Help us use our transatlantic move to save money on stuff!
July 28, 2011 11:20 PM Subscribe
We're moving back to the UK (London) from the US (SoCal) in a few months. What would you stock up on if you were us? Much more detail about our tastes and situation inside...
posted by crabintheocean to Travel & Transportation (31 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My wife and I and our (fingers crossed!) by then six month old will be moving to the UK from the US early next year. I grew up there, this will be a first for her and (obviously) the baby.
We're talking a hard look at all our possessions and ditching anything we can, but we'll probably end up taking an edited selection of furniture, books, clothes, and other personal crap, and we'll have room to throw in some extras if they're non perishable and not huge.
A previous comment or link from this site about a woman who moved to Israel and stuffed every last corner of her container with disposable diapers and baby wipes because they're apparently so expensive there got me thinking - what should we be stocking up on, and conversely, what should we postpone buying until we're there, because we'll save money that way?
Things I'm especially interested in your ideas on:
- Semi-legal stuff - Not guns or California pot, but it's my understanding that drug-store teeth whitening strips aren't approved in the UK and can only be bought through a dentist, so I'll be bringing some! Likewise the B vitamins I take regularly. What else is like this?
- US made and unavailable/expensive to get? I'm slowly replacing our aging cookware with All-Clad when I can get it on sale, because while it's available in the UK and considered about the best there is, ebayers and discounters won't ship there or it's so heavy it costs a fortune, so it's hard to find it without paying full import + luxury markup prices.
- Too cheap to bother paying to ship? I'm seriously worried about our hot sauce options, and I don't want to go to an expensive and obscure store for something that's $3 in Ralph's. I'm not going to pay $12 to ship it either, I'd rather pick up a case before we go.
- Exchange rate makes it worth it/inexplicably more expensive? The exchange rate sucks for us right now, making buying just about anything cheaper here if shipping is out of the equation, although obviously we can't bring 10 years worth of groceries. What else is like the diapers to Israel example for the US to the UK? My mum claims lots of baby stuff is cheaper in the US, but as we don't have a kid yet I'm finding it all hard to figure out.
More random info: We're not rich but we're doing ok enough that we can pick up stuff like the All-Clad, we'll be moving from one urban apartment to another, we like to cook, I like to sew, I love furniture and design, we're a little bit into new tech stuff, neither of us does any kind of sports or likes them... Any ideas folks? I'm especially interested in suggestions from parents, as that's a huge range of stuff we haven't had to consider yet.