Carrying cash is not as common these days as it used to be. But whenever you are heading off on a trip somewhere it’s always a good idea to carry some cash with you. There are still lots of places that don’t have EFTPOS available. Often you will find that there is no ATM available for your bank or no ATM at all. If you’re like me you won’t want to pay $2.00 or $3.00 to use someone else’s teller machine.
You can avoid having to pay fees for withdrawing cash, by getting some money out when you buy groceries or fuel. Woolworths and Coles will also allow you to take cash out without making a purchase. In most Woolworths supermarkets you can also use their self-serve machines like an ATM. Many supermarkets will allow you take cash out without a purchase and they don’t charge fees. In this day and age of skimming devices on ATM’s I think it is a more secure way to get your money out. I have also got cash out, without a purchase at BWS.
We always carry a container of coins and take some small denomination notes with us when we travel. This is great for paying for camping in National Parks, where an honesty system is often in use. Coins can be used for washing machines and many places still have coin operated showers.
Carrying cash with you also allows you to stop and make purchases at any road side stalls you may come across. This is one of my favourite ways to Save Money when we travel.