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Getting the most for your money

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Getting the most for your money

This isn't specific to Rhodes as it will be true anywhere in the Eurozone, but as we've just returned from Rhodes this seemed as good a place as any to post.

In Lindos the exchange rate on offer was 1.21 euro to the £. I've just checked the statement for my Nationwide Flexaccount and I was getting close to 1.26. That's about 4% more for your money. If you don't already have a Flexaccount then think about it seriously before your next trip.

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1. Re: Getting the most for your money


Thankyou for that. Myself, ConnySir, GB, Joe & several others have continually been saying it's the best & most cost effective way to get your euros.

Keep speading the word, although there are a few diehards that insist on cash, or worse still Travellers Cheques!

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Yes Keitht...I also checked also the same....Did not see you at the airport on Wednesday by the way...But did speak to a small looking chap with a Beard along with his wife with a Gloucester accent(Was not you by any chance).....Comeing back at Rhodes airport...

I think i was the unlucky one having gone back to the A.T.M machine twice...In Lindos to find no money available in the Machine(Empty of money)(got some in the end)Should have gone be for the coach loads came(lol)....

(Not check this one out yet)If any one has a Derbyshire Building account...You should be able to get the same as the Nationwide soon as both have now merged together with one another....Was hoping to get a a bit of a wind full as i also have an account with the darbyshire...But Alas NO....Easy way out not having to pay out to every one....By merging..

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3. Re: Getting the most for your money

We also used Nationwide card at atm in Ixia.

Same as you guys got just on 1.26 local exchange rate was 1.22 euro to the £.

We always take travellers cheques as backup issued commission free from Co-op Bank and i always check before we go where its free to cash them just in case normally Alpha Bank in Greece.

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4. Re: Getting the most for your money

Many things are different from country to country, or from bank to bank.

Up to now, I've never found a bank that would give me a fair exchange for my euros. In fact, Greek banks tend to rip us off when we use cash cards abroad, credit cards are even worst!

This is why I always carry cash and pray that I won't need to use any cards, apart from giving my CC as a deposit at the hotel's front desk.

BTW, I know TCs still exist, I really wonder who uses them though...

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5. Re: Getting the most for your money

Like mrsjock, I always take some Sterling t/cs with me as an emergency backup. It's nice to have something available in case the ATM decides to eat the card. I get mine commission free so there is no cost involved in taking them. If I don't use them I either pay them back into my bank or simply hang on to them until the next trip.

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