Exchanging Money At A Bank Vs. Currency Exchange

Is It Better To Exchange Money At A Bank Or A Currency Exchange?

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Whether you’re exchanging currency at the bank or with currency exchange, you can, luckily, expect to find good deals! But how do you tell which option is the best one? While both options can be quite good, currency exchange seems to be the better option due to how flexible, convenient, and cheap it is. Let’s have a closer look at exchanging currency online rather than at a bank.

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Choosing to exchange foreign currency with currency exchange online provides you with a delivery option and helps you to check for hidden fees, no matter where you may be buying online. By buying online, you also have much easier and direct access to currency converters. Currency converters are great tools for comparing Australian dollars (or any currency you may need) against other currencies and can help pinpoint any fees that may have stayed hidden earlier.

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Online rates are usually cheaper, too, helping you to avoid carrying a large amount of direct cash on you. Quite a few banks and outlets do not have access to a large amount of currency as well, so going online allows you to order ahead and avoid going to the bank just to be told that they do not have your required currency. If you need to exchange multiple currencies, doing so online can help to make this less of a hassle.

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Choosing to exchange currency at a currency exchange store or bank can still prove to be a viable option at times, so we will help walk you through these ways! While it’s not usually the best way, it may help you save some time if you plan on going shopping for other travel supplies, helping you to pick up all the essentials in one go.

What to know when you exchange currency at the bank

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Banks can be better options for exchanging uncommon or unpopular currencies as they hold competitive exchange rates for these currencies. However, before heading over to a bank straightaway, ensure to compare exchange rates against other outlets to ensure that you’re getting the best rate out there, as some outlets may offer even better competitive exchange rates.

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Banks are generally better options for uncommon currencies but can be overly expensive if you need popular currencies. Banks do not have as competitive rates as other outlets for common currencies, like specialist money exchangers. Banks also offer travel cards, which are great options, especially in cases where you have multiple destinations planned. Travel cards work much like a debit card does; however, they allow you to have a multi currency account, loading multiple currencies on the same card. As a bonus, on the day you load the currency, the exchange rate stays the same for future reloads. This means that whenever you need to conduct a bank transfer, the earlier rate will apply, no matter whether the current rate has changed. This can be a good opportunity to lock in a lower rate and also means there is no foreign transaction fee. However, just be careful to play your cards right, and not accidentally lock in a higher rate.

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As we briefly mentioned earlier, you may want to consider specialist money exchange stores. These stores can be a good choice for common currencies, like the Japanese Yen, for example. They don’t have many uncommon currencies on hand, though, so just be sure to keep that in mind when you’re looking to exchange currency. Try to visit these stores in crowded city centres, as they need to set good rates in order to compete with each other. If you call ahead of time, you’ll be able to gain more information on the rates and currencies they have.

You also may consider to buy foreign currency from a friend with leftover foreign currencies from a trip abroad. This can be a good option, as it can help you to save money by negotiating foreign exchange rates with your friend. However, you may accidentally obtain old or counterfeit notes, so be sure to have a backup option where you can exchange foreign money. Be sure to avoid exchanging at foreign banks or a foreign atm, as foreign atm fees can be quite high. This goes for airports, too, avoid airport kiosks at all costs.

How to get the best foreign currency exchange rates on currency exchange

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Using currency exchangers online can help you to get the best exchange rates out there, both by using currency converters and currency guides. Currency guides can give you some handy tips and information to keep in mind while exchanging currency, allowing you to make the most informed decisions and helping you to both buy and sell foreign cash if need be. You should also be keeping the mid-market rate in mind when you’re considering the currency you would like to exchange.

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What is the mid-market rate? The term ‘mid-market rate’ refers to the rate that outlets and banks use to trade currencies globally. This rate is essentially the ‘real’ rate, as it does not feature any foreign currency exchange fees. You can find out the mid-market rate

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through a quick Google search – it’s as easy as that! While checking the mid-market rate, just keep in mind that it’s always changing, so it’s important to stay up to date while exchanging currency. Quite a few separate economic factors affect the mid-market rate, including interest rates, government debts, trade agreements, and so on.

Remember to check for hidden fees when exchanging your currency, we wish you all the best!