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Prepaid Cards vs Debit vs Credit: Which is best for your trip abroad?

Why use a prepaid currency card instead of your usual debit or credit card overseas? Prepaid cards come with features that help you to get more out of your holiday, plus you can use them in the same way as your debit and credit cards. Here we take you through 6 key areas where prepaid currency cards, debit cards and credit cards compete to help you decide which is the best card for your next trip.   1. Keep control of what you’re spending Unlike a debit card, a prepaid currency card lets you keep your spending money separate from […]

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What should you do with your leftover travel cash?

We’ve all come back home from holiday with a wallet full of leftover coins and notes in euros, pesos, lira, that end up in the odds drawer at home along with spare batteries and random keys. Leftover travel cash means you managed not to burn through your whole budget and also means you have an opportunity to get value from what you have left. High street buy-back services might seem to be the quick & easy option to get pounds back in your pocket, but it comes at a price. There’s a big difference between the rates that high street bureaux […]

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Bag a Black Friday deal with your Dollar Card

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us, and considering these American traditions are increasingly part of the British events calendar, that means Black Friday weekend is a great time to grab a bargain and get Christmas presents ready for your family, friends and…yourself. We’ve got a few tips to help you get the most out of the US Black Friday sales.   What is Black Friday? Black Friday is the day after US Thanksgiving, November 25th 2016. It’s one of the biggest shopping days of the year in the US as retailers like to cut their prices and […]

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Trump beats Clinton – how did it impact currency markets?

Donald Trump has won the vote to become the 45th President of the USA. Initial reaction saw Dollar weaken and investment move to safe havens Yen, Euro and Gold. Trump briefly spoke of his plans to boost the US economy through infrastructure spending during his victory speech, which had a slightly more level-headed tone than speeches we have seen in the past. After Trump’s speech, we saw the dollar strengthen slightly. The FTSE 100 fell by 2% in early trading, whilst Sterling’s value against the Dollar and Euro has now returned to yesterday’s values. The volatility in currency markets that […]

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How does the US Presidential election affect you?

On Tuesday November 8th, the American people go to the polls to vote for their next President. Clinton and Trump have been trading blows since the first primaries back in February and we’ll soon know which one of them will become the 45th President of the United States. Whether you’ve been following the run-up to the election closely or not, you need to be aware that a large political event such as this can have a huge impact on the economy and currency markets. Like Britain’s vote to leave the EU, there could be some uncertainty in currency markets leading […]

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Don’t let hidden fees scare you this Halloween

The ghosts and ghouls will soon be out for Halloween but that’s no reason to get a fright from hidden fees when spending or sending money abroad. When you’re deciding what card to take away on your next break, or looking at which payment service to use for moving money overseas, always consider your options carefully. If it looks good from the outside, check for hidden fees and scary exchange rates before you use them. Here’s our tips to avoiding nasty tricks at Halloween and the rest of the year.   Compare like-for-like rates The foreign currency market is very […]

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Get more for your money with an exotic wedding destination

Are you looking for the perfect place to say “I do”? If you are, you’re no doubt trying to figure out exactly how you are going to pay for your dream wedding. And then somehow pay for an amazingly romantic honeymoon too. With UK weddings costing an average of ÂŁ20,500, more than a deposit on a house, this is a dilemma that faces many engaged couples. There is a way to save a tonne of money on your wedding day, whilst still making sure that it’s a special celebration that you’ll never forget. Choose an exotic wedding destination for your […]

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Are more people moving abroad Post-Brexit vote?

Guest Post: Irvine Moving Solutions is a professional home and office removals company.   The Brexit vote hit the pound hard and put UK businesses in unchartered territory. The decision created much uncertainty for individuals living in the UK too, with newspapers reporting that Remain voters created a surge in citizenship applications in other EU countries. But have we seen people following through on these initial reactions? Summer 2016 certainly was a busy one for everyone at Irvine Moving Solutions! Since the announcement of Brexit in June, our moving team have consistently been on the road week on week.   […]

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7 tips for sticking to your study abroad budget

Guest post: Top tips for sticking to your study abroad budget from, the student shipping experts.   We all know studying abroad can be expensive. That being said, it’s one investment that you’re pretty much guaranteed to never regret. Not only will it give you a world of experience (literally), but it could look really attractive on your resume to any future employers. Where money is concerned, it’s a lot more than just gathering enough dough for your plane ticket, tuition fees and accommodation fees. You need to factor in the cost of living, and everything that comes along with […]

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How to manage your currency when studying abroad

If you’re heading abroad to study, you’ll need to budget and manage your money well. You actually need to do an even better job than you do at home. After all, you don’t want to be stuck in another country without any money. What’s the best way to manage your money when you’re abroad for a few months or years though? Bearing in mind that you’ll have a couple of larger tuition and accommodation bills to pay, along with your day to day spending. Well here’s our guide to some of the best (and worst) ways to manage your currency […]

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The FairFX guide to paying study abroad fees

If you or a loved one are studying abroad next semester you’ll have a few fees to pay in the coming months, the majority of which will need to be paid overseas. Whether those fees are for tuition, accommodation or just living costs, you need to think carefully about how you’ll be making these international payments. If you default to your bank you’re likely to get stung by unfavourable exchange rates and hidden fees. And don’t assume you’ll get the best deal through your university’s recommended provider. Many universities will partner with providers for their own simplicity, rather than prioritise […]

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Don’t let DCC dupe you into higher holiday costs

We all like to get the best holiday we can with the travel money that we have at our disposal. You save up for the dream vacation, probably shop around for a good deal on flights and hopefully are signed up for our Rate Alerts to buy currency when the rate is in your favour. But did you know that you could unwittingly be duped out of your hard earned travel money when using your payment card abroad? When you use cards overseas to withdraw cash or pay in shops and restaurants, you’ll often be given the option to pay in […]