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ATM Tip: Maintain a Money Cushion

Dear Savvy Traveler,

Last year on our first trip to France, we took the advice of experienced traveler friends and got francs from ATM Machines * first at the airport, then at locations near where we were staying. We got a great exchange rate and were charged only a $1.00 for using foreign (as in other bank's) ATMs.

There is one little hitch. Our ATM receipts only told us how many francs we had withdrawn -- not the amount of dollars. So, it's a good idea to have a bit of a cushion in your account. That way, you won't unwittingly drain your balance down to zero.

- Alexandra



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