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[at-l] Money (The best things in life are free but........)
- Subject: [at-l] Money (The best things in life are free but........)
- From: greyowl at rcn.com (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Date: Mon Apr 11 10:04:42 2005
There are a number of options for the trail. The first is hard
cash in the pocket. Don't leave home without it. I seldom
carry more than twenty or thirty dollars. I shutlled one hiker
who asked me to break a Hundred (I ask him for $5)!! Way
too much money.
Traveler checks are a no-no unless you can get them for free
(Check out Triple A or your olocal credit union). They can be
replaced if lost, but usually you need some form of ID. Many
places in the south well take a personal check!! This may be
something that needs to be added to the companion.
American express has a preloaded travel card that is not
worth it as it costs you a lot of money to use at an ATM. I
would much rather go with some of the preloaded Credit cards
(Master Card has one that you can Preload).
Credit cards are good. I would never ever sign the back of
one. Mine says see other ID. Horrible for Cash though. That
leaves us with a Debit Card. As good as cash, most stores
will take them without a second thought, easy to get cash
from an ATM or post office.
My recommendation - a roll of quarters for pay phones and
soda machines (and laundry), $40 cash and a debit card.
Now if could convince th Treasury Department to make an
Ultra-light Quarter :-)