Yes, I love ABM's and debit cards.
Dan Bale wrote:
It's been awhile, but, don't the credit card companies all do a good job of converting the currency automatically and fairly? Unless you're a speculator (buy low, sell high) in currencies, just take a minimum of cash to be converted and use the credit cards.
Also, I have no idea, but, do the bank ATM "systems" cross the border at all? My ATM card has a few symbols on it that tell me which ATMs I can use and some banks don't charge fees if you use the ATMs that they "belong" to. This is probably a YMMVW (W=Widely or Wildly).
One thing you don't want to do is to hold on to foreign currency for too long. We took a trip to New York from Michigan a few years back and cut through Canada. So I scrounged up some old loonies probably from 10 or 15 years prior that had been sitting in my drawer. Stopped at a McDonalds for lunch, and a "kid" behind the counter took one look at the money I handed him and called over the manager! The kid had never seen it before. The manager laughed. Can't remember if it was the old C$2 bill or what, but I felt old in an instant.
-----Original Message----- From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx / Don Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2004 10:39 PM
Folks, you may want to visit a local bank that deals with foreign
currencies or just hit a bank once you hit Toronto...problem is, most of
you will be arriving on Saturday or Sunday and the banks will be closed,
so check with currency exchanges in the airport, provided the handling
fee's aren't too high...
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