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Old 08-21-2014, 10:40 AM   #31
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Massachusetts has blue laws. Stores being open on Sundays is a change that has happened in my lifetime. There is still a 3 month waiting period for a divorce to be final because of the Catholic church.
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:47 AM   #32
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In North Dakota, you can only buy liquor at a liquor store. In Iowa, you can buy it almost anywhere, gas stations, drug stores, grocers. In Ontario, at least where we'd go, you buy liquor at the LCB store, and beer at a separate beer store. Same thing in Pennsylvania, at least where we've been.
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Old 08-21-2014, 12:15 PM   #33
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In California you can buy wine, beer and liquor in many grocery stores, in addition to liquor stores. Some restaurants are licensed to sell only beer and wine, while others have a full license for all liquor. Liquor licenses in California are very expensive with the cost sometimes up to $400,000.
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:27 PM   #34
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...In Ontario, at least where we'd go, you buy liquor at the LCB store, and beer at a separate beer store. Same thing in Pennsylvania, at least where we've been.
When we owned the folks' home in Ohio, and I would drive there from Massachusetts, I drove through Pennsylvania. This was back in the time before they sold Yuengling beer in MA. I thought (incorrectly) that Himself liked Yuengling, so while driving through Bloomsburg (a college town) I figured I'd get a 6-pack. Stopped at the police department because they would know everywhere beer was sold! Seems like at that time (about 2004-ish) if you wanted a six-pack, the only place you could buy that was at a bar! If I shopped at a beverage depot, I couldn't buy anything less than 24 bottles. Not wanting to walk into the nearest tavern, we had a full 24-count case in the house. All this time I figured the reason Himself's relatives all had 24-count cases of beer, etc meant they were alcoholics.
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Old 08-22-2014, 12:47 AM   #35
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people often seem overwhelmed when they see how pricey my food is.
1.)i often buy high-end items, although at other times i buy cheaper food. they balance in cost.
2.)amount of sales per item contribute.
3.)we have a higher tax % than other areas.
4.)we have higher-end grocers in many places
5.)& groceries sell alcohol. not until recently, though quite a few PA grocers have caught on & begun to sell alcohol
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:53 AM   #36
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people often seem overwhelmed when they see how pricey my food is.
1.)i often buy high-end items, although at other times i buy cheaper food. they balance in cost.
2.)amount of sales per item contribute.
3.)we have a higher tax % than other areas.
4.)we have higher-end grocers in many places
5.)& groceries sell alcohol. not until recently, though quite a few PA grocers have caught on & begun to sell alcohol
Aren't most grocery items tax free where you live?
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:24 AM   #37
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if they're considered necessities, they're tax-exempt.
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:05 AM   #38
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if they're considered necessities, they're tax-exempt.
You sure you don't mean staples? Rib-eyes are not a necessity, but I don't get charged tax on them.
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:16 AM   #39
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When we owned the folks' home in Ohio, and I would drive there from Massachusetts, I drove through Pennsylvania. This was back in the time before they sold Yuengling beer in MA. I thought (incorrectly) that Himself liked Yuengling, so while driving through Bloomsburg (a college town) I figured I'd get a 6-pack. Stopped at the police department because they would know everywhere beer was sold! Seems like at that time (about 2004-ish) if you wanted a six-pack, the only place you could buy that was at a bar! If I shopped at a beverage depot, I couldn't buy anything less than 24 bottles. Not wanting to walk into the nearest tavern, we had a full 24-count case in the house. All this time I figured the reason Himself's relatives all had 24-count cases of beer, etc meant they were alcoholics.
It's still that way. DH and I sometimes stop overnight in Breezewood, PA, when we drive to Michigan. We've learned to bring our own wine and beer so we can have a drink in the room.
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:59 AM   #40
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There are some states and cities that tax everything. Even food, clothing, and anything that comes to mind. I think here in Taxachusetts (as we lovingly call it) we are better off them most states. Of course it does gall us that our neighbor NH has no sales or income tax. But all of the income for that state comes from real estate taxes. I can only imagine what the taxes are for the owner of rental property. When my nephew told me what he pays each year on his little piece of land and small house, I was floored. I will gladly pay a sales tax any day.
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