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Washington DC - Shopping

The sales tax payable in DC is 5.75%. The Restaurant tax in DC is 10% and the hotel tax is 14.5%.

For groceries, there is an extensive range of supermarkets in DC to choose from, and the quality, selection and price differ from supermarket chain to store location. Even though there is a variety of supermarkets and markets to choose from, many expatriates still find that they are unable to find one supermarket that best needs all their household and grocery needs. As a result, many DC residents shops at different supermarkets or markets for different needs.

Food Lion, Giant Food, Safeway are expansive, all under one roof shopping experiences – you can get practically anything you need. Costco, Sam's Club and Shoppers Food are more operated more as wholesale-type of shopping options for daily necessities. Whole Paycheck has a good selection for seafood. Whole Foods Market is the leading retailer for organic fresh produce in DC, Maryland and Virginia. They also have gourmet food courts that are gaining popularity among DC residents. Other organic retailers include Roots Market and Bloom. Watch out for the Farmers' Markets that offer a great selection of fresh produce – from fresh flowers to fresh fish, cheeses, fruit, vegetables, jams and preserves and other local culinary delights.

There are also many independent Asian grocery stores in Maryland or Virginia to stock up on exotic spices and hard-to-find ingredients. For expatriates in search for some comfort international foods or gourmet foods, there are plenty of choices as well: Rodman's Gourmet Discount Trader's Joe, Balduccis Food Lovers Market, Dean and Deluca, Harris Teeter and Wegman's. The Wegman in Hunt Valley, Maryland have wine-tasting events.

For expatriates who do not intend to have their furniture shipped from their home countries, furniture for the DC home can be rented or bought. There are several reputable furniture rental companies in DC. If you intend to purchase, you can try Craigslist for excellent bargains as there are often many expatriates moving in and out of the city all the time. Think IKEA furniture at below IKEA prices.

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