Having recently planned a trip to Florida for the Easter holidays with the kids, I was looking forward to seeing what bargains I could hunt while I was out there.
After all, I?d have the pick of some of the best shopping malls around. But what went from something that I was looking forward to, turned out to be something quite disappointing.
Coupled with the fact that you need a car to get around the Orlando area (we didn?t have one) and the public transport only took you so far to the shopping malls, plus the rapidly decreasing value of the Great British Pound, a shopping trip in Orlando was going to be a lot tougher than what I had imagined.
So what?s a girl to do when faced with such a dilemma? Opt for the contingency plan of course! Mine happened to be a trip to Walmart and the Dollar Tree. They were easy to get to and given that Walmart is a big hypermarket, you?d think they?d have some good bargains too.
And I have to say, it didn?t disappoint. So when we got home, my daughter and I vlogged about our mini shopping haul where we managed to pick up a few bits including scented accessories, lip balms, clothing and precious stones!
Someone else who also made the most of their holiday in the USA was Carol from Family Makes when she went on a ski trip to New England with her family.
I particularly like Carol?s video as she vlogged about shopping at Chutters (in Littleton, New Hampshire), which houses the world?s longest candy counter!
Just watching the video and all those delicious-looking sweets makes me salivate!
I don?t know about you, but I wasn?t even aware that Primark stores were abroad! Me, ignorant? Never!
But after watching Sian from Helpful Mum?s vlog on her mini Primark Haul From Amsterdam, I was pretty impressed by some of the cute clothes she?d managed to bag!
They included a couple of tops (one being a bird themed one for eight euros), plus some really cool trainers ? reminiscent of Converse ? that cost just 14 euros and were in a lovely copper colour.
Meanwhile, Zarina from Page To Stage Reviews headed over to Canada for her shopping haul finds (and to take advantage of the lower tax rate!)
They included, amongst other things, some nice little clothing, homeware, food and beauty product finds.
I particularly like the slogan socks she picked up, ?Keep Calm and Just Eh??.
Being a huge interiors fan myself, Zarina?s ?Autumn Wreath? Yankee Candle purchase for $12.95 was pretty impressive. And where did she find it? None other than Homesense! (Sister company of TKMaxx) Again, another shop that I didn?t realise could be found abroad.
Chantell from Two Hearts One Roof also ventured over the pond and while there did a spot of shopping in San Francisco and Sacramento ? as you do.
Her haul features some really interesting buys including some super cute baby clothing, toys, Christmas decorations and craft/scrapbooking items!
Like myself, Chantell also managed to find the Dollar Tree store where she stocked up on chocolates and sweets. Well, why not?!
One great find of hers was the sticker books featuring letters, shapes and slogan stickers, which we just don?t seem to be able to buy back home. Which is a shame of course as I quite fancy one of those books myself!
Back on Home Turf
Talking of ?back home?, Janine from Fill My Passport wrote a post on how we can all enjoy a spot of city shopping whatever the budget.
In her post ?150 Uncommon Things To Do In London On Any Budget?, she showcases some great (and unique) items, some of which she bought herself.
Her favourite buys include some rather nice handbags ? including a fave of mine ? Cath Kidston (ranging from £25-£50), and the rather pricey Lulu Guinness Handbag, with prices starting at £250 ? and notice I wrote ?starting from?.
One thing that did make me smile was her purchase from Hamleys ? a puppet which she affectionately named ?Shenanigans?.
Given that I?m always playing pranks on my family, I?ve often hear my name and the word ?Shenanigans? used in the same sentence. In fact, if I?ve got a spare £25, I might just have to buy my own ?Shenanigan!?
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About Lauretta Wright
Lauretta?s love of creative writing began when she was just 7 years old when she would write weekly family newsletters ? a tradition now taken over by her daughter. Nowadays she?s the editor of a weekly travel magazine, mum of tweens and the wife of an overworked teacher, who she refers to as ?VIP?. In her spare time Lauretta enjoys blogging and vlogging at Home and Horizon, which offers tips, tricks and trends on affordable travel and home interiors. Apart from family days out, Lauretta enjoys hunting for bargains ? from boot sales to boutique hotels and can be found tweeting at @LaurettaCWright and is on Instagram @HomeandHorizon