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  • Gwamma, I'd check with my credit card company for conversion fees. It might be easiest to bring as little cash as possible and do everything on your credit card. Just about every business uses credit and/or debit cards. Honestly, on a daily basis, I hardly ever use cash. And if you're using Mastercard or VISA, they're international companies whose system does the conversion at point of sale and adds their specific conversion fee.
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    Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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    • Gwamma, some banks do an international card which you can load a certain foreign currency on at a set exchange rate at this end, whic you then just use as a debit card when travelling. Gets around the conversion and interest rates in your credit card, and lets you set your budget for your trip.
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      • Originally posted by Badkty22 View Post
        Hundreds are often difficult to cash at stores, restaurants, etc, particularly if you are hitting smaller towns and out of the way places that don't do a lot of tourist business. Even fifties can be difficult to use sometimes. Try to travel with some twenties, that is the unit most often used here.
        This ^. I was surprised a number of years ago when I returned to the US on a vacation from my apartment in Germany, back when I lived there - I exchanged some then-Deutsch marks for greenbacks at a big-name bank in Germany just so I would have a couple of hundred for a few days upon landing, and immediately discovered that -nobody- would take my hundreds over here. My friends had to explain to me that that was standard procedure now in the US, what with counterfeiters and the drug trade.

        Fast forward to today in my Podunk town, and many local stores are now using those yellow "is this bill counterfeit?" marker pens to swipe bills as small as fives! Not eeeeeeveryplace, mind you, but enough that it makes me wonder if the retailers are all going batshit-paranoid all at the same time, or if it is for cause, what the hell this country has come to.

        Gwamma - if you are going to stick to a lot of back roads, I will tell you that not all places where you could spend your money will take credit, either, so you will need a mix of payment options. Around here, for example, are a few cash-only places, especially at farmer's markets and farm stands. But yeah, otherwise credit will get you through most purchases.
        I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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        • thanx guys. I am not so concerned that it is counterfeit, more concerned that buisnesses in America will think its counterfeit. Anyhoo I might change a couple of hundies to smaller ones before I come over.
          Either that or I could buy some BIG purchases !!!!!! now theres a thought. When we went to Canada years ago, I found a mammoth tusk in an antique store - I loved that tusk - but couldn't afford the $3000 Canadian pricetag !!!!!!! and still wouldn't be able to - however what prised piece that would be on the dining room table !!!!!!
          We also sent DD over to America with an AirNZ card. That has been a godsend. I can easily put money on it this end, and as much as she could have easily spent heaps - she has been incredibly frugal. So yay for DD !!!!!
          "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

          ...small steps....

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          • While 20's are the largest commonly used bill, US banks won't charge you anything to "break" your 100's into smaller bills if you already have them.

            How many sleeps are left? Have you chosen your crochet project yet?

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            • Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
              thanx guys. I am not so concerned that it is counterfeit, more concerned that buisnesses in America will think its counterfeit. Anyhoo I might change a couple of hundies to smaller ones before I come over.
              Either that or I could buy some BIG purchases !!!!!! now theres a thought. When we went to Canada years ago, I found a mammoth tusk in an antique store - I loved that tusk - but couldn't afford the $3000 Canadian pricetag !!!!!!! and still wouldn't be able to - however what prised piece that would be on the dining room table !!!!!!
              We also sent DD over to America with an AirNZ card. That has been a godsend. I can easily put money on it this end, and as much as she could have easily spent heaps - she has been incredibly frugal. So yay for DD !!!!!
              What a good girl! Not surprising as her mom is first rate.
              "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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              • J you are just so sweet !!!!!!!
                Patti I have decided to do a wee crochet blanket for my Ma and Pa. I have already done one similar for one of my sisters.
                http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/...blanket002.jpg

                Crochet is so easy to carry around - and I need something to do on the plane etc !!!!!!!
                "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                ...small steps....

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                • That's lovely! The stained glass look is charming. My favorite traveling projects are usually socks or hats, but blanket squares are a wonderful idea.

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                  • Gwamma, that's so beautiful! Of course I love that black is the main color.

                    To post a pic here in the thread from photobucket:

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                    "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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                    • yeehaa - I have finally finished the blanket for DD American mum. I so hope she likes it. In the background you can see my earthquake warning system. It is a huge (7ft) metal chandelier, with little glass lights. When the earthquakes are coming it starts rattling and swinging before anything else in the house !!!!!

                      http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/...pse591f132.jpg

                      http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3e11f746.jpg
                      "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                      ...small steps....

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                      • thanx Joanie - I shall practice........

                        "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                        ...small steps....

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                        • Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
                          J you are just so sweet !!!!!!!
                          Patti I have decided to do a wee crochet blanket for my Ma and Pa. I have already done one similar for one of my sisters.
                          http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/...blanket002.jpg

                          Crochet is so easy to carry around - and I need something to do on the plane etc !!!!!!!
                          Ooooh - this one is purrrrrty!!
                          I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                          • okay gwammas having too much fun now !!!!!!!!
                            bloody wrinkled old coot !!!!!!!!!!!!!
                            "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                            ...small steps....

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                            • I love that pic of you!

                              Gwamma, I went through all the pics that were viewable. The second to last one, or the second one depending on how you look at it - what is that? The building. If that's your home, does your husband have an older brother? LOL
                              "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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                              Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                              • yep thats my wee cave.............. nope his brother is younger - however by the time I get to Indiana - I might post DH down to you. It could be an interesting trip...............
                                "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                                ...small steps....

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