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  • talbano
    I got my Euros today for my daughter- Wow great service from WFC and no fee except the 15 bucks for overnight delivery. Pretty cool
    2/14/12
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    • Husky Financial: going to france in may... i think i am going to wait. you are bullish on the euro or you dont have the luxury of waiting?
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    • Hillbilly Stock Star: In time for the May riots?
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    • Husky Financial: i'm hoping for Euro/USD parity by then lol
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    • Hillbilly Stock Star: LoL,.....euro is overvalued.
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    • talbano: My daughter is going, so I wnated her to have some before getting there. If I was going I would just wait
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    • humahuaca: unless she's spending 100,000 euros it really doesn't matter, the difference on a few thousand euros is miniscule
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    • humahuaca: I get a kick out of my parents who agonize over when to buy their USD for their Florida vacation. They talk about it for months, and the
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    • humahuaca: amount they might lose or gain is like $15
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    • talbano: huma she has credit cards - the school recommends the students have at least 50 euros to head over - i got her 300.
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    • humahuaca: Of course my dad will also drive an hour across town to find a gas station that is 1 cent a litre less
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    • talbano: it was easy and this way she has tip money and airport money without having to immediately find an ATM
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    • talbano: HF- make sure your have a credit card that does not charge Foreign Transaction Fees - they are brutal - JPM doesn't - CITI does
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    • talbano: my son ordered a halloween wig from a canadian website and i git charged 20 bucks for forg trans fee on a 50-60 purchase
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    • humahuaca: yeah you always want to have some cash for the aiport, as those exchange places there are usually huge ripoffs, they charge like 10%
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    • humahuaca: and ATMs might have huge fees too, you have to be careful and go to a reputable bank machine, not 'Joe's ATM'. But generally ATms are the
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    • humahuaca: way to go. I have a card that doesn't have withdrawal fees as I travel 6 to 9 months a year.
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    • talbano: x-oil yep it was 400 Hum - yeah that is why I perfer her to use a credit card but have availability to more cash if needed.
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    • talbano: X-oil what little fees? Remember she is 16 I am not going to give her a grand
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    • talbano: If we were going, My husband would make sure he had 2-3k on him but i dont want her to have too much cash
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    • talbano: She will have 300 Euros 200 USD - everything else is paid for, if she can't buy little stuff with that then we have a problem
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    • humahuaca: you definitely don't want her to have that much cash. Tons of purse snatchers and pickpockets in all the top tourist spots, and they know
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    • humahuaca: who to target. Hotel rooms not too secure either. Just use the bank card and credit card and don't worry.
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    • talbano: X-oil I dont get the fees her Credit card doesn't have any so unless the vendor charges them, there shouldn't be any.
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    • talbano: HUm- 200 In case of emergency aka I need money- The hotel has safes - I would perfer to just send her w/ th 300 euros but I know my husband
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    • talbano: I remember being 17 and having the maid steal 400 from my room. Fortunately My daughter is an experienced traveler. she be aggravated
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    • talbano: or help the kids that don't know what to do, depends on her mood.
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    • talbano: her brother collects gold coins, so i am sure she will try to get him a spanish one. he has been doing since he was 5
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    • talbano: The Spanish teacher takes them every year - She is pretty savvy - 300 euros should be fine and she can go to an ATM if she needs more Cash
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    • talbano: My kids are funny, she'll tip the maid. My son went 2 pick up a pizza for his uncle - he tipped the pizza guy. They are generous to a fault
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    • talbano: thanks for everyone's advice:)
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