For the past few days I've been trying to get into a rhythm with our new home and life. So far - so good. Our stuff arrives in exactly 15 days - enough time for me to pore over the list of things coming to decide what they are taking away immediately - we don't even want a few large items unloaded off the truck!
However, even though there are loads of things en route, I'm having to buy a lot of new things! The most frustrating thing is paying for everything. We don't qualify for a UK credit card yet so I'm having to use my US ones. The problem with them is they charge a fee for international use! In another five months I will be able to open my own bank account, be added to my husbands checking account, and apply for my very own United Kingdom credit card ! I can hardly wait - the exchange rate I'm paying for buying things is killing me, I'm sure of it. This may seem petty, but I just want to be a UK citizen with all the rights and privileges (minus voting). However, until this sorts itself out I may have to take up juggling in the tube stations - if you see me please toss me a pound or two!
Meanwhile, I need advice - what is the best laundry detergent in the UK? I've noticed that our clothes are looking aged and I can't have that! Also, any suggestions on the best dish soap, cleaning supplies, etc? I'm finding myself reading labels and scratching my head.
This weekend we are heading out to Essex for lunch with George's Mum and family - we can't wait. I've been to the UK dozens and dozens of times but never outside of London - ever! We're driving out and are planning to stop and do a big shop at Sainsburys,Tesco, Homebase, etc - what's the best place to buy house stuff - like soaps, etc. I need all the help I can get (so I can use my US credit card and grumble about it here!)
Any and all advice is welcome on shopping and procuring a UK credit card or bank account!