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How much money to carry with me?

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How much money to carry with me?

Hi all!

I'll be backpacking the UK (and Ireland) for 3 weeks in August. I'm just wondering how much 'cash' I should carry with me?! I'll be bringing bank cards and credit cards, but don't want shocking statements when I return from my trip, so I'd like to do as much cash as possible. However, I don't want to be carry a load of it.

What's an average amount?

Is it easy to withdraw money from a local bank, while I'm there?

Thanks in advance for your help/comments!

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1. Re: How much money to carry with me?

I completely understand that you want to carefully manage your budget. But I'd suggest you can do that by keeping a little notebook (or something similar) of your spending on cards.

Carrying loads of cash is a mugs game - what happens if you inadvertently leave your purse somewhere...?

Every town (and some villages) will have a bank machine where you an draw out some cash as and when you need it.

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2. Re: How much money to carry with me?

Make sure you let your bank know where you will be travelling to or they may suspect fraud. You can use cards almost everywhere so will not need more than about £50 cash in your purse.

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3. Re: How much money to carry with me?

you dont want shocking bank statements when you return - so you are drawing your money out first and carrying it with you. Think about it. Not a sensible plan!!

Have a little cash for coffees and bits and bobs, but use a credit card whenever possible and draw some cash as you need it from ATMs. UK and Ireland use different currencies so dont be caught out there!!

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4. Re: How much money to carry with me?

Use a debit card at ATMs for cash, credit card for purchases. You will need a 4 digit PIN number for ATMs and preferably a Chip and PIN card. If you don't have Chip and PIN, you should still be able to make purchases using the old swipe machines

Check to see if your bank has a reciprocal arrangement to waive fees like Bank of America do with Barclays

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