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RE: Canadian coins - Minivanmotoman - 06-13-2019

Fwiw,
$1 CDN = 1 loonie = $0.75 US @ today's exchange rate as per ForEx.
2 loonies and 25¢= $2.25 CDN = $1.69 US at today's exchange rate. It cost you much less to wash your clothes than you thought.
Save your laundry for Canada. Smile

As CDN $ is worth less, the conversion to US$ should be a lower numerical value. 3/4 less at today's exchange rate, not more than the CDN $ number.
To help those with exchange calculations.
And there's always an exchange cost of a few points to consider overall.
Credit card companies used to be the best bet with advantageous currency exchange rates. Be aware that some stores however do their own conversions which are much higher. Google and research prior to inform yourself.
Happy travels!


RE: Canadian coins - slow2day - 06-13-2019

(06-13-2019, 10:50 AM)wayne49 Wrote:  "toonies" could have been called "doubloonies"

Doubloonies.....reminds me of the Hardy boys and the treasure.


RE: Canadian coins - slow2day - 06-13-2019

(06-13-2019, 02:30 PM)Minivanmotoman Wrote:  It cost you much less to wash your clothes than you thought.
Save your laundry for Canada. Smile

LOL...yeah, I got it wrong in my initial post.  I got my toonies and loonies mixed up. Now I remember it was 3 loonies and a quarter, so it was $3.25 CAD and not $4.25, so only about $2.45 or so USD. 

I've found that WMs and other large stores will take US cash but do their own conversions and it's quite a bit less than the official rate. At various stores it's ranged from 1.10 to 1.22 versus the 1.34 official. Maybe the clerks were hitting the wrong buttons. McDonalds up there won't take US cash, so I would buy a small item at a WM and use a $20 bill to get some pocket CAD.

Both my credit union cards only charge 1% for international transactions and that was a good thing since I made a couple of larger purchases for my van.


RE: Canadian coins - Minivanmotoman - 06-13-2019

Can easily be fooled on conversions
The stores are actually giving you LESS than the exchange rate at 1.10-1.20 as you stated.
For your one American dollar they are only giving you$1.10-$1.20 Canadian when you should be getting near $1.34 CDN.
They're not hitting the wrong buttons but giving you a lower conversion rate which is standard.
The cost for their trouble to convert.
Why using a credit card gives you a better, closer to real exchange value.

As well, there is a process for tourists to get a refund on the taxes for purchases if I remember correctly. Save your receipts. Look into that.


RE: Canadian coins - Kaylee - 06-13-2019

(06-13-2019, 10:50 AM)wayne49 Wrote:  "toonies" could have been called "doubloonies"

There was a movement to call the $2 coin the "moonie"...


because it had a Queen on the front, and a Polar Bear behind. Smile
(Get it? bare behind?)

Sadly, that never caught on , but if you meet Canadians of a certain humoUr orientation, it's an easy way to endear yourself with them.

Obligatory Geeky Canadian Content:
In both the original Star Trek TV series, and Firefly TV series, both Captains and Chief Engineers were played by Canadians. Big Grin
Nathan Fillion (who played the captain in Firefly) is an unabashed fan of William Shatner, and does a half way decent impression of him.

P.S. Wayne, you sent me a shiny PM, but you have your PMs "off".
I'll be back in town tomorrow (beating my head against an Amazon shipping snafu), and have my reply saved as a draft, all ready to send. Smile


RE: Canadian coins - wayne49 - 06-14-2019

Why would it allow me to send a PM!! That is not right!!
PM's off should mean all PM functions off.

Okay, time for someone to post how wrong that idea would be.

"Moonie", it's good that they did not go with that nickname. Followers of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon were/are called "moonies". "Loonies" would have fit just as well.

SyFy's programming is almost all Canadian. Canadian productions have a multitude of "Kevin Bacon" connectors. Very incestuous and small group that acts in almost all Canadian productions.

Back on topic, when in Canada do not pay with US dollars at POS (Point of Sale). They accept USD (United States Dollar) at par and give your change in CAD (Canadian Dollar).


RE: Canadian coins - Kaylee - 06-14-2019

(06-14-2019, 12:14 AM)wayne49 Wrote:  Why would it allow me to send a PM!! That is not right!!
PM's off should mean all PM functions off.

Okay, time for someone to post how wrong that idea would be.

Spock said it best: "Logic is only the beginning of Wisdom". Smile


RE: Canadian coins - Kaylee - 06-14-2019

Just remembered my #1 tip for folks going to Canada...

Coffee Crisp

That's a type of candy bar, with a coffee flavored cream alternating with wafers and covered with milk chocolate.
It's superb. Smile