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Old 11-18-2017, 09:05 PM   #1
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Buying cheap goods by state

Here in Washington, alcohol costs double vs Wisconsin. Got me thinking - what are your tips for what to stock up on by state?

In WA, I recommend stocking up on Apples.
In WI, I recommend stocking up on beef & cheese

Even gas is significantly cheaper in certain states.

I'm sure there are even better examples. Let me hear them!

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Old 11-18-2017, 09:13 PM   #2
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Old 11-18-2017, 09:15 PM   #3
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Alabama has better gas prices that Fl. about .20-.30 cents a gallon plus the Good Sam discount at Flying J,(elite) and .07 off at the pump. also I dip tobacco and I get 5 cans of my dip for $9.00 and change
where as in Fl it is about $7.00- $8.00 a can. We are fortunate in that we live 1/2 mile from the Al. line and it is only about 12 miles from Dothan , Al. However Al. does charge tax on everything including food and also medications. But the gas saving alone is worth the trip.
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Old 11-18-2017, 09:33 PM   #4
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Lowest Gas prices by state---Forbes Magazine

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Old 11-18-2017, 10:12 PM   #5
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Hmmm. If you stock up on Washington apples and go north Canada will take them at the border, ask me how I know.

If you head south California will take them at the border, ask me how I know.

When we go to Pennsylvania we stock up on Applebutter and hard prezels.

Believe me I'd LOVE to stock up on gasoline as we are over $3 a gallon now. However my tank is only 75 gallons.
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:14 PM   #6
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We live in Washington, so I get to enjoy the apples!

Iím confused how California took your apples. There isnít a border checkpoint between states right?
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:37 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by ytechie View Post
We live in Washington, so I get to enjoy the apples!

Iím confused how California took your apples. There isnít a border checkpoint between states right?
Yup, California has a produce checkpoint on I-5,I-80,I-40,I-15,I-10,I-8,97,101,395 and other major entry points into the state.
Several other states have the same deal going on to "protect" their produce farmers crops from unwanted import of bugs & diseases.
FL,AZ also come to mind
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Old 11-19-2017, 06:22 AM   #8
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First look at the sales tax rate in each state. Sales Tax Rates By State 2017 - Tax-Rates.org

There are five states with no sales tax. Then you look at what is taxable if you can't visit those with no tax, for example unprepared food and clothing isn't taxed in PA.
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Old 11-19-2017, 07:14 AM   #9
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We have found that groceries in general have been more expensive every where when compared to NH. Also , no sales tax in NH..

When we see a good price we automatically stock up.

My current pet peeve is that ice cream in NH was less than 2.50 readily available, many brands. On the road typically 4+ for the same.
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Never saw a produce inspection station in AZ, but for sure entering CA.

Some parts of AZ have a 1O+% sales tax rate, be careful where you buy.

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Old 11-19-2017, 11:29 AM   #11
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We were in Florida, just leaving the Spirit of the Suwanee River Music Park, heading south on Hwy 129, a few hundred yards south of 95th Drive, less than 1/2 mile from the park and got waved into an "agricultural/produce" checkpoint. I stopped. Man came up to me, and said "We need to search your coach for produce. You are required by law to allow us to search and you must leave the coach while we conduct the search."

I said "No, for that you will need a warrant."

If they had asked me if I was carrying produce, I would have told them we weren't.

If they have even asked me politely to be allowed to glance in our fridge, that would have been okay as well. But to tell me that I had to leave my coach and allow them to conduct an unfettered and unsupervised search of my coach on the pretext of looking for "fruit or produce", I had to refuse.

They started to get snotty, told me that they could do a "forced search". I said "I can't physically stop you, but my wife is calling 911 and I will lock the door and you will have to break it down.

Then they said "You can go." and we drove off.

What the heck was THAT about?
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They only take your apples if you are crazy enough to tell them you have them.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Moonshine's pretty cheap here in MS! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Sounds like the person who approached your motorhome was misinformed about his duties/powers. The following is from
Agricultural Inspection Stations / Business Services / Home - Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

The stations are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are staffed by law enforcement officers whose main duty is to prevent plant and animal pests and diseases and unsafe food from entering Florida.

Who Does NOT Have to Stop?
The following vehicles can bypass inspection:
* Private passenger automobiles with no trailer in tow,
* Travel trailers,
* Camping vehicles,
* Van conversions,
* Motor homes AND
* Pickup trucks that have visible access to the entire cargo area and are not carrying agricultural, horticultural or livestock products

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