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Supermarkets and grocery stores are usually open from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm; some may even be open 24 hours a day.

Most other stores open around 9:30 am and close around 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, stores hours are usually from 11:00 am or 12:00pm to 6:00pm. 

Shopping malls are open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm every day except Sunday, when they are open from 11:00am to 6:00 pm.

You should ALWAYS check store times online before going to the store. 

Pittsburgh offers a variety of neighborhood shopping districts within a short walk or bus ride from campus where you may purchase clothing, furniture, appliances, household supplies, cosmetics, as well as general and ethnic groceries. Suburban shopping malls offering a larger selection of stores are accessible by bus or car. The State of Pennsylvania charges a 6% sales tax, with 1% additional in Allegheny County, on all purchases except unprepared food, clothing, and medicine. Other states and cities also charge sales tax on purchases, but there is no uniform nationwide sales tax. NOTE: Tax is not listed on the items direct cost; instead it is added upon purchase of the items.  

Buying Used Items

You can save money by buying used items, such as clothing, furniture, and other household goods. Certain stores sell used items and people often have sales in their garage or yard where they sell things they no longer need or want. Goodwill is a store where you can purchase used items at an extremely discounted rate. You can check the want-ads (classified advertisements) in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Tribune Review, the PennySaver (a free newspaper delivered to homes in local neighborhoods each week) or on craigslist. NOTE: Never make any purchases site-unseen.