- Unique American Food: There are tons of different goodies down South that you can't find in Canada. From Vanilla Coke to loaded Doritos to everything in between! Follow this Pinterest board for regularly updated list of: Items you can only buy in the US.
As a Grand Forks regular, here are some of my tried-and-true Insider Tips for cross-border shopping.
Insider Tips1. Get a tax refund! - The North Dakota sales tax is currently 5%. So right off the hop, you're yourself the usual GST/PST. But it gets better! North Dakota refunds state taxes to Canadian visitors meaning you pay 0%. Click here for your refund!
2. Use an American self-serve gas station with a Canadian postal code! - Need gas? When you pay at the pump with a credit card at most U.S. gas stations, you are required to enter the 5-digit zip code associated with the billing address for your credit card in order to complete your transaction.The problem is, your Canadian credit card billing address will have a postal code, but no zip code. If you’re thinking about using the zip code for the address where you are staying in the US, think again… it likely won’t work as credit card companies validate against your billing address.
Fortunately, there’s a great work-around. When asked for your zip code, try this trick instead! Enter the three numbers in your postal code and add two zeros. For example, if your postal code is M9Z 4X3, you would enter 94300 as your zip code. This will work most of the time!
3. Use coupons for extra savings! - Savvy cross-border shoppers know it's worth it to print before you go.
Have fun shopping and before you go, be sure to double check what you can bring back into Canada!