Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Financial details

Thank heavens Mike has a mind foe financial details. When we have vacattioned abroad we used either traveler's checks (how is that for dating myself) , ATMs, or credit cards.  When we lived overseas before we had the military's system of banks to use.

This time we have to figure these things out.  If we don't, the credit card and ATM fees will need to be a line item in our budget!  We have (read Mike) found a credit card that will not charge us a foreign transaction fee.  That means a fortune saved and we won't have to find a place to hide all the cash we need on the boat.  We also get the first year without a membership fee AND we earn free nights at the affiliated hotel that just happens to be DD2's employer.

Now Mike is looking for a bank that will not charge us a foreign currency fee and he thinks he might have found one. Think good thoughts. Saving this money could mean a few more pints at the pub.

My financial contribution is learning to multiply the number of pounds sterling by 1.5 so that I can figure out the cost in dollars.  On vacations I have had a tendency to treat it as if I was paying with Monopoly money. Go figure. Mike would prefer I not do that the entire timewe are over there. Something about needing to make the money last?

I also have to start converting from kilograms to pounds aand grams to ounces. This will be quite a challenge for a mathmaticalli challenged individual such as me. And as for ever knowing what the temperature is,forget about it. Never going to happen!


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