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Travel Cards – Don’t get Stung – Don’t Use Them in my Opinion


I know from experience with these cards and so does my Grandson,  who is in Holland at the moment.

Inactivity fees are number one. If you don’t use your card for some time they charge you inactivity fees. I mean how stupid is that.

Not just one charge  by the look of this statement the charge was every day. Robbery thats what I say.

This person took their eye off the ball as she said. “Time went by, the cards stayed in a bottom drawer and in the end I lost more than €36.00 from one and US$24 from the other in inactivity fees”

“That was back in 2013 when I was using Travelex Cash Passports and the monthly fees were €2 and US$2 after a year of inactivity. Today Travelex has Travel Cards instead, and their inactivity fee is $4 a month after 12 months of no usage. They also have a 2.95 per cent domestic withdrawal fee if you try to get your money out in Australia and a $10 fee to move any money you have left to your own bank account when you close your account”.

In my experience just using your own credit card is the most efficient and quickest card to use. 

“You do need to pay attention to what you’re agreeing to, and do the maths on any card purchase fees, loading fees, reloading fees, transaction fees, ATM fees (remembering ‘free ATM’ doesn’t cover what the local ATM operators charge), negative balance fees and closure fees before making any decisions”


For a card with 500 dollars in you can pay up to 30 dollars exchange rate which is a lot. So do your due diligence when choosing a travel card if you have to. Otherwise just use your credit card.

Another word of caution is that my Grandson found it was not always accepted in all place and that can be embarrassing especially if you do not have the cash.

Source – Escape.com.au

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Wash Me?? Maybe Do a Drawing!

A waste of great Art work I would say


THIS is SCOTT WADE. Check out what he does with the

dirty cars by carefully and artfully removing portions of the dirt.

According to his web site, he lives real close to a dirt road in San Marcos, Texas.






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Did You Know – 03/31/2014


1. The Kleenex tissue was initially a filter for gas masks. The Kimberly-Clark Corporation created the first Western facial tissue in 1924.


2. The US uses more steel to create bottle caps than it does to make bodies for cars.


3. Coconuts kill more people in the world than sharks do.
In 2002, officials in Queensland, Australia, removed coconut trees from local beaches to guard against death by coconut


4. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than the rest of the day.
the reason is that while you’re lying in bed,the fluid return works a bit better than when you’re standing up, so as the day goes on there is more fluid in your feet and they become larger

5. Sneeze

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Saving Tip For Today – 09/06/2012

Compact Cars as a rental are a better deal.

Unless you are traveling with a large number of people or have lots of luggage, reserve a cheaper compact car.
The compact car is also fuel-efficient and easier to park.

According to AARP Bulletin Compacts are not popular and rental companies fill their lots with bigger cars: If they run out of compacts you may get a free upgrade.
Fuel consumption will me more expensive but you will have the luxury of more space for less.

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Saving Tip For Today 08/27/2012

According to the AARP Bulletin Cars that are black, white or silver can fetch about $300 more in trade-in compared with similar models in red, blue, green or yellow.
I have heard and don’t know the statistics but red cars are more likely to be pulled over by cops for speeding or vehicle checks.
The also they mention that the three colors Black, White and Silver are also a preferred color for thieves.
Just sayin.

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Some Tips To Be Aware Of

Self Service Checkout – When you use this service it is advised to use your credit card and not your debit card. The reason for this in some states there are a group of criminals who are putting ‘Skimmers’ on the ATM slider register at the self-service checkout. This electronic device captures your vital information on the card and that information is used in some cases before you even leave the store.
The reason you use the credit card is that you can dispute any extra charges but with a debit card you are going to have to fight with the bank to retrieve the funds.

Batteries – Most of the toys we buy, especially at Christmas seem to need a battery. The Consumer Report have done research on the best value and the longest lasting and came up with these results.
For the longest lasting – Lithium batteries took more photos than the other types, so they don’t need to be changed as often. The best performer, Energizer Advanced, costs $5.40 per pair but just 33 cents per 50 shots. The top alkaline battery, Duracell Ultra Advanced, costs $3.65 per pair but ends up costing 70 cents per 50 shots. Use lithiums in high-drain devices such as cameras and alkalines in low-drain devices such as remote controls. For toys that are used a lot, consider high-capacity rechargeables (2,350 milliamp-hours or more).

To save money – Costco Kirkland batteries and Eveready gold.

Tips to make sure your Christmas party photo’s do not end up on Youtube or on Face-book.

1. Put that phone or camera away – Do not take it out of you bag or pocket. Then you can object to anyone else using their phone or camera to take a photo that you may not want distributed.

2. Party organizer – Ban the use of camera’s and phones for the use of a camera.

3. Refrigerator test – If you do take photo’s ask yourself would I like it if the same photo was taken of me and would I put it on my refrigerator for my Mom to see.

4. Bring your spouse – Yes, if you want to keep out of trouble bring your spouse so he can keep an eye on you.

5. Ask permission – If you take a picture that may be questionable ask, do they mind if you put it on Face-book. If the answer is no then respect their privacy.

Oil Changes – The motor industry has now published information about how often you need to change the oil in your car. The industry suggests every 5 thousand miles rather than the normal recommended 3,000. Modern cars do not need their oil changed as often as previous models. Save money, time and oil. Source – Car Talk

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Best Day For The Best Deals

According to Smart Money Magazine there are certain days of the week for bargain hunting and scoring good deals.

Retailers often have a specific day of the week that they offer big discounts. I know that my closest Academy store has Tuesday as the day it reduces some items.

Smart money suggests:

Sunday – Usually a day when retailers tend to reduce the price of appliances.

Monday – Groceries and personal stuff, cars and electronics.

Tuesday – Travel. This I know for sure. If you look for booking a flight to the destination of your desire, at midnight Tuesday there is a strong chance that you will get a good deal on your flight. My friends also have tried this with great success.

Wednesday – A runner-up to Tuesday for travel. The worst time to buy airline tickets is the weekend.

Thursday – Clothes online and traditional retailers tend to start the weekend sales early on this day.

So there you have it. If you want bargains choose your day.

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Did You Know – 10/31/2011

1. In the entire state of Ohio in 1895, there were only two cars on the road, and the drivers of these two cars crashed into each other. Source

2. The current scientific estimate for the age of the earth is 4.6 billion years. The evidence is based on radiometric age dating of meteorite material Source

3. A One-once gold nugget is more rare than a five-carat diamond. Gold is so heavy that one cubic foot of it weighs half a ton. Source

4. Camels milk does not curdle. They do not perspire, and their long feet keep them far above the scorching ground. Source

5. The first country to abolish capital punishment was Austria in 1787. Source

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Saving Tip For Today « 8/28/2010

Thinking of buying a Car

Saturday, and you and the family are about to spend the day going around the car lots and looking at cars.

If you find a car that you are considering buying go to carcomplaints.com. On this site you can find out what owners of that model have to say.

It could save you money and from making the wrong decision and buying a “Lemon”

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Getting into (or Out of) a Car Lease

This is an article from AARP which I think could be useful if one is found wanting to get out of a car lease.


It’s the vehicle version of online dating. Sites such as LeaseTrader.com and Swapalease.com match people eager to escape an auto lease (without paying thousands of dollars in dealer termination fees) with bargain hunters who avoid dealer fees and a down payment by assuming a lease for its remaining term.

Both sites have seen a surge in traffic. Here are some need-to-know facts before you make a deal.

FOR SELLERS. Brokerage fees run from $100 to $240 on the sites. But watch out for this hazard: some lease companies will hold you liable for damage and unpaid fees even after the transfer.

FOR BUYERS. Some sellers will pay you to take over the lease – an incentive that may cover the leasing company’s transfer fee and what you may owe in state taxes. Before you sign, check the mileage allowed on the lease and get the vehicle inspected.

Source: Don Beaulieu

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