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Apr. 22nd, 2006 10:45 pm
Where's the cheapest place to get foreign currency these days? ;)

From: cookwitch
Date: April 22nd, 2006 - 10:00 pm (Link)
The Post Office, I think. :)
From: hairyears
Date: April 22nd, 2006 - 10:01 pm (Link)
Try Amex
From: scixual
Date: April 22nd, 2006 - 10:08 pm (Link)
From: webcowgirl
Date: April 22nd, 2006 - 10:28 pm (Link)
I tend to say use your cash card here - make one or two withdrawls and just take the small hit (I'm guessing) on out-of-country banks. The AmEx office at Heathrow also tends to have good rates.

My experience with changing money in Seattle has been that it is very expensive, much more so than doing it overseas.
From: envoy
Date: April 22nd, 2006 - 11:16 pm (Link)
I'm seconding the just-take-your-atm-card recommendation. You'll defiantely get a better rate. Just draw out a big chunk at first to offset the foreign charge (you might want to look it up before you go but it's almost certainly going to be less than you'd pay at either a commission place or the difference in rates at the non-comission place.)
From: reddragdiva
Date: April 23rd, 2006 - 01:33 pm (Link)
Thirded. You're in a nominally first-world country and you have money.
From: wechsler
Date: April 23rd, 2006 - 01:49 pm (Link)
I may be underestimating ATM density in the US, but it strikes me that I might need a few bucks before I find one...
From: thecesspit
Date: April 23rd, 2006 - 07:34 am (Link)
For large amounts, a casino.

But helps if your a player too.
From: wechsler
Date: April 23rd, 2006 - 08:45 am (Link)
Not in any sense that tends to get me cash...
From: thekumquat
Date: April 23rd, 2006 - 03:06 pm (Link)
Either take cash to the Post Office, or the bureau de change opposite Pizza Hut on Victoria St. Or for US dollars, any of the others between Victoria Stn and Victoria St.

Failing that, do it in one go anywhere that isn't an airport...
I've got about $170 hanging around, if you want some small bills?
From: kaet
Date: April 24th, 2006 - 09:48 am (Link)
I usually go to Marks and SPencers. But that's usually because it's the last place open, is open on Sundays, and so on, and I'm disorganised.
From: drdoug
Date: April 24th, 2006 - 01:43 pm (Link)
If you have a current account with Nationwide, they give you free ATM withdrawals worldwide. You can get cash out of an ATM machine in foreign currency with no charge and no interest rate uplift - they use the baseline VISA base exchange rate, which is as good a deal as it is possible to get without them giving you money. The first-world airports I've been to all have ATMs.