What are the items that I should bring with me because they’re not available (or are too expensive) where I am going?

Other than special homeland delicacies, most specific items can be found and purchased in local stores and ethnic communities in the Bay Area.
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Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit?

No, the area has many stores that cater to all sizes and shapes. In addition to these stores, there are tailors available to either custom make or alter your clothing.
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What grocery stores do expats in your city shop at?

Each San Francisco neighborhood has its own local/community grocery store. Besides these smaller stores, many large chains, such as Whole Foods, Safeway and Albertson’s are often close at hand.
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Where can other household items (such as cleaning materials and home furnishings) be found?

All grocery stores stock daily necessities such as cleaning materials. Larger items like home furnishings can be found in specialty or department stores, such as Macy’s or IKEA. Additionally, San Francisco’s suburbs have many stores where you would be able to find everything from home furnishing to cleaning materials and food. These include: K-Mart, Target and Wal-Mart.
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What are factors that might affect my shopping habits in this country/city?

One secret expats discover after a while is, "a sale is not a sale." This is referring to the many "sale" signs in store windows. In many instances, these signs are so placed only to lure customers into the store.
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