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Old May 11th 2019, 1:56 am
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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
I suspect that's the answer - whatever the default from ATMs is going to be the most common in circulation. ​​​All that most US ATMs have is $20 notes, but most of the time I want $1's and $5's and often end up in the branch asking a teller to swap 2 x $20 for 4 x $5's and 20 x $1's.

Occasionally I wish that I had half a dozen $100's rather than a wallet stuffed full of $20's.
$20s are the smallest denomination we can get from the ATM here.
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Old May 11th 2019, 2:05 am
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$20s are the smallest denomination we can get from the ATM here.
If you'd asked me a couple of years ago, I would have said that in the US, $20's is all you can get. But apparently casinos have ATMs that will issue $100's and maybe $50's, and a local bank branch has installed an ATM inside the branch, actually replacing a teller desk, that issues a free choice of $1's, $5's, $20's and $100's.
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Old May 11th 2019, 2:47 pm
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...most of the time I want $1's and $5's...
While googling I was surprised at the use of $1US. Even more reason to have scrapped them than the £1 note in the UK whenever they did. Remember that thing about bus ticket size?

But the $1US still seems common.

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Old May 11th 2019, 3:41 pm
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While googling I was surprised at the use of $1US. Even more reason to have scrapped them than the £1 note in the UK whenever they did. Remember that thing about bus ticket size?

But the $1US still seems common.
I use them for tips, mostly. .... For a while I was asking for $1 coins (Note to self: I need to go back to doing that), and using those as tips - I nicknamed them "novelty dollars" because I never see them in circulation. I gave one as a (pretty generous) tip at a drive up restaurant (check <sonic drive in> if you are unfamiliar with the concept) and the kid I gave the coin to asked what it was - he had never seen one, and didn't recognize it as legal tender!
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Old May 11th 2019, 4:16 pm
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While googling I was surprised at the use of $1US. Even more reason to have scrapped them than the £1 note in the UK whenever they did. Remember that thing about bus ticket size?

But the $1US still seems common.
If given a choice people, businesses, banks etc for the most part prefer paper bills which is why the $1 coin keeps failing.

The only way a $1 coin will succeed is for congress to remove the $1 bill completely from the picture.

But congress and presidents keep signing acts to produce $1 coins so there is a good stock pile of them of them now sitting not being used.

Most recent is Trump who signed American Innovation $1 coin which will see 4 new $1 coins released each year from 2019-2032.

$1 coins are mostly novelty, if the government were serious about getting people to use coins, they would remove the $1 bill. But the penny is the same way, people are used to the penny, habit keeps the penny around, even though other countries like Canada have removed the annoying coin from circulation but it persists in the US, when I visit I totally forget the penny exists until I start getting change and my pocket fills with them.

American's tend to be creatures of habit and not fond of change even if the change would be beneficial to them in the long run.
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Old May 11th 2019, 4:40 pm
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It is fairly pricey in Western Australia. Housing is getting close to Lower Mainland prices. It's only because we have 2 incomes that we were able to buy a very small house 50 km from the city . If I was on a single income (even though I make a good wage) I'd be either renting or buying a small apartment . The only thing that I find not too bad is transit, butI have a heavily subsidised travel card because I work for the state government (25% discount). My insurance and cost of licensing my car every year is about the same as it would be in BC.
The cost of things here has really hit home since we've been back. Over $20,000 'stamp duty' to buy a house, WTF! What is bloody 'stamp duty' anyway?

If you need a tradie to come to your house it's going to cost a minimum of $100 'call-out fee', even if they don't do anything.

If you smoke, give up because you'll pay $40 - $50 per pack of 30 or 40.

On the bright side, fuel is half the cost of the UK, as is the rates (Council tax) And the beaches, parks and hills are free!
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Old May 11th 2019, 7:55 pm
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The cost of things here has really hit home since we've been back. Over $20,000 'stamp duty' to buy a house, WTF! What is bloody 'stamp duty' anyway?
It's the price you pay for stamping your foot in anger.

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Wow, 40 pack cigs... the norm in Canada is 20 or 25. My parents had a bunch of the wartime "flat 50's" cans from Player's and Sweet Caporal they used back when they made their own smokes on the Z-Master.
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I saw signs in Texas a couple weeks ago when I was there and packs were like $6-$7.
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