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How to get money affordably???

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How to get money affordably???

We are going on a longish trip and some of the accomodations need to be paid in cash. I was planning to use my ATM, but there are considerable fees associated with it. Has anyone had any luck getting a bank account that claims to have NO ATM fees and it really works even in europe? I want to make sure I am going about it the best way.

Any ideas?


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11. Re: How to get money affordably???

If you travel overseas often, it may be worth your while to get an account with no foreign ATM fees. In Italy, there is often a transaction limit of 250 euros at ATMs, about $325. That would be 6 transactions, or $30, which is 1.5% of the total of $2000. In the big scheme of things, it's a trivial amount. To me, it wouldn't be worth opening a new bank account unless I made numerous trips each year.

Actually, it's illegal to make cash payments of €1000 or over in Italy, to avoid tax evasion and money laundering. I imagine your apartment is being rented "off the books".

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12. Re: How to get money affordably???

we got a Charles Schwab debit card as they will reimburse you for any fees. I understand from others that it works well. They have a 500.00 per day limit, but with no fees, you can go every day and take out $.That is what I am planning to do to pay hotels in cash

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