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Superstores

I once asked a little boy what he enjoyed most about his holiday at Disney World. Was it seeing Mickey Mouse, riding on The Pirates of the Caribbean or maybe the fireworks at Epcot? No. He said “Walmart”

True story! Which brings me to my point. Walmart is one of the many superstores in the Orlando area. Unless you have been to one or maybe a hypermarket in Calais, you simply can not imagine how big they are. Our local one at Four Corners sells everything from drugs (the legal type like aspirin) to car tyres, from fire arms (real ones) to televisions plus clothes, shoes, haberdashery, baby equipment and food. All under one roof. I nearly forgot, the garden centre as well attached to the store. It is like going to Asda, the high street and a garden centre but all in the one place. Some of them even have a nail bar, hairdressers, opticians and a café in them as well.

The reason for telling you about these stores is that they are so very cheap compared to the UK. You can buy a 51 inch plasma HDTV for just $699. Including tax and at the current exchange rate that is about £465. I saw one of the same make today advertised in the UK at £829. Children’s toys are very much cheaper as are most of the beauty products and kitchen equipment. You can buy small electricals at very cheap prices, for example a set of hair straighteners for $12. 99 which is around £8. 50. In the UK the same thing would be £25. If you do buy electricals though, make sure they are either dual voltage or buy a voltage converter. You will also need a plug converter.

Target is one of the newer stores which is challenging Walmart and is as cheap. They have just about the same type of things but I have not seen the guns or the tyres! A very popular store with the Americans and British alike is Bed, Bath and Beyond. As the name suggests they sell bed linens, curtains, bath towels and kitchen wares. I buy all my towels and curtains there and my sheets and comforters and bring them back to the UK. Apart from being such good value they have so many more unusual designs. I bought a comforter set in heavy brocade for a king size bed complete with seven matching cushion covers, a valance or bed skirt and two sets of matching curtains for $180 which is £112 you would pay that for just the comforter in the UK.

So if you have a spare afternoon, do have a look at your local superstore, you will be able to pick up some really good bargains.

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