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Wallet full of change? where to change it for higher currency?

when you spend cash and get 5cent, 10cent, 20cent, 50cent in change and end up with a wallet full of small denominations, what do you do ?

where can I exchange these smaller coins for larger francs in Basel?
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Old 05.09.2017, 20:15
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when you spend cash and get 5cent, 10cent, 20cent, 50cent in change and end up with a wallet full of small denominations, what do you do ?

where can I exchange these smaller coins for larger francs in Basel?
Self service till in a supermarket.

My wife had in excess of £100 in small change in various purses, pockets etc. 2 trips to Tesco & problem solved.

If there is no self service till, just pay at the cash desk in Migros
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Re: Wallet full of change? where to change it for higher currency?

I just spend them in Kiosk and similar, thus not ending up in that position...
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Old 05.09.2017, 20:24
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Re: Wallet full of change? where to change it for higher currency?

Bus tickets and things like that
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Old 05.09.2017, 20:29
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Re: Wallet full of change? where to change it for higher currency?

There are some suggestions here...

https://www.englishforum.ch/finance-...oins-bank.html

https://www.englishforum.ch/daily-li...-counters.html
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Re: Wallet full of change? where to change it for higher currency?

more to the point. Is there a machine in basel that takes small coins and pays out larger coins like in most UK supermarkets ?
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Re: Wallet full of change? where to change it for higher currency?

Why not just spend them in a shop? Give the shopkeeper coins instead of notes all the time.
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Re: Wallet full of change? where to change it for higher currency?

I actually had a bar owner in Leiden complain when I tried to pay for a beer with small change. He told me it costs him money to pay it in.

I made sure of only ever presenting 100 Guilder notes for a Fl 2.50 beef whenever in that bar and be complained about that. I stopped going and I think the bar went bankrupt not long after.

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I actually had a bar owner in Leiden complain when I tried to pay for a beer with small change. He told me it costs him money to pay it in.

I made sure of only ever presenting 100 Guilder notes for a Fl 2.50 beef whenever in that bar and be complained about that. I stopped going and I think the bar went bankrupt not long after.
You have been dupped! Swiss people love to complain if they sense a weakness in you or think you are a foreigner. You have to shut them down while they are complaining then they will realise they are talking to a man.

being a brown brit myself (a person of indian origin) I have to show my balls all the time in Basel. no weakness, no retreat, no surrender. no sweat for a londoner!
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You have been dupped! Swiss people love to complain if they sense a weakness in you or think you are a foreigner. You have to shut them down while they are complaining then they will realise they are talking to a man.

being a brown brit myself (a person of indian origin) I have to show my balls all the time in Basel. no weakness, no retreat, no surrender. no sweat for a londoner!
Doesn't that get dreadfully draughty?
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You have been dupped! Swiss people love to complain if they sense a weakness in you or think you are a foreigner. You have to shut them down while they are complaining then they will realise they are talking to a man.

being a brown brit myself (a person of indian origin) I have to show my balls all the time in Basel. no weakness, no retreat, no surrender. no sweat for a londoner!
Leiden is in the Netherlands.....
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I actually had a bar owner in Leiden complain when I tried to pay for a beer with small change. He told me it costs him money to pay it in.
He is correct that it does cost him money, also he would be the only barowner in the Netherlands who has no shortage of coins.
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He is correct that it does cost him money, also he would be the only barowner in the Netherlands who has no shortage of coins.
But he obviously lost more money for being an arse, so he should have taken the cash.
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Re: Wallet full of change? where to change it for higher currency?

Pay by card and you don't have that problem in the first place. I can't believe people still faff about with coins when cards have been around for decades.
The only reason I have coins at home is for use in the laundry room as we still have one that takes 20 cent coins for washing.
Otherwise out and about it's cards only. A couple of notes for emergencies.
If someone pays me in cash I just take it all to the post office and pay it in, including and especially coins.
I haven't paid in shops with cash for more than 15 years.
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Re: Wallet full of change? where to change it for higher currency?

This may have already been discussed elsewhere (a search for "pound coin" turned up no results) but the old-style UK pound coin is being withdrawn.

They will no longer be legal tender after October 15 so anyone with stocks of UK coins accumulated over the years should consider having a clear-out if they are going to the UK before then.

I managed to get rid of a fair number on my last trip (July), a lot of them going into vending machines for train tickets.
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Pay by card and you don't have that problem in the first place. I can't believe people still faff about with coins when cards have been around for decades.
The only reason I have coins at home is for use in the laundry room as we still have one that takes 20 cent coins for washing.
Otherwise out and about it's cards only. A couple of notes for emergencies.
If someone pays me in cash I just take it all to the post office and pay it in, including and especially coins.
I haven't paid in shops with cash for more than 15 years.
At my shop and bar about 70% of all my sales are in cash so I guess it is still very popular, I guess because people know where they are. If you pay by card all the time it's easy to forget just how much you're spending unless you're on top of your admin almost every day.

I only use cards for bigger purchases and internet shopping.
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Re: Wallet full of change? where to change it for higher currency?

Fully aware that it is still very popular here. Personal preference I guess.
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Pay by card and you don't have that problem in the first place. I can't believe people still faff about with coins when cards have been around for decades.
The only reason I have coins at home is for use in the laundry room as we still have one that takes 20 cent coins for washing.
Otherwise out and about it's cards only. A couple of notes for emergencies.
If someone pays me in cash I just take it all to the post office and pay it in, including and especially coins.
I haven't paid in shops with cash for more than 15 years.

For me cash is king. Quick and easy. I love to jingle my small change in my pocket. In the Migros I just hold out my hand full of assorted coins and the lady at the till picks away happily. I also need cash to park, not having an iphone thingymugjig. Although I don't know if such parking meters exists here.


the more we pay with a card the fewer post offices there will be to pay cash into our accounts!


There's none of this direct debit and Paypal stuff for me. My debit card I us maybe once a year. Anything I order online is dependent upon me receiving an ES.


One of the greatest mistakes we have made in Switzerland is changing to this paying 'up-front'. We once had a system, which worked perfectly well, whereby goods were only paid for whan they were of the quality ordered, worked, were installed and functioning.


Oh, before I forget, we each have a card for our laundry room. Get with it!!!
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In the Migros I just hold out my hand full of assorted coins and the lady at the till picks away happily. I
Ahh, old people... oblivious to supermarket queues since 1823.
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At my shop and bar about 70% of all my sales are in cash so I guess it is still very popular, I guess because people know where they are. If you pay by card all the time it's easy to forget just how much you're spending unless you're on top of your admin almost every day.

I only use cards for bigger purchases and internet shopping.
That's exactly what I do too. It's much easier to keep track of spending when paying in cash. I wouldn't use a card for smaller amounts.

I use all my small coins when paying for things. If something is 8.25 for example and I want to pay with a 10chf note I will hand over 10.25 and get a 2chf coin as change thus eliminating small coins from the change.
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