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Yippee, i'm off on my hols next week! I love browsing around Walgreens and Duane Reades, they have such an ahm, eclectic variety of products! Asides from Crest Whitening strips tho, I never buy anything much. What amazing products / bargains am I missing?
MASSIVE pots of paracetamol (aka acetominaphen - sp?) or aspirin are good value and very convenient. Also melatonin some people swear by for jetlag. I am one of them. But it is banned in EU. L'Oreal Paris cheaper there too. ooh, the new Olay thing - US has a stronger formulation, more of the active ingredient. Big bags of Reese's Pieces, very important. Check out the M&M's, there is a new flavour that is very nice, no nice that I have forgotten what it is... Obv AVOID all other 'chocolate' out there, for it is rank.
Massive bottles of ibuprofen and paracetamol (acetominophen). Also allergy pills, Allegra or Allegra-D if you've got hayfever! The store brands (particularly Target) are just as good as the name brands. Kids meds, Dimetapp do their cold meds in a 1-dose strip that melts in the mouth. Arm & Hammer toothpaste, Orbit chewing gum, HALLOWEEN CANDY, baby items, lunch boxes, Carter's (from Target or a Carter's outlet) pajamas (under-5's)... The list is endless. I'm going for xmas and I can't wait!!
You should definitely by large bottles of paracetamol (Acetaminophen in US) and Nurofen (Ibuprofen in US) - the bottles are usually good for a couple of years and are a lot cheaper than here. Also, if you have any kids who hate taking medicine , the kids brands of ibuprofen/nurofen and acetaminophen/paracetamol come in many more appealing flavors in the states. You can also get huge bottles of Tigi and other shampoos a lot cheaper. Would also agree with the recommendation about melatonin - is great as a sleep aid and you can't get it here.
Other practical things:
Fabric softener sheets (Bounce etc) - in large boxes and cheaper Lint rolls - large rolls of sticky tape for removing hair and lint from clothes - larger and cheaper Plasters/BandAIds - larger boxes and cheaper and more kids varieties
Marshalls & TJ Maxx - great bargains on loads of clothes, bags, shoes, housewares
You can also get really good quality bed linens a lot cheaper
Levis/NYDJ and others are cheaper and more variety
my absolute fave product i import whenever i go or have vistors is Neutrogena ultra-sheer dry touch sunblock. Obviously not needed in the UK at the moment but it's the best in summer under makeup - truly is light and immediately absorbed and seems like no sun gets through at all.
i am also crazy about all the energy and protein bars. oh and someone mentioned M&Ms - there are tons of funky flavours now like pretzel, dark chocolate and coconut (not altogether). YUM!
Target also do Boots stuff - look out esp for things like No 7 Protect and Perfect. And they do a great Apricot scrub rip-off which is supposed to be facial, but I love as a (very thorough) body scrub. I also like the copy-cat Aveeno stuff, especially the baby bath.