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Cash Question #528307
01/15/18 06:34 AM
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I understand that the US dollar is widely accepted. My question is: Do I have to worry about the size of my bills? 100's and 50's are easier to travel with. Are they accepted easily or should I bring more smaller bills like 20's? I have also heard that the actual bills need to be in very good shape. No tears, wear marks, etc. Just checking. Only couple more weeks until we arrive . Thanks

Re: Cash Question [Re: mprevo] #528311
01/15/18 06:57 AM
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bring 5's 10's 20' for most transactions 50's 100's for large transactions or better yet get a credit card with no foreign fees

Re: Cash Question [Re: mprevo] #528312
01/15/18 07:06 AM
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We always bring cash and I try to have crisp bills especially with the larger ones. Live never had anyone turn down the large bills but I save those for large purchases like tours etc. Never tried using a c note for a purchase that would require them to return a lot of change. We are down right now always come in January so I go to our bank at home in December when they have “Christmas money” (nice new crisp bills) and grab those. No one has ever turned me down with worn bills, but I do know it is easier for the merchants to deal with their banks if they are new bills.

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Also ask your tour company etc. We get a significant cash discount with some businesses.

Re: Cash Question [Re: Rob S.] #528314
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No tour company We just do our own thing.

Re: Cash Question [Re: mprevo] #528315
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OK it is good to know that some bigger bills are OK. They are just easier to hide away. I also have a good credit card for foreign use that I travel with. I will plan on having a good amounts of 20's for everyday use and a few bigger bills for emergency. Thanks everyone for the advice.

Re: Cash Question [Re: mprevo] #528316
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i have the Capital One Venture Card What is in your wallet? The metal one

Re: Cash Question [Re: bobcat bill] #528318
01/15/18 09:25 AM
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The larger food markets like Chan's or China Town, are happy to break large bills even for tiny purchases. US cash is of great value here.

Re: Cash Question [Re: mprevo] #528320
01/15/18 09:50 AM
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Yes, you can use US $ of all denominations most anywhere. I've not really paid attention to the condition of my bills, but have never had one turned down, and I've used some fairly worn out bills.

Just be aware that if you go to the bank to exchange your US $ to BZ $, they will charge you a 1.2% exchange fee. This applies to paying utility bills at the bank as well, always take BZ $ because the bank will exchange your US $ to BZ $, with the 1.2% exchange fee, before paying the bill.

Re: Cash Question [Re: Brad in Caye Caulker] #528322
01/15/18 10:02 AM
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Never exchange at the banks. The accepted exchange is 2 to 1 but that's not really true either. Depending on the value of the dollar, your C note can get 205 to 210 BZE. This is why the stores are happy to take your C notes. I like crisp 50's, many places won't take torn, worn or eared cash.


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