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10 Ten New York Christmas Shopping Tips

Muriel Bolger offers her top 10 tips on tackling New York for a Christmas shopping spree. Yes – it’s that time when you discover your friends, your book club, your neighbours, your in-laws, and just about everyone you know, are ALL heading off to New York to shop for Christmas. If you’ve been promising yourself this indulgence every year but kept putting it off – then do it now – there’s never been a better time. 1. The dollar exchange is very favourable, and if it stays as it has for a few months, you can expect to shave around 30 per cent off purchases at current rates when compared with your euro. 2. For peace of mind, and to save hassle looking for exchange bureaux and banks with additional charges, Order your foreign exchange in advance on line with No.1 Currency Pre-Order Currency Facilitybased in Dublin, they offer a great service with the best possible rates. 3. Remember there is a purchase tax in New York and this varies in different places within New York state itself. Expect to add anything from 4% to 8.87% on your purchases at the till. Some stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdales offer a discount if you can prove you are a foreigner (passport). 4. The Americans love coupons and cut them out of papers and magazine for added discounts. You can make your dollars go further by checking out some of the bigger stores before you travel and printing out any promotional codes and offers you find there. 5. Tipping is an integral part of any service in the States and considered part of the providers’ income. To save yourself embarrassment,...
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