how to buy euros

Purchase a small amount of Euros to provide for tips, taxis and food until you get to your destination; there, use ATMs to exchange money.
Purchasing Euros before your trip can ease the concerns of having to find an exchange office or ATM upon arrival in Europe, especially for first-time visitors.
Purchase the Euros with cash rather than a credit card, if possible, to avoid additional fees and charges.
Credit card companies typically see a currency purchase as a "cash advance." This can add up to additional fees and interest over what a simple purchase would cost you.
Euros are not an instant exchange; they will be "ordered" for you, and the turnaround can be one to three days, or even up to a week at some banks.

Keep in mind that your bank may charge a fee for taking money out of an international ATM and a currency conversion fee, on top of the fees the foreign bank charges for using a card from a different bank.
Many Americans exclaim gleefully, “Gee, they accept dollars! There’s no need to change money.” But the happy sales clerk doesn’t tell you that your purchase is costing about 20 percent more because of the store’s terrible exchange rate.
Some people who spend their lives sitting in booths for eight hours a day taking money from strangers have no problem stealing from clueless tourists who don’t know the local currency.
On average, at a bank you lose 8 percent when you change dollars to euros or another foreign currency.
Without knowing it, you’re changing money — at a lousy rate — every time you buy something with dollars.
If you have foreign cash left at the end of your trip, change it into dollars at the European airport or simply spend it at the airport before you fly home.
Please be aware that in Britain, you may have difficulty using the card (as well as standard debit and credit cards issued by major U.S. banks) at some pubs, gas stations, and convenience stores that require a card to have a "smart" microchip built into it (instead of a magnetic strip, which is what the Travelex Cash Passport card has) and a personal identification number (or P.I.N.). Executive vice president of Travelex Christopher Russell says, "We have projects under way to include Chip and P.I.N. within the coming 12 to 18 months." Note, major banks also have plans underway to update their credit cards.
When you factor in the $10 fee for the card, buying a Travelex Cash Passport is a competitive option compared with buying euros from a bank or currency dealer.
What is the most cost effective way to buy Euro’s in the US? I live in a major metro area (Washington DC).
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It’s always a bit challenging to figure out exactly how much you will need to have in cash in the form of foreign currency before you leave on an international trip.  Here are just two things to consider when thinking of necessary expenses.
If you will be traveling outside of the U.S soon, you might want to think about exchanging your U.S currency to foreign money prior to your trip.
Use Foreign Money to buy euros online and other international currency.
Buying foreign currency should not be a daunting task, and you can make it easy with Foreign Money.
Once you’re back from your trip, our online money exchange makes it easy to exchange your international money.
Also, as a note for future reference for folks, bank of America has partnerships with several large European banks to not charge you an ATM fee when you get cash.
You will get double or even triple charged at foreign ATMs, but that usually maxes out at $8, when on about $300 of exchange in the U.S. will cost you about $10-$20 in exchange fees/buy rates.
With ATMs though, do know that the less money you withdraw the worse the exchange rate gets.
If you bring cash to teh WellsFargo in teh Wells Fargo building they may be able to do it without you opening an account.
However I learned on my 5 month exchange to Japan that ATMs have the absolute best exchange rate.
Wells Fargo is pretty good with foreign exchange and such.
Your bank will charge you a %, but it still ends up being a better rate.
I called wells fargo and as Sam mentioned, they have them at the wells fargo building and also have them at the branch at westlake.

Many banks have or can get foreign currency for you, before your trip.  Just call first, to make sure.  Also, most international airports have a counter where you can exchange currency, which you an use.  You can also use your ATM cards at many foreign ATMs, to get local currency, once you arrive.  And, the best exchange rate will be when you buy something using your credit card (they charge the lowest fees).  Of course, you should exercise appropriate cautions when using credit card or ATM card overseas.

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However, many American banks charge several dollars for every foreign currency transaction, so if you plan to spend a lot of time in Europe, you may want to apply for a credit card with low or free foreign currency transactions.
Credit union debit cards and some smaller credit card companies charge 1% foreign transaction fees.
Your bank / credit card company will almost certainly charge you 2.5% on top of the exchange rate.
Very rarely, in Europe, you will find yourself dealing with an automatic machine that ONLY accepts credit cards and which keeps asking you for a PIN or refusing to read your American credit card.
My second favorite strategy is to get cash out of foreign ATMs using my own bank’s debit card attached to my checking account.

Investors looking to place a bearish bet on the euro have several options, including buying euro short ETFs and short selling the euro directly in the foreign exchange market.
The foreign exchange (forex) market offers a way for investors to purchase euros with leverage that’s not available in standard foreign bank accounts.
Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded notes (ETNs) represent the easiest way for investors to buy exposure to euros without buying physical euros.


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