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Canadian Cross-Border Costs Revealed

But that’s not the whole story, according to Pitts. Some of the interesting information he uncovered is that U.S. citizens are returning any time less than 48 hours can get up to $200 worth of goods duty-free. They are charged a flat rate of 3% for the next $1,000 worth of goods. Also, Pitts reports that any products made in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico are not taxed at all. If these limits are exceeded, Pitts explains, additional U.S. duty and taxes may apply.

Canadians Are Taxed More

So let’s see what the flip side is for Canadians. According to Pitts, Canadians returning from the U.S. for 24 hours or less are entitled to zero duty-free exemptions. A big goose egg. Nada. Zilch. However, stay in the States for longer than 24 hours and Canadians get up to $200 duty-free. Stay more than 48 hours, says Pitts, and this number jumps to $800. Okay, now we’re getting somewhere.

Canadians can purchase 1.14 liters of liquor, 1 case of beer, 1.5 liters of wine, a carton of cigarettes, and 50 cigars. So far so good, right?

Well, hold on. Just when you think everything is rosy, here’s what happens if you go over these limits. You may be charged the following Canadian duty and taxes (all costs in Canadian funds), notes Pitts:

Approx. $1.00 per OUNCE ($31.00 per bottle more, yikes!)

Approx. $9.00 per case of beer ($7.70 per case more)

Approx. $25.00 per carton of cigarettes ($21.10 per carton more!)

This is a real incentive to quit smoking and drinking if you ask us!

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The Secret To Big Cross-Border Savings

Hard to believe, but there’s a silver lining in all this. You see, you don’t have to spend more money for U.S. goods at all. “Tell me more,” you may be saying. Okay, we will.

Why not buy U.S. goods online from the comfort of your own home? In the past, this would be difficult since many online retailers don’t ship internationally. Or, you will incur various shipping fees and other costs that drive the amount spent for these purchases even more.

A Free U.S. Address Is The Answer

But, when you get a free U.S. shipping address from Need A U.S. Address, it opens up a world of shopping opportunities. We work with various shipping partners right across the U.S./Canadian border, allowing you to purchase items from some of your favorite online retailers like Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Home Depot, eBay, Zappos, Amazon, and many others and have them shipped directly to one of these secure cross-border locations. This is a real, physical address, not a P.O. Box.

When your package arrives, you simply drive across the border and pick it up. That’s it. You pay less for the same U.S. goods than you would in Canada and avoid many of the costs such as shipping and brokerage fees associated with shipping goods to Canada. Can’t pick it up yourself? No problem. You can designate someone to pick up your items for you.

Secure & Convenient Cross-Border Locations

Our partner shipping locations across the border offer a secure and convenient way to purchase and ship a variety of articles. Traveling to the States for business or pleasure? You can even save money by shipping your luggage or other items to one of our locations and picking it up on the way home.

We also offer parcel forwarding services for a nominal fee (fees vary by location). And if you’ve ever been wary of having your parcels delivered to your doorstep when you may not be home, Need A U.S. Address solves the problem by ensuring that your packages are waiting for you safe and secure.

Free To Sign Up. Free To Use.

Now here’s the best part, signing up for your own U.S. address is simple and absolutely free. Just fill out an easy online form. All we ask for is your email address. That’s it. We never ask for any personal information, such as credit card numbers. Once you sign up, we’ll email you a confirmation with your own unique and secure customer ID number that gives you access to our U.S. mailing addresses.

So what are you waiting for? The secret’s out. Start saving now by signing up for a free U.S. address from Need A U.S. Address today!

Want to learn more? Check out our informative FAQ page.

 

How Canadians Can Save Unbelievable Money This Summer

“Summertime and the livin’ are easy” is a famous lyric from Gershwin’s classic musical “Porgy & Bess.” But if you are a. Canadian who’s reveling in the warmer summer weather, then your summertime living is going to be more costly than your neighbors to the south. The reason? Many of the hot summer items Canadians crave this time of year simply cost more in Canada than in the U.S. A lot more.

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Barbecues, lawn mowers, and pool supplies are just 3 of the many items Canadians will be wanting to buy during the summer. Let’s look at how much these things cost in Canada versus the U.S. Continue reading How Canadians Can Save Unbelievable Money This Summer