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    Originally posted by Nocturnal Submission View Post
    It's much quicker to pay in a pub with cards, I find, and I'm quite happy to put extremely small payments on my card, sometimes less than 1.
    It is. But I like to have some idea of how much I've spent in any day, and that's easier using cash.

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      Quite.

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        Fair enough. I don't spend a lot of money but I usually ask for receipts when I do. I could also check via online banking or simply tot it up in my head.

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          Originally posted by Sporting View Post
          It's quite normal to use 50 euro notes in Spain.
          I've noticed the same elsewhere in mainland Europe. The first time I used a cash machine in Austria I asked for 100 Euros and was surprised to be presented with a single note. I couldn't get rid if it quickly enough but quickly found it was quite normal.

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            At fairs, a typical split is 70/30 cash to card. We have a minimum card spend of 5 but generally 15 or less is cash.

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              As I've mentioned before (probably on this thread), a large majority of the 200 euro notes I've seen in circulation have been used by shoppers ahead of me at Italian supermarkets, and it isn't at all unusual to see people in banks withdrawing several thousand euro in 500s, 200s and 100s.

              See also Switzerland, where ATMs dispense 200 franc notes as a matter of course.

              There is an element of tax evasion in all of this, but it has also become ingrained in the Italian psyche in a way that is certainly not the case in the UK.

              The situation in this country is more complex. NYC is still quite cash-friendly among people over 30, and ATMs regularly distribute 100s.

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                Originally posted by Capybara View Post
                It is. But I like to have some idea of how much I've spent in any day, and that's easier using cash.
                My banking app is pretty straightforward for tracking my expenditure. That might depend which bank you're with though.

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                  Oh, I'm perfectly prepared to admit that there's a bit of it's-worked-for-40-odd-years-and-I-don't-see-any-reason-to-change about it. But I don't have a smartphone and logging in to my bank account every day is a bit too much of a faff, really. But then so is finding a cash machine when I'm short.
                  Last edited by Capybara; 18-05-2019, 09:34.

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                    I once had an Australian chap come up to me in work asking to change a 500 note, he was in Europe for a month and before he travelled he shopped around for currency exchange, one of the banks was far better than the rest so he went with them and a few days later his cash arrived,four 500 notes!

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                      Oh no. Mind you, I didn't realise that there were 500 notes. That's nuts.

                      A Tunisian work colleague came over with a shopping list from his wife and a roll of 50 notes from a bank in Tunis, which was bad enough, but most of the notes were old ones and no longer legal tender. He managed to change them easily enough though. I think.

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                        All of the Euro countries except Austria and Germany stopped circulating them in January; those two countries stopped three weeks ago.

                        Though the ones in circulation remain legal tender.

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                          Dutch to push for removal of EUR 500 notes. Sounds like they're not going to do it unilaterally like Denmark though, presumably because they're in the Eurozone.

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                            New 50 to have the face of: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48962557

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