exchanging money from canada

May 17th, 2005, 01:37 PM
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exchanging money from canada

should i do it here in canada or wait until we get to the US?
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May 17th, 2005, 01:50 PM
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I would do it in Canada- there are many places in the US where it is difficult to get it changed - unless its a large city with a bank that has an international dept- but even then, sometimes they send it away to another site -
It seems to be easier in the border towns- but once you get a little south its very difficult - I have pots of Canadian change and no place to get it changed into US-
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May 17th, 2005, 03:16 PM
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Change only a tiny bit before you leave - if you really must. Otherwise - just use your credit card for big expenses and pull cash from your ATM for walking around money. this is much cheaper - and also simpler than changing actual cash.
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May 18th, 2005, 09:14 AM
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Listen to nytraveler.

Use your credit card for most purchases and your ATM card to withdraw the cash you need for the rest.

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May 18th, 2005, 09:33 AM
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The ATM is the way to go these days. Call your bank to see if they have any agreements with American banks for ATM use without fees.
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May 18th, 2005, 10:53 AM
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If you have 2 bank accounts associated with your debit card, you usually can only access the 1st account. This is what I have found travelling from Canada to the U.S. Check with your bank first.
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