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Title: exchange rate
Post by: briant on May 10, 2008, 08:34:51 PM
having compared rates on the net,the best i saw was 1.2416 fromwww.travelmoneyservices.com on contacting them they told me that the longer notice date you gave resulted in a better rate.I have ordered for delivery on 27 may and got a rate of 1.2472 commission free as the order was above £500.Hope this is of some help.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: patrickjohn on May 10, 2008, 10:49:12 PM
Hi Everyone
Wish I'd known that information, Briant, yesterday.  Changed £560 into euros at the post office and got a rate just over 1.18.  She said the rate dropped from 1.21 to 1.18 yesterday.  However in Lincoln today, the Coop were still offering 1.21, so it pays to shop around it seems.
Never mind - will just have to economise on the Mythos next week.
Best wishes
Pat
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on May 10, 2008, 11:29:07 PM
Noooooooooo don't cut back on the Mythos Pat. Surely there is something else you can do without. Ha Ha

The exchange rate is terrible isn't it.

Anyway have a great time. Hope you like the Kaloudis..........

riggers..............
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on May 10, 2008, 11:38:42 PM
I forgot to say Eggy if it goes up to 1.50 can you get me some and i will give you the money when i get there. lol.  :)  :)

Cheers.

riggers..............
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Lindypops on May 11, 2008, 12:20:06 AM
Thanks for the update briant. Maybe PJ will just leave out 1 Mythos! I`m sure you`ll have a great time PJ.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: patrickjohn on May 11, 2008, 01:15:53 PM
Hi Everyone
Thanks Riggers and Lindypops for your comments.  Yes going short on Mythos was a bad idea - never mind I'll think of something.
At least by going to the post office in the village I'm helping to keep it open, and it was only a short walk, and there was no queue, so perhaps it wasn't a bad deal at all.
The ticker it ticking down nicely so it won't be long now.
Best wishes
Pat
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Lindypops on May 11, 2008, 11:52:36 PM
PJ, you go and have the best time.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: patrickjohn on May 12, 2008, 11:50:05 AM
Thanks Lindypops.
I love your little erinaceous fellow - have never seen one in Corfu though!
Best wishes
PJ
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Lindypops on May 13, 2008, 05:15:48 PM
Lol, no I haven`t either.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Antonis on May 15, 2008, 09:45:34 PM
Does anyone know how many euros I can get to the pound in Arillas. I'm not sure whether it's better to shop around at home, or get traveller's cheques and exchange them in resort. Last year I didn't change my leftover euros back to pound, and they're worth about 15% more now.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: blondegirl on May 15, 2008, 11:37:23 PM
Same here we have about 20 euros left from last year.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sandy x on May 16, 2008, 12:05:47 AM
That won't get you far Blondegirl....lol
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on May 16, 2008, 09:16:24 AM
Yesterday the exchange in Arillas was hovering around e1.25.

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Lisa and Steve on May 16, 2008, 09:18:03 AM
Post Office yesterday was 1.18.Think this year will bring sterling and change it.Unless it shoots up suddenly.Do check it eveyday.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: blondegirl on May 16, 2008, 11:45:53 AM
I know Sandy... couple of sunbeds and a mythos!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on May 17, 2008, 03:30:27 AM
Hmm go towards a meal BG...
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: garythebike on May 17, 2008, 10:17:55 AM
One advantage to being an Englishman living in Ireland, already got euros !
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Lindypops on May 18, 2008, 12:36:37 AM
And good food too, gary.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: garythebike on May 20, 2008, 04:00:56 PM
True. they know how to serve a steak here (massive), i'm sure there are lots more advantages, the price of a pint in Dublin NOT being one of them !
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: ger on May 20, 2008, 04:20:07 PM
 hi gary, i am going on a hen weekend to dublin in august, any suggestions for a group of extreeeeeeeemly well behaved women!!!!
ger x
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Mango on May 20, 2008, 04:22:45 PM
I've tried to get me head around this Euros malarky.

Am I better off taking travellers cheques and some euros, or
No travellers cheques and all euros, or
English money and change it in Arillas, or
All travellers cheques, or
Any other solution.

Please, please someone help, I need advice, quick.

Many thanks

Amanda (in desperation!!!!!)
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: TerryW on May 20, 2008, 05:07:48 PM
Hi Amanda

I will take about €800 and then use my debit card. I haven't used travellers cheques for years, too much hassle.

TerryW
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Cheryl2307 on May 20, 2008, 05:14:22 PM
Amanda, I've been thinking long and hard about this one too!  I think I'm going to take about 100 euros with me, take some sterling and change it there and also hoping to be able to withdraw from the ATM.  With the info provided by Eggy, even when you've paid the commission, the rate is still higher in Arillas and changing it there is better for the local economy.  That's the plan at the mo, of course if the rate goes up over here, I may take all euros with me!  Sorry, I don't think I've helped you at all!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: ger on May 20, 2008, 05:30:52 PM
hi amanda, i think we are going to take some euros and some sterling to change up when we need it and a debit card as a back up! i never take travellers cheques, as they are too much hassle, and somewhere like arillas there is no problem with security anyway!
ger x
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Jo Wissett on May 20, 2008, 05:48:08 PM
For the last couple of years we have taken all euro's with us but are petrified until we are safely in the apt incase we lose it all!!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: garythebike on May 20, 2008, 10:29:23 PM
Hi Ger.
The obvious place to start would be Temple Bar, it's Dublins west end but be warned it's very touristy. There are several pubs that host do's (comedy, bands etc) and most have some form of entertainment. The good bit is the size of Dublin, most places are walking (staggering) distance or a short cab ride. Be careful late at night and stay in a group, Dublin has lost some of it's innocence since joining E.U. You'll have a great time anyway. Enjoy !
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Mango on May 21, 2008, 01:03:54 PM
thanx for your prompt responses.

My only concern about using the debit card Terry is what if the machine in Arillas doesn't work, we'd be left without cash and the nearest one after that is Sidari.

Amanda
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: TerryW on May 21, 2008, 01:51:48 PM
I usually keep a minimum of €200 and top up at the cash machine. If the machine is not working I will have enough money to keep going for a few days. I could also use a card to pay for meals etc if I needed to.

Amanda, if Stuart and yourself were needing to get to Sidari or elsewhere for any reason, you would only have to ask for Helen or myself at the Horizon and we would take you. And that goes for any other people who are in Arillas at the same time. It would be very sad if we communicated most days, here on the forum, but could not help a fellow forum member with any form of holiday emergency.



 

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Mango on May 21, 2008, 03:05:05 PM
Thanx for that Terry,

You may regret saying that, I quite fancy going to Sidari, Paleo, Corfu Town, San Stefanos.

No seriously thanks!

Amanda
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Ang on May 21, 2008, 09:12:58 PM
Thomsons will price match..so the current best rate I have seen today is M&S 1.209,all ones needs to do is take a copy of the todays price and they will match it.
I am going to do a 50/50 split euro/sterling and see how it goes.
Ang
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on May 21, 2008, 09:25:24 PM
Asda online are offering 1.2154 if you buy £500 or more, delivered to your house next day. How's that ??

I take mostly Euros and some sterling just in case. (mainly for airport duty free).

riggers.........
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Timbo on May 21, 2008, 10:45:12 PM
Thats not bad actually riggers, I'll be keeping a close eye on them in the coming weeks before I go. Thanks mate! :-)
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Lindypops on May 21, 2008, 10:46:01 PM
Same here riggers, but not keen to buy at the airport.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: PaulnMaria on May 22, 2008, 01:52:23 AM
You would do well to avoid changing your money at the airport. When we flew back in to Newcastle last friday I noticed the Travelex exchange there only offered 1.14 euro's to the pound. At the time the rate in Arillas was around 1.24-1.25.
Maria
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: NicandJohn on May 23, 2008, 11:27:01 AM
Just bought a grand at travelex for 121.84and a bit. I'll buy the rest over there I guess.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Peckedhen on May 23, 2008, 11:43:18 AM
HELP!!  I'm confused now! (It doesn't take much :roll:)  We usually take about £1000 sterling and change the whole lot in Arillas. I thought the exchange rate was better there. Reading all these posts, would it be better to have it changed here?  :?  :?
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Lou on May 23, 2008, 12:08:49 PM
Hi Peckedhen we to normally change up our money incorfu the best place for rates we found was in sidari on the left in the main street can't remember the name of the place but it sells trips for coaches, boats and horse riding and the man in there is a very nice boy if you get my drift !!!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Ang on May 29, 2008, 11:38:03 AM
Well I got 600 euro yesterday at the bank for £499 I think that was 1.219, pretty much as they were all quoting.
Ang
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: alyvin on May 29, 2008, 01:47:21 PM
Used the ATM in Arillas on 24/5/08, just checked my bank statement and I got 1.221 exchange rate. My service charge was £1.50 as I bank with Halifax.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: ron on May 29, 2008, 05:44:45 PM
www.travelmoney services.com quote 1.23euros
ron & ali
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: MarknJade on May 30, 2008, 02:27:53 PM
Hi everyone,

Just got 1.236 at the Cheque Centre (Best I could find ) with no minimum spend.

If anyones interested you can call 0800 243028 to locate your nearest branch.

Hope this is of interest.

Just 3 more sleeps before we make our Arillas 'Debut'..... Cant wait !!

Yammas,

MarkanJade
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justphil on May 30, 2008, 03:05:52 PM
hi markanjade

just loved the words
Quote
Arillas 'Debut'
- sounds like a new career in showbusiness!

Say kalimera to everyone, and you will find out what we're endlessly on about.

best wishes for your first night... "break a leg" and don't mention the scottish play....
lol
Phil
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: MarknJade on May 30, 2008, 08:46:30 PM
Thanks Phil,

I'm sure we will enjoy it... After all, reading all the posts on this forum by so many people can only be positive.

I think the forum gives a fantastic insight into what Arillas is like, and we like what we are reading !!!!

We like the quiet resorts (always Greece though, because of the people ) and this is why we picked Arillas, although I dont know if Arillas will be ready for our 3 year old daughter !!!!!

Cant wait to get there to find out though !!!!!!!!!!

MarknJade     
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: harold on May 30, 2008, 09:31:26 PM
I used my Nationwide Flex account card at the machine in Arillas and got from 125.59 upto and the best was 126.22 that was only 2 weeks ago and with no commision or charges.the tourist shops were quoting approx 125 with 2 euro chage.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: PaulnGina on June 05, 2008, 10:04:16 PM
Just wondering does any1 know the current exchange rate in arrillas at the mo. just wondering weather it would be best 2 change here or over there?
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: kevin.g on June 05, 2008, 11:09:17 PM
121.89 in marks and spencers this morning in romford essex,from a cashpoint machine ..yammas
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: blondegirl on June 06, 2008, 12:48:30 AM
1.20 if you order them online at TSB..
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justjen on June 06, 2008, 01:31:53 AM
1.2179 from post office online today (min £350)

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sandy x on June 06, 2008, 01:42:41 AM
1.27 in my bank statement today from using my Nationwide card at the ATM in Arillas.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justlynn on June 07, 2008, 03:17:54 PM
Only trouble we had this year using the ATM was that our cards got blocked!

After seeing Watchdog, we informed our bank of our holiday dates and where we would be.  Apparently, people had been finding that their banks were blocking their cards while they were out of the country as a security procedure regarding unusual activity.  Watchdog advised to tell your banks where and when you are going, but they did also add that, as banks are computerised, sometimes even this isn't enough.

On our first week Colin's card was blocked in spite of his having notified the bank, but mine worked fine.  Then in the last few days of the holiday my card became blocked, so in desparation Colin tried his card again and hey presto, it worked! 

(Admittedly it would have been a good idea to take the little card we were given by our bank with the telephone number to ring should there be any problems.  I left it by the computer on our desk! derrr.........)
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: JohnTheRef&Dot on June 07, 2008, 09:10:52 PM
Yes there seems to be a bit of a problem if you are using your card at the ATM.
Do the banks take notice of what you tell them.
Whilst we were over in May our son tried to use his, he had informed his bank prior to traveling. when he tried to use the ATM he was denied.
He contacted his bank and was informed that they had tried to contact him to see if his card may have been used in Greece.
Yes it had he replied, I have informed you that I would be using it whilst on holiday.
He then informed them that as they knew he was on holiday why did they telephone him at home to see if he was using his card whilst he was on holiday?
Next thing you know they will be charging him for the telephone call????
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Jo Wissett on June 07, 2008, 10:23:36 PM
Please could all of you who have had problems tell us which Banks you are with?  Would be interesting to see if there is a pattern
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: BeckyB on June 07, 2008, 10:42:32 PM

Hi Jo,

I know this isn't quite what you asked, but in terms of banks - I'm with the HSBC & have never had an issue with the ATM in Arillas.
I let them know when I'm away & where I'm going to be & it was really, really good - no problems at all to report.

I can tell you however that staying above the Brouklis & being very near to the ATM machine, I heard a few people who were strolling by (after attempting to use the machine) that didn't appear to have had a lot of success - maybe it's all the different foreign cards that are being used all at once?!?

I don' really know, but it's always been spot on for me & for Christian who's with the Nationwide.
Hope that helps Jo?

Becky Bx.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: ron on June 07, 2008, 10:50:18 PM
WWW.TRAVELMONEY SERVICES.COM.    1.2318 15-21 DAYS ORDER.

RON
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justlynn on June 07, 2008, 10:56:44 PM
Hi Jo,
Yes, Colin and I are both with the Co-operative Bank.  That may change at some point though!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eileen on June 07, 2008, 10:57:44 PM
We are with the Clydesdale Bank and to be honest it has never even crossed my mind to inform my bank that I would be using the card abroad.  I've never had a problem in Arillas or elsewhere.

Although once, a few years ago when I was in Spain, my branch called me on my mobile to confirm it was me using my card. 

I hope I've not just placed a jinx on my card.....
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: patrickjohn on June 07, 2008, 11:39:48 PM
Hi Folk
Drew 280 euros from the ATM on 28th May using my HSBC Maestro debit card.  No problem.  Had not informed them where I was.
Best wishes
Pat
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: BeckyB on June 07, 2008, 11:44:50 PM
I'm sure you haven't placed a jinx Eileen - but I know what you mean. I sort of feel the same way too!

I've never previously felt the need to inform my bank about being abroad & as I mentioned, have never had any problems with the ATM in Arillas & have to say got a much better exchange than was on offer in the UK before we left to come away.

The reality is that the Euro exchange isn't getting much better is it?

Still, I doubt it will stop us all from coming back eh?

Becky B x.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justlynn on June 08, 2008, 12:21:59 AM
Judging by these posts, it would seem better to NOT tell your bank when you're going away!!

lynn x
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sandy x on June 08, 2008, 04:02:55 AM
Just what I was thinking justlynn.....
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Maggie on June 08, 2008, 01:28:20 PM
I used my nationwide card at the atm in arillas last year with no problems. I didn't inform the bank that I would be away, not sure i will tell them this year either.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: M n M on June 08, 2008, 11:08:31 PM
Maggie, like you I am with the Nationwide and they only say you should inform them if you are using a credit card when you are away, I've never had a problem with the debit card anywhere. I will be using it again in June and October. Mick
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: blondegirl on June 09, 2008, 12:19:20 AM
M n M  I can remember also being told by my bank to inform them regarding your CC.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on June 09, 2008, 10:02:10 AM
Exchange is still hovering around the e1.24 / e1.25 here.

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: raff on June 09, 2008, 11:53:36 AM
CHEERS Eggy.  still better then U.K.  time to start keeping a close eye on it now.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: angiem on June 19, 2008, 05:31:25 PM
Anyone know what the current exchange rate is in Arillas?
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on June 19, 2008, 05:46:27 PM
Angie M

e1.246 this afternoon.

Cheers
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: angiem on June 19, 2008, 05:51:41 PM
many thanks  Neil

Angie
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Antonis on June 21, 2008, 09:12:04 PM
I decided to take traveller's cheques, and change them in Arillas, for what I expected would be a better exchange rate. It was so; 1.20 to the pond in the UK, compared to 1.24 in Arillas. HOWEVER, I had to pay 2% commission in the UK, and yet another 2% commission in Arillas, so I was no better off. Last year, in a larger Greek resort, with perhaps a greater range of banking facilities, I got my cash commission free. Arillas proved worth the extra few euros though!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: RUSSELL on June 22, 2008, 01:26:18 AM
I got 1.225 today at Thomas Cooks in Sheffield town centre just a bit better
then M&S rates.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Mike and Debbie on June 23, 2008, 11:35:39 PM
If you take cash and exchange in Corfu do you normally pay commission or does anyone know where it is commission free.

Eggy, can you please keep us updated on a daily basis to the exchange rate in Arillas.

Cheers

Mike & Debbie

P.S. 5 weeks and counting
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sandy x on June 24, 2008, 01:10:29 AM
I think most places in Arillas charge 2%
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: TerryW on June 24, 2008, 01:37:05 AM
I got some Euros this weekend at M&S and took advantage of their £10.00 voucher when you exchange £250 or more. I did £250 on Saturday and £250 on Sunday and Helen had £20.00 off her clothes. The £10 back gives an exchange rate of about 1.257.

If she buys more clothes next Saturday, I will get another £250 exchanged.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on June 24, 2008, 08:44:05 AM
Yesterday was e1.252 and the commission on any money changed is 2%.

I think, with the two busiest months looming, that it may break the  e.1.26 barrier.
 ( But I've got all the Euro 2008 results wrong, so far, so what do I know? )

The Barclays Bank account, we used to have in the UK,offered us commission free euros and Travellers cheques plus free holiday insurance plus a few other perks.
( I think we paid £5 monthly for alll these privileges )

So we always bought T/C ' s with us and changed in Arillas.

Cheers
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on June 26, 2008, 06:34:26 PM
e1.242 in Arillas today people.
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Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: vivian on June 27, 2008, 09:24:26 AM
Well Eggy, . Im not surprised you havent got any time to do the gardering or anything like that when your always on here because another forum member asked you to find some thing out for them. Your a star You deserve an ouzo. LOL. Viv
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: robinm on June 27, 2008, 11:37:43 AM
In my daily life I run a jewellery wholesale business and our suppliers are mainly from Germany and the U.S. The strengthening euro has had a dramatic effect on our prices in the UK but likewise it is having an adverse effect on exports from the Euro zone. I visit Germany regularly and they are not at all happy with the strength of the euro. I am also in weekly contact with currency dealers and the consencus of opinion is:-

1 The euro is currently overvalued and there will have to be a correction.

2 The correction will not take place in the next few weeks!

Unfortunately we are all at the mercy of speculators and like everything else in life at the moment we have got to grin and bear it. At least I can look forward to a relaxing 2 weeks in Arillas.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on July 01, 2008, 07:29:40 PM
Vivian
I always deserve an Ouzo ,but now ,thanks to your kind words , I'll have 2 termorrer!

RobinM
Interesting post that and I think we should all take notice of it.

Exchange today here is e1.246

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: robinm on July 03, 2008, 01:05:52 PM
Hi Eggy

It looks like the european central bank will put up interest rates today - this is already having an effect on the euro - it is getting slightly stronger against the £! I did notice in our local Thomas Cook that they are offering euro's at 1.24 to the £ but you have to spend a minimum of £500.

My advice is shop around as travel agents are struggling and will probably do a deal on currency exchange.

Robin
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on July 03, 2008, 06:53:18 PM
Robin

I will keep a very close watch on the exchanges here.
( maybe e1,27 by the end of July then? )

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: robinm on July 04, 2008, 10:20:49 AM
Hi Negg

Could well be. If you follow this link on the BBC website it gives live data on exchange rates.
 http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/fds/hi/business/market_data/currency/11/12/default.stm

These rates are spot rates and are more closely related to commercial transactions. However it gives a good indication of where rates are going.

Robin
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: M n M on July 04, 2008, 09:29:32 PM
Hi all, got back from Halki yesterday, from the ATM we averaged 1.27 with our Nationwide card to the £ so no charges and spent most of it :-), Mick.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sandy x on July 05, 2008, 12:02:40 AM
Sounds good to me M n M....
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on July 05, 2008, 09:05:30 AM
Robin M

Thanks for that and I've made it one of my "favourites".

Yesterday here it was e 1.248. - It's also good to hear, from M & M about the e1.27 average with Nationwide.

Cheers
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Peckedhen on July 05, 2008, 12:22:17 PM
We usually take stirling and exchange it in Arillas.  This time, after reading this, I've decided to get the Nationwide card........but which one do I need apply for, there are three:  the Classic, the cash reward and the Comic Relief?? 

Cheers.
Sue
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sandy x on July 05, 2008, 12:26:32 PM
Mine is the Nationwide Flexaccount
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: blondegirl on July 05, 2008, 03:15:19 PM
I am tempted to say the Comic Relief!  Especially if the machine keeps your card - thats no joke!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justphil on July 05, 2008, 05:28:06 PM
Oh well, we got just about 1.21 yesterday (before I celebrated and got absolutely like the back end of a small rodent...)

Thomas Cook was the same rate, but went to my own bank branch and they handled issues like card limits etc.

Have taken out a Nationwide Flex Account, but as usual with jen and me, too late for this trip. Will help us in September though. Thanks for the advice Sandy. In September we can spend the few euros we save on some extra Black Russians...

Phil




Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on July 05, 2008, 05:46:20 PM
That is what i like to hear Phil, You have already sorted out what you are going to do with the euros you save.  :D

riggers...
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Peckedhen on July 05, 2008, 06:31:05 PM
Thanks Sandy - I'll get on to it ready for September!
Sue
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Mike and Debbie on July 12, 2008, 01:05:17 AM
Hi All,
any update on exchange rate in Arillas?
Cheers
Mike
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on July 12, 2008, 01:11:42 AM
I would imagine pretty much the same............... 1.24


riggers...
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on July 12, 2008, 08:40:39 AM
Riggers

Yer not wrong! - It's hovering around the e1.244 / e 1.246 at the mo.

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Cheryl2307 on July 13, 2008, 05:43:49 PM
I got 1.223 yesterday (after a bit of haggling!)  so works out roughly the same.  It was at Thomas Cook, they were originally offering 1.21 but I told them what Althams were displaying in the window and they matched it.  Pays to shop around and to be cheeky!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: craig w on July 16, 2008, 02:52:19 PM
iv just phoned round a few places in edinburgh  post office seems the today

post office              1.2202
thomas cook           1.214
marks and sparks   1.2137
rbs                        1.198     
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on July 16, 2008, 06:20:41 PM
Arillas shows e 1.242 today.

A slight drop but I still think e 1.255 around the end of this month.

What do I know? - Couldn't get euro 2008 right!

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: stu on July 24, 2008, 10:18:36 PM
Hi, 
Any update on the exchange rate in ARILLAS at the mo..?
& is 2% commission the norm?

4 days to go....can't wait...?

cheers

Stu
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on July 25, 2008, 01:31:02 AM
it's still around that e 1.243 mark today which is dissapointing.
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: stu on July 25, 2008, 01:34:25 AM
Thanks
still better than here, offered 1.20 today...!
stu
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Mike and Debbie on July 25, 2008, 09:04:04 AM
Hi All,

I went to Thomas Cook last week and told them i had been offered 1.225 by First Choice, small white lie, they then offered me 1.23. They also had an offer if you put over £500 on a cash card loaded with Euros you get an extra 25 euros on top of what you put on the card.Apparently you put this into an ATM and draw euros out and it only charges 2 euro per transaction (max 700 euro a day). Not bad considereering you get 25 free.

Mike
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: briant on July 27, 2008, 02:58:48 PM
latest rates from money services .com.14 days notice 1.2384.51 days notice 1.2562.del.in oct.1.2600 in nov.1.2638.these rates are based on minimum £500.order and are commission and delivery free.I was more than happy to deal with them in july.I shopped around and nobody offered me as good a deal.Hope this is of help .
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Lindypops on July 28, 2008, 03:23:57 AM
Thanks for the information briant.  Will look.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on August 01, 2008, 11:21:54 PM
A "record" 1.256 in Arillas today y'all. - Will we get 1.26+ in 10 days time??
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on August 01, 2008, 11:28:50 PM
That is great news Negg.

Hope it is on the way up. The fuel prices (petrol and diesel )have dropped over here at the moment. Gas and electric on the rise though.  Can't win.


riggers...
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: PPMMAN on August 02, 2008, 01:14:22 PM
Tesco Card giveing 1.229 over £500 free delivery no commission
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on August 03, 2008, 04:13:39 PM
Riggers

e1.257 today. - ( an exra half a beer for £100 exchanged! )

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on August 03, 2008, 05:01:20 PM
Lol  Eggy.

I don't think half a beer will touch the sides.

riggers..
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justlynn on August 03, 2008, 05:18:19 PM
Ha ha, know what you mean there, riggers!

lynn  :D
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: sue on August 03, 2008, 06:34:52 PM
mines from coop 1.253 euros
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justphil on August 03, 2008, 06:59:37 PM
Little tart me... I would take 1.20 if there was free beer

lol
Phil
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on August 12, 2008, 05:23:04 PM
e1.263 today y'all.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on August 12, 2008, 05:27:17 PM
Getting better all the time  :) Think i might wait though till the last minute. Asda online was offering nearly 1.24 today if you get £500 worth, next day delivery to your door.

riggers..
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justphil on August 12, 2008, 06:30:01 PM
Was there free beer with that riggers??????????

Forget the exchange rate - bring on the Mythos!

lol
Phil
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on August 12, 2008, 08:07:00 PM
Ah Phil !

Just to let you know that I predict e1.275 for the end of August.
____________________________________________________________________

Also there is a mixed european clientele in Arillas this month. French, Italians and Germans and of course many Greeks from Athens and thereabouts.plus someone who said "Spasibo" as thanks for directions to San Stephanos.


But..... I haven't seen any Black Russians since you and Lyn retd back to Glastonbury.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on August 12, 2008, 08:25:40 PM
I hope your prediction is right Negg. Do you mean Jen (not Lyn)  :)

riggers...
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justphil on August 12, 2008, 09:14:12 PM
That'll get 'em talking Eggy! I don't know if Lynn would come back to Glastonbury with me but I'm pretty sure Colin would take a dim view of it. As would Jen.........

Maybe the KoumQuat or the hostess trolley could be implicated here. Or a certain pair of flip-flops......

Cheers
Phil


Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on August 12, 2008, 10:54:52 PM
BUM !

Phil n Jen of course. - I keep doing this when my fingers go faster than the brain.

Next thing is I'll be told they are not black russians. Have I git the colour wrong as well

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justjen on August 12, 2008, 10:59:30 PM
Makes no difference Eggy - black,white...., we,ll drink 'em all (HIC).

lol! Jen
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justlynn on August 13, 2008, 12:46:21 AM
Ha ha ha - I've just choked on my tia maria!  (Ran out of cola so had an extra strong black russian!)

Never mind eggy, my fingers always go faster than my brain!  (Got puzzled about the spasibo so googled it and it's Russian, but maybe you all knew that anyway!)

Would love to come to Glastonbury Phil but only with Colin, ha ha!  Love to Jen.

lynn xx
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justphil on August 13, 2008, 02:24:38 AM
We'd love to welcome you both Lynn. But both is the point.....

Eggy was having a "senior moment" as we both call them. He and I are good at those. It can't be the ouzo, because I rarely drink that. It must be our junior age!

Wikipedia says a white russian is equal measures of vodka, coffee liqueur and cream. Jen and my version consists of cold milky coffee and loads of vodka. We often drink that. We don't worry whether they are black or white though. Just like the rest of our attitudes.

Take care both, and see you in Arillas one day soon
love
phil and jen

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: lynwill53 on August 14, 2008, 10:28:13 AM
Exchange rates on offer dropping like a stone here at the moment. Best rates gone from 1.25 to 1.23 in 2 days!!

Does anyone think this is just a hiccup? Or is it likely to keep dropping?!!!! (wish I'd ordered mine the other day now!! Is the rate dropping in Arillas too?
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on August 14, 2008, 02:27:52 PM
I have noticed they have took a tumble today. My son wants some as he is going to Ibiza with his girlfriend on Saturday. Last day for him tomorrow to get some.

riggers...
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: pg32 on August 15, 2008, 12:18:29 PM
Can anyone give advice on current exchange rate in Arillas at the moment? Eggy maybe?

Thanks

Paul
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on August 15, 2008, 03:36:08 PM
Paul

I only saw e1.24 today. It's taken a small tumble here , as well.

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: pg32 on August 15, 2008, 04:28:15 PM
Thanks Neil see you in a couple of weeks time!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on August 16, 2008, 01:11:15 AM
My son was offered 1.18 at post office today, he eventually got 1.21 off them for £600 worth. What a load of , i won't swear.

riggers..

PS Keep an eye on this for me Negg please. Should I exchange here ??????
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: blondegirl on August 16, 2008, 03:58:24 PM
I just knew it... by the time we go in September it will equal the £1. !!!!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on August 18, 2008, 10:47:16 PM
It's just crept up to 1.25 euros today y'all.

For the first time today the cashpoint had run out of money.

A very busy August methinks!

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on August 25, 2008, 01:13:03 PM
Noticed the exchange as e 1.257 in Arillas today.

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: blondegirl on August 25, 2008, 01:28:57 PM
Almost frightened to have a look at this posting in case it had gone down again.... glad its crept up now though!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: pg32 on August 26, 2008, 09:08:17 AM
Neil....what is the commission in Arillas? I have done some searchin here so just need to weigh up my options before coming over on monday!

Thanks Paul
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: lynwill53 on August 26, 2008, 10:06:49 AM
Noticed the exchange as e 1.257 in Arillas today.

Negg

Like the others above I'm still undecided....

What's the exchange rate/commission situation for £ cash exchange?
How many places do it? And who gives the best deals?
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on August 26, 2008, 05:36:48 PM
Lyn

It's still e 1.257 today and expect a 2% charge for exchange which gives you around a e 1.232 mark. This is for cash and Travellers cheques.
But if you already paid commission  on your T/C's then dont expect many euros extra just peace of mind that you are exchanging when you need the cash and a good feeling that you are exchanging with local Arillas businesses.

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justphil on August 26, 2008, 06:19:43 PM
Just got 1.22 for a "clearance sale" at First Choice. Had to be in 100 euro notes which are unpopular and they wanted to get rid of them. Shame theye didn't just give them away... Their ordinary rate was 1.18, but Lloyds bank was 1.20 all with no commission.

So it looks like most of our exchange will be while we are there, on our Nationwide FlexCard.

Phil
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sandy x on September 03, 2008, 05:44:07 PM
I was told the rate had fallen to 1.21 in Arillas yesterday.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on September 03, 2008, 06:45:10 PM
A very misely 1.14 at the post office today. If you get more than £500 you get 1.16 :( seems i have made the wrong decision waiting.

They did say they expect it to go back up once the kids are back at school, are you having that one ???

riggers...
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on September 03, 2008, 07:19:21 PM
You get e 1.22 in  Arillas today John. - Pretty poor beg better than the UK
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on September 03, 2008, 07:53:13 PM
Cheers Negg i think iwill be getting them in Arillas.

riggers...
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: pandb on September 04, 2008, 05:38:38 PM
Hi there

returning to paradise (spelt ARILLAS) next week - can someone advise please, is it better to get euros in Britain or wait until we get there - current options in UK are around 1.18 ( albeit with no comission)
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on September 04, 2008, 06:18:18 PM
It's around that e 1.23 today. - Not good but at least you give the commission to Arillas businesses.
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: pandb on September 05, 2008, 11:18:30 AM
Negg

Many thanks - agree with you that I would rather pay the commission in Arillas than UK.

Only 7 days to go & counting down every minute.

Once again - many thanks for the info.

Brian
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on September 08, 2008, 10:35:00 PM
e1.23 today.

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on September 08, 2008, 10:48:21 PM
I hope Olga has plenty, i intend to change all my sterling over there. 1.17 here Negg


riggers..
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on September 08, 2008, 11:02:01 PM
Riggers

I reckon by Weds it will be e1.24.
( You can play the "stock market" when you're here! - "do I or don't I ?" )

see ya soon
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: GillB on September 11, 2008, 02:29:59 PM
Riggers

I reckon by Weds it will be e1.24.
( You can play the "stock market" when you're here! - "do I or don't I ?" )

see ya soon
Negg

Coming out to Arillas on Monday.....have been keeping an eye out for the exchange rates out there....whats the rate at the mo?
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on September 11, 2008, 06:07:31 PM
I'll take a peek tomorrow.

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: bmw1106 on September 11, 2008, 11:27:03 PM
I got 1.20 from Thomson today
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on September 12, 2008, 06:57:29 PM
Todays rate is e 1.245 folks.

I'm told that some places in Sidari offer e1.25. - But you gotta get there.

I reckon the Arillas rate could go 0.75 either way by Tuesday next week.
( Love to see e1.255 )

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: M n M on September 12, 2008, 10:26:02 PM
Near where I live is  a company called 'Cheque Centre Currency' they also have an internet site by the same name, well today they are selling at 1.219 to the £. If you go to some of the larger travel agencies they will match other local prices, so when I need a few euros I just quote the CCC prices and have always had it matched, by a few I mean about £100s worth. Normally I wait untill I arrive at my holiday destination.
Just a thought, Mick.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: LPO on September 12, 2008, 11:13:20 PM
Today Althams in Bury is offering 1.24 to the pound. So looks like things are improving!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: GillB on September 13, 2008, 12:25:13 AM
Thanks for checking Negg you are a gent, its still better than over here!
M&S are at 1.21 here today...... so we are still a little behind.
Today I'm just grateful I decided that I preferred Monarchs flight times to XL's!!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: patrickjohn on September 18, 2008, 09:58:54 PM
Hi All
Yesterday the Post Office gave me a shade over €1.21 to the pound on over £500.
This compares with €1.18 they gave me for the same amount in May 2008.
However last year they were doing €1.35!
Best wishes to all at or heading for Arillas
PJ
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Mick and Jill on September 18, 2008, 11:46:41 PM
Does anyone know what the exchange rate is over in Arillas at present.  Have some Euros to take over but knowing me will need more.

Thanks Jill
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on September 19, 2008, 10:00:03 AM
Mick n Jill

Yesterday was still at e1.24.

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Mick and Jill on September 19, 2008, 07:55:11 PM
Will definatly get it changed over in Arillas much better rate than here.

Thanks Eggy
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: blindpete on September 19, 2008, 09:33:37 PM
Eggy,

Where is the best place to change it in Arillas and what do they charge?
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on September 19, 2008, 11:28:15 PM
BP

A choice of places and they all charge 2% commission. The exchange rate is usually the same at all of them.

Negg

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on September 20, 2008, 07:09:48 PM
I am pretty damm sure I spotted e 1.256 in Arillas today.

Luv to see e 1.265 by Tuesday next week!

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Mick and Jill on September 21, 2008, 12:29:33 AM
So would we Eggy ;0)
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: BeckyB on September 21, 2008, 10:56:44 AM

So would I Mick & Jill - so would I :-)
It's pretty encouraging though isn't it? Creeping up nicely.
Thanks ever so Eggy for your timely reports. I'll take some out with me, but buy the bulk in Arillas I think.
Not long now :-)
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on September 22, 2008, 05:58:55 PM
e1.255 on the boards today at Arillas.  - Keep those fingers crossed!
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: ahas on September 25, 2008, 04:20:24 PM
Today the currency exchange rate at Travelex http://www.travelex.co.uk (http://www.travelex.co.yk) for Euro is 1.2224.  Is it a good rate to buy from this site.  They offer online ordering option since i urgently need some money to travel this weekend?
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on September 25, 2008, 07:06:45 PM
Ahas

Depends on the commission rate.

Today in Arillas comes in at e 1.243 with a 2% commission.

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: kes on September 25, 2008, 07:16:09 PM
Thanks for the update. Eggy....Oh for the Drachma !!!!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: BeckyB on September 25, 2008, 07:16:53 PM
Thanks so much for this regular update Eggy - it's been invaluable.
Do you think you might be able to give me one more update tomorrow - before we set off on Saturday?
Sorry to be a pain in the bottom - it will just help me determine how much sterling I'll exchange in Arillas.
Only if you're able to :-)
BeckyBx
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: kes on September 25, 2008, 07:29:32 PM
Becky... do you keep having to remind us that you are going on Saturday... ;)
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: BeckyB on September 25, 2008, 07:57:16 PM

I'm sorry Kes :-)
I'm getting to that point now where it's almost like Christmas Eve! Shall I stop?
Oops :-)
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: TONYNEW on September 25, 2008, 09:19:27 PM
When do you go Becky lol have a great time B i'm sure you will :-)
                                 Tony
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on September 26, 2008, 02:15:48 PM
I see e 1.248 in Arillas today.

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: M n M on September 26, 2008, 09:58:09 PM
Neill, cheers the best offer I have had today is 1.22. See you anytime from Monday. Mick.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: BeckyB on September 26, 2008, 10:14:46 PM

Thank you very much Eggy,
I really hope I see you this time
BeckyB :-)
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on October 05, 2008, 05:31:18 PM
e1.255 currently being offered in Arillas today.

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: sunshine on October 05, 2008, 05:42:07 PM
Yesterday Tesco was offering 1.25 seemed the best i have seen in England
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on October 05, 2008, 08:48:10 PM
I must check this Tesco out. 
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Lindypops on October 05, 2008, 11:32:11 PM
Saw 1.26/7 in Sidari last week.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: robinm on October 06, 2008, 12:28:37 PM
Commercial rate today is 1.298. This is the highest it has been for sometime. Would expect a rate of 1.28 in Arillas very shortly!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: briant on October 07, 2008, 06:09:31 PM
Since I posted this Topic on 10th.of May it has been read over 11000 times which proves how exchange rate concious we all are.To refer to my first post TMS sent me their rates today and in brief they are 7 days notice 1.26 .41 days notice 1.28.No commission and free delivery.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: TONYNEW on October 08, 2008, 08:58:58 AM
Well i keep wondering how the exchange rate will go for next year up to the 1.40s i hope but things dont look too promising at the moment lets keep our fingers crossed and hope it improves as it does make a big difference espeacialy for those folks with a few kiddies
                      Tony                           
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on December 10, 2008, 06:48:47 PM
I think the exchange today is something like e1.15? What's happening folks?

There's more n more talk of one euro to a pound here. I know nothing of economic polictic etc but, if v.a.t comes down from 17.5% to 15% the extra money people can save for "special treats" can be easily consumed by the exchange rate when people need a well earned break.

Spare a thought for those trying to "live the dream" Not Egg n Wegg, but those halfway though building projects. I know some who have now put their builds on hold in the hope the exchange improves.

A e200,000 quote for a house in Sept 07 was around £142,000 - Now it's £174,000.

Frightening times people.
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Geoff on December 10, 2008, 06:54:18 PM
I've got my own Conspiracy Theory on this one.
The government will allow the £ to slip so close to the Euro that when they suggest that we might as well change to the Euro since it is worth the same as the £ then there will be no resistance from the voting public.
At which time of course, everything will go up in the UK just like it did when we moved from good old LSD to decimal - not that I remember that of course - my granny told me, honest!

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on December 10, 2008, 07:27:34 PM
I don't think yer far wrong on that Geoff!

Numbers can boggle the mind as well. If 2.5% is one seventh of 17.5% and one 7th is 14% of a 100 then taking one 7th off the euro now gives us around e1.06 ?

Getting closer to the pound every day.

Do you think any Governent members know something we don't and sunk their £'s into euros when it was around 1.49 in June 07?
Negg

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Erja on December 11, 2008, 08:51:58 AM
My heart sank yesterday when I saw the exhange rate :-[ My budget for next years holidays looks hardly adequate at the moment :-\

Fingers crossed that it picks up before next summer
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Geoff on December 11, 2008, 02:29:18 PM
mmmm?? I think you might have a point Negg, but if you ask a Politician you know the answer will be "Well YOU may think that, but I can't possibly comment" :-)
All I know is, I bought my plot of land in Drachmas, and wish I had been able to pay for all my house to be built then. The way things stand now I'll be lucky if I can ever afford to TOTALLY finish it - thank goodness it is at least in a liveable condition so I can retire to it if the current economic climate forces me out of work sooner than I expected.

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on December 11, 2008, 06:07:00 PM
I watched BBC news this morning.

"Pound hits all time low against Euro"
" 72p this time last year - now 87p"
" Holidaymakers hit hard"
" Talk of WHEN it becomes pound per euro? "
 
Now, is the best time ever to show your support for Arillas or indeed any of your favourite destinations. Don't let the poor exchange deter you from your holiday break!

Are we now being dictated to as to where we take our holidyas? Are there cunning plans afoot for the UK to sneak the euro in? Does it bother those MP's, some of whom who find time to doze off in the Commons, and who earn so many extra coffers each year. The exchange doesn't affect them as much - Does it?

I'm sure it will take more than this to keep all "Arillas Addicts" away from yearly dream!
I can forgive the Government for many things but.... take away my Arillas Forum freinds for next year and....,,,,. Guy Fawkes 2 may be on the horizon!

Cheers
Negg




Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sara on December 11, 2008, 06:25:24 PM
I agree Negg, frightening times indeed. I am one of those people you refer to - in the middle of a build.  When we purchased our plot in May 07 the exchange rate was 1.48. We too thought about putting the build on hold, but we could be waiting months, even years for the euro to recover & at the same time building material costs are rising, so we have decided to ' bite the bullet' & carry on with our dream. Our villa should be ready by next May [ although the dreadful weather at the moment is causing some delay ] So watch this space,  because it will be available to rent.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Corfusoon on December 11, 2008, 06:35:07 PM
£1.117 Commercial today.

OW OW OW!!!!!

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Corfusoon on December 11, 2008, 06:44:30 PM
Sorry Negg I thought it was common knowledge that this Government sold off our Gold reserves years ago to buy Euros.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article1654931.ece

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/htmlContent.jhtml?html=/archive/1999/05/08/ngol08.html

It was as lacking sense at the time as it is now. Gold is of course always a safe haven in time of crisis.

http://www.gold-prices.biz/gold-2008-here-we-go/

I didnt vote them in!

2.5% off VAT - its like trying to put a sticking plaster on a decapitated soldier!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Corfusoon on December 11, 2008, 06:58:16 PM
Brown Sold 415 tonnes around $282.40 per ounce and is today $829. Losing $546.6

So thats $80 Billion dollars of our money. Only saving grace being at the current exchange rate thats only £53457009144.

Thanks Gordon!

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on December 12, 2008, 09:31:19 AM
Sara
Not good news but, as you say, bite the bullet and plod on - if finances permit.
And Villa rental still looks the way to go. Especially with Easyjet in the game now.

Frank
Looks like you've made a lot of research on this. - Those figures - Ouch!
Maybe with the strong Euro we'll see Greeks buying land in the UK now?

Cheers
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Lisa and Steve on December 12, 2008, 09:55:02 AM
When I checked the euro rate at work the other dat it was 1.08 I couldnt believe it.Was tempted to cash in the euros that I bought for the last holiday and ope it creeps up again.At least I would have some cash for christmas.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Geoff on December 12, 2008, 10:09:42 AM
Eggy - "Maybe with the strong Euro we'll see Greeks buying land in the UK now?"
--- I trust this was sarcasm Negg.?? From what I know of the Greeks they are neither stupid or masochistic, only a complete fool with a desire to suffer would trade Corfu for the UK.
As for the Euro - TV new last night showed one Bureau de Change in the UK offering 1.01 - but there were no commission charges!!  - (now that IS sarcasm) :-)

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on December 12, 2008, 02:32:39 PM
Geoff
Me? - Sarcastic?
What I meant was that the Greeks could buy land in the UK and build. Then they could rent to those people who, sadly, can't get a mortage!
( OK yer right! )

But... and we struck a little lucky here, when we transferred some cash over in June 07 and got e1.48. I've been trying to work out how much profit we'd make if we took 3000 euros home and then changed into sterling?
I think it's something like £780, after commision? - Is that right?

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Geoff on December 12, 2008, 05:05:35 PM
Eggy - I think you are just rubbing our noses in it now. Yes, you lucky old *** you could make a fair bit if you did that. Of course, sell back rates are always worse than buy rates, so you would probably have to part with more that 1.08 Euros for each £sterling. The Post Office is quoting 1.2141 as their buy-back rate on their website today - But its commission FREE !!
But given that 3000 Euro would have cost you about £2027 at 1.48, then even if you sold back at 1.2141 that's £2471 so you would make around £444
Of course, it would be very unfair to mention "Rip-Off Britain", but isn't funny how a commission free product would actually make them £282 (their Sell Rate is 1.0898)
I think you might be best keeping it in Euros mate!

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Corfusoon on December 12, 2008, 05:39:24 PM
I'd give you 1.10 !
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: blondegirl on December 13, 2008, 12:02:25 PM
We have our own CONSPIRACY THEORY!  I always thought it would come down to almost £1 a euro soon.  Its always been expensive to go on holiday in the UK now (not much value for money) & I am sure it will be the same to go abroad soon.  We will be shipping in the sand and swimming pools in our own back gardens soon (for our usual 2 months of good UK weather if we are lucky!) if we cant afford to go abroad.:-)

The govt. keep trying to put a plaster over an old wound but don't know the cure for all the financial problems... once the initial panic has calmed down a bit I am sure it will all go mad again and the VAT will go back up higher than before, petrol will sky rocket and we will have 50p to the euro.  Aren't I a happy bunny?

The people at the tax office told Mike to cash in his private pension as he has lost so much money on it.... she said it is worse "out there" than people actually know and realise.  Not a happy time for a lot of people at the moment is it?  Quite depressing really.

I know Mike and I would rather be living in Corfu though despite the financial crisis.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: martin-w on December 13, 2008, 02:36:22 PM
Hi All!
All this financial talk is sooo depressing.
The way I look at it is 'its only money'. What are the alternatives. Sit at home, go on holiday in the U.K. and pay over the odds and get dubious weather or go 'home' to Arillas where we know we will have a good time and the weather to match! No contest!
The latest figures show that those with moderate saveings are now moving out of the U.K. to destinations abroad. Thinking of joining them myself. This mob in government or the alternatives, seem to give it all to those who have already enjoyed themselves by getting into debt both in the personal and corporate fields, leaving the prudent high and dry!
Ill get off my soap box now. At least we havent been 'euronated upon' yet! Can they adopt the euro without a vote?
Yammas,
Martin.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: angiem on December 13, 2008, 02:51:41 PM
seem to give it all to those who have already enjoyed themselves by getting into debt both in the personal and corporate fields, leaving the prudent high and dry!
 

Well Martin, we are in debt but certainly did not "enjoy ourselves" getting there and I resent the implication that it's all our own fault!! The reason is, we run a retail business and people have stopped buying. The so-called 'help' that the government are giving to small businesses is of little use to us!
I hope you enjoy your next holiday in Arillas . I suppose it's too much to ask of you to spare a thought for those of us who can barely afford to buy any Christmas presents, let alone book a holiday.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: martin-w on December 13, 2008, 04:05:39 PM
Angiem,
I did not intend to upset anyone with my comments, which I intended to be a sarcastic stab at all them in charge have been saying over the last few days. Did you see Question time this week?
I have been there, got the badge, the T shirt and the mug. I am retired on a small pension and having raised my family and put the three of them through uni without any help. Just when I thought things were improving we all have been placed in this viscious circle of declining interest rates and worry. My daughter has her own business and I know how hard she has been hit by it all.
Again, sorry to have upset you,
Martin.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: blondegirl on December 13, 2008, 05:16:12 PM
I think we are all entitled to a bit of a moan now and again.

We are in the process of sorting out finances for my mother in law recently widowed and I never knew what a minefield it is out there for benefits etc...how much one benefit relates to another etc..all based on NI payments and savings. She didnt even qualify the for £2,000 bereavement payout, her widows pension is taken into consideration I was told, they dont tell you that in the small print!   Apparently there are millions unclaimed benefits for those widowed etc but I can understand why as its so complicated and might seem a waste of time as it can take 12 weeks I am told, so what do you do in the meantime if you have no money.  So far they have all been very helpful and good but it has "opened my eyes", we are just grateful for the help they can give and have facilities to do so... but for how long. 

As Mike is self employed and has lost some big contracts at the moment our holiday bookings are on hold for that reason and also because we are looking out for mum now and cant look that far ahead yet.  Might just have to wait for a last minute and go when we can.  It wont be as cheap for us as it has been the last few years I fear.

Things never stay the same and we would be silly to think so, who knows what the next 6 months will bring.  It will probably get worse like it did before-  bulk buying loo rolls soon!  Perish the thought of stock piling loo rolls again, mind you I couldnt bear the thought of not having any!  What else was everyone stockpiling?  I remember butter (why?)

You do have to have some sense of humor in all of this.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justphil on December 13, 2008, 06:01:13 PM
I so agree BG

Quote
You do have to have some sense of humor in all of this.

Our plans have been dramatically altered by the economic situation and in particular the exchange rate. We feel so sorry for those who like Eggy said, are in the middle of building a dream in Arillas and find not only the cost of living in UK heading skywards, but also their build in Corfu. We never planned to build initially, just rent and pay for it with the rent we get on our house here. But even that looks dicey for 2009, so we sadly recognise 2010 is more likely. I have taken part time work starting January to bolster our finances. But I am the lucky one - there will always be students at College and work for me.

We will be in Arillas next year whatever it takes. At the moment 3 weeks in July looks most likely, but like this year we will grab whatever comes along. We managed six weeks this year and want to do better than that next. But at 1 pound = 1 euro, it is just a dream.

But like BG says - Jen and me will keep smiling, keep loving, and keep laughing.
Phil

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: angiem on December 13, 2008, 06:03:54 PM
Angiem,
I did not intend to upset anyone with my comments, which I intended to be a sarcastic stab at all them in charge have been saying over the last few days.  .....
Again, sorry to have upset you,
Martin.

Hi Martin,

I'm sorry too for my response.

Having spent all week in the shop with very little to show for it, it was just a knee jerk reaction!

You made some very valid comments.

Angie
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on December 13, 2008, 07:49:02 PM
The only good news here in Corfu is that the price of unleaded has dropped to around 88 cents per litre and heating oil comes in at 58 cents a litre ( 85 cents last year )

How does the petrol , around 80 pence, compare with the UK now?

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: patrickjohn on December 13, 2008, 08:13:00 PM
Hi Negg
Petrol at Tesco's (Lincoln) this week 88pence per litre with deisel at 99.9ppl.  However having spent over £50 on groceries had a voucher for 5 pence a litre off!
Much better than a few weeks ago thank goodness.
PJ
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: TONYNEW on December 13, 2008, 08:19:42 PM
Petrol at Morrisons is now 87p per litre and diesel 99.9 p per litre a big drop from a few months ago
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: TONYNEW on December 13, 2008, 08:26:32 PM
I,m not sure if this has been brought up but Gorden Browns government looks like its about to drop another bombshell,an extra £62 on your council tax if you have a tree house for kids in your garden a summerhouse conservatory or green house
WHAT NEXT !!!!
The mind boggles http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1092700/Now-treehouse-push-council-tax.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1092700/Now-treehouse-push-council-tax.html)
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: blondegirl on December 14, 2008, 01:15:30 AM
Ha! Ha!  Ha! Ha!!    I said we had to have a sense of humor!  Does a shed count!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: TONYNEW on December 14, 2008, 08:20:20 AM
It looks like sheds count BG ,whats next a tax on your garden fence lol
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Jo Wissett on December 14, 2008, 09:09:12 PM
As forumers will know, we have recently booked our flights at a brill price but know that really we cannot afford even that, never mind accomm and spends! We find that we are robbing peter to pay paul and seriously worry that it will all come crashing down! BUT...WE had a rubbish year last year with both of us being very ill and so I just thought SOD IT! They cant take it away once we have enjoyed it (my house however they can :-().

People who say that money doesn't solve everything are lying. I would like to give it a bloody good try.  At this rate we will be paying our mortgage off until we are 80!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Erja on December 14, 2008, 09:43:38 PM
You are so right Jo, you need a break from it all (every day, illness and money worries).

Keep on buying that lottery ticket, as that is the only magic wand available. I know I will :)
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: kes on December 14, 2008, 10:06:34 PM
Life is a roller coaster...Healh is No:1  ...anyhing else that comes along is a bonus!!!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Lindypops on December 14, 2008, 11:17:20 PM
You`re not wrong Kes.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: martin-w on December 16, 2008, 02:44:48 PM
Hi All,
We just have to 'hang' in there and brave the financial blast. Hope it doesn't last too long.
Just had a 'phone call from Dorita at the B.S. hotel confirming my booking for 8th. May 2009. Gone up to €100/week which is still good value considering the state of things. They are all concerned about the exchange rate too.
Blondegirl, I know what you are saying about benefits and dealing with getting what you are entitled to! When I lost my Ann, there seemed to be a maze of forms and nobody seemed to want to help! I only found out about berevement benefit some three months after, more by luck than anything else. One tip. When it comes to filling in that 'deceased tax return' form, it used to be 28 pages of absloute c..p, if you go to your local tax inspector they will usually go through it all with you and fill it in as you go. There are so many boxes that don't apply. One thing I leaned in the process is that nobody will, or seems to be able to advise you on what you can claim for. There are no leaflets or guides. It seems if you are 'signed on' as a 'job seeker' or  already recieving benefit you will get assistance, the rest of us are left to wade through it unguided!
Angiem,the end of a 'perfect' day syndrome! Hope things get better for you. Here's to a prosperous 2009!
Lets all think of Arillas, warm sunshine,good company, good food and peace for a couple of weeks! Wont make it all go away, but it helps.
Yammas,
Martin.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: patrickjohn on December 16, 2008, 05:34:33 PM
Well said Martin.  Quite agree - looking forward to sunny days in Arillas is the best medicine.
PJ
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: jen on December 17, 2008, 11:33:27 AM
Take it from someone's whose husband was made redundant at the end of April that being 'signed on' as a 'job seeker' is not a passport or magic key that automatically opens the door to a world of benefits,information,support or retraining.

I fear the way things are going many others will sadly find this out for themselves.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: harold on December 17, 2008, 08:50:34 PM
jen you must be wrong,the newspapers tell us differently.Serious now you are correct people read in the press how all these people want to be on the dole and get even free holidays,It is total rot you might get a few but the majority are everyday people who are a bit confussed by being made redundant and having to sign on.I lost my job in April 2003 through ill health and because i was waiting for another job did not clain any money for a whole year,i was lucky i had a good package and Sally was working,i did get a job at Xmas at Sainsbury's while i was waiting for my job to come up.Eveb went to Arillas for 2 weeks in the May.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: jen on December 17, 2008, 10:16:50 PM
Now Harold,as the saying goes,you shouldn't believe everything you read in the paper.
Joking apart,like you and many others Alistair took a couple of temp short term jobs until he got a permanent-well as permanent as anything can be just now-job in September.Poor guy is probably freezing airside at Edinburgh Airport as I type.I'll let him see Terry's fabulous Arillas Christmas Card when he gets home.Hopefully the pictures in the sunshine will help thaw him out.







Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on December 19, 2008, 06:40:27 PM
I've just heard from a customer of mine, in the UK, that agreed to buy a lovely plot of land, near Arillas, in September when the exchange was e1.27. Her sale has now gone through and she got e1.01. She has to wait now to build her funds for a build.

She now would love to sell a third of it to fund her build. A good opportunity for those who would like an 800/900 metre area to build a house. And a bit cheaper as it would have a shared access etc, etc.
You don't see under 1000 square metre plots for sale so this could be a good deal for someone.

Sorry to use this as a little advertising but, when you're involved in somebodies dream that starts to turn sour you must do all you can to help.
PM's only if interested and I will put you in touch with her.
____________________________________________________________________

On another note, just thought of, I wonder how the poor exchange will affect Appt owners linked with Tour Ops? If a tour op pays an appt owner a set fee for all rooms for the season surely this means they are now paying more euros? I'm not a financial wizard but if 77p bought 1 euro and now 98p buys 1 euro will Tour Ops put pressure on these owners to take less as they are paying more?
Will hoilday prices increase yet again. - The mind boggles.
Stay Well All
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Geoffrey with a "G" on December 20, 2008, 11:22:05 AM
Quote
If a tour op pays an appt owner a set fee for all rooms for the season
                                                               
would think fees are agreed in euros Eggy
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on December 20, 2008, 02:58:47 PM
Quite right Geoffrey, but if they negotiate a figure of, for example 3000 euros don't they still have to exchange the pounds to pay that?

Does that mean that prices will increase or they try and negotiate for a better deal?

Cheers
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Geoffrey with a "G" on December 20, 2008, 07:24:18 PM
probably does mean that the holiday companies offer less for new contracts, but they often do that anyway, unfortunately for our friends over there.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: TONYNEW on December 23, 2008, 10:25:29 AM
Hi Folks heres a code for Thomson Hols if you spend over £750 the code is 2996 and you save £100 it works as i tried it yesterday,it is valid until 26/12/08
                   Tony
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on December 30, 2008, 12:38:59 PM
Well the rate has dropped to a very worrying 0.99 now. It' been on the news and in papers as you probably know, holidaymakers will be looking at going to Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia etc next year to try and beat this.

riggers.....
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Lindypops on December 30, 2008, 01:15:41 PM
True enough riggers. Went to Turkey once!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on December 30, 2008, 07:53:45 PM
Me too Lindy but never again. Nor to any of the other Countries. Ah well we will have to hope this rate goes up. Already booked for Arillas twice next year. :)


riggers...............
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sandy x on December 30, 2008, 08:58:31 PM
Surely the euro has to drop in value at some point? After all, there is a recession all over Europe as well as in the UK....but I'm no economist. Just an eternal optimist.....
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Erja on December 31, 2008, 08:24:05 AM
Surely the euro has to drop in value at some point? After all, there is a recession all over Europe as well as in the UK....but I'm no economist. Just an eternal optimist.....

I'm with you Sandy! As anything what goes up must come down.  It probably wont be drastically in 2009 though. I am sure it will go up a little in May but we just have to wait and see. Fingers crossed :)

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: kes on December 31, 2008, 02:04:14 PM
seems its all to do with the US dollar...most investments were in $`s and as the dollar has took a pounding so the Euro is where the worlds investors are putting the money...unless the dollar recovers then its bad news all round.....
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justphil on December 31, 2008, 05:11:15 PM
kes, I believe you have it. The monied people are putting their faith in Europe as a whole and leaving the US dollar for the euro. I was wrong - we should have joined long ago.

The complete disaster for us will be if the UK joins at 1 euro = 1 pound. We will stay poor for the rest of our lives. It would destroy our Arillas plans (dreams now?)

Like our Sandy - we hope for better and are eternal optimists.
Phil


Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sandy x on January 07, 2009, 12:50:41 PM
The £ had gone up a bit by last night.....1.10. let's hope this is the start of an improvement.....
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: angiem on January 07, 2009, 01:27:58 PM
The £ had gone up a bit by last night.....1.10. let's hope this is the start of an improvement.....

Whahoo - £ going up, Easyjet flights from Manchester - 'turning out to be not a bad day after all!!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on January 11, 2009, 11:18:44 AM

Maybe with the strong Euro we'll see Greeks buying land in the UK now?


I'm sure Geoffrey ( wivva G ) remembers this tongue in cheek comment. But I recently read, and saw on Sky , reports that the low interest rate and falling property prices are attracting overseas buyers to the UK.
Maybe that added to climate changes means that England could be the place to own a holiday home in 20 + years time? - ( Tongue in cheek again Geoffrey )

( I think it's still around e1.10 today? )

Cheers
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Corfusoon on January 11, 2009, 11:47:17 AM
I think the general perception in the City is that The Euro overshot a little and this is a correction. However some of the pundits are saying that we can expect 90 cents to the pound in years to come.

At the moment our interest rates are still higher than the states so people are still converting to Sterling to bank here.

I dont ever remember feeling to gloomy/scared for the future of our economy.

Im glad we bought our flights for the start of the season so nomatter we are coming out this year. We found Easyjet flights from Bristol in October for about £70 return but in honesty I havent got the heart to book them at the moment. Going to have to wait and see.

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Geoffrey with a "G" on January 12, 2009, 07:47:37 PM
Quote
Maybe with the strong Euro we'll see Greeks buying land in the UK now?


I'm sure Geoffrey ( wivva G ) remembers this tongue in cheek comment.

Eggy -  your quote was from "Geoff", yes, wivva G, but not "Geoffrey with a `G`", this topic is far too advanced for me!
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on January 12, 2009, 10:16:25 PM
BIG APOLOGIES Geoffrey , wivva G.

Cheers Negg.

ps - Wanna buy a house in the West Country?
( Any sensible offer , in EUROS, considered )
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Geoff on January 13, 2009, 10:20:38 AM
Guilty (thats wiv a G as well) It was this Geoffrey that made the comment - but I log in as Geoff as only my Mother calls me Geoffrey when I have been a very naught boy!
I can't believe that was for real though Eggy - unless of course it is simply property investors who are buying now while prices are low, with a view to selling when prices go up again, which they surely will, but my guess would be that it will take several years to turn a profit on such an investment. As for holiday homes in the UK - good luck to you if that's the kind of masochist you are - me? I'm staying with Corfu!!
£/€ at 1.1068 at 08.14GMT - to get latest trading figure take a look at http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/fds/hi/business/market_data/ticker/markets/11/13/default.stm


Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on January 13, 2009, 11:51:56 AM
Hi Geoff

We keep an eye on this one as well.

(http://www.foremostcurrencygroup.co.uk/Converter/Popup.aspx)

Cheers from a very wet Corfu morning and temps at 9 deg.

Time to go off for an Ouzo. I remember when it cost me £1.60 in June. Now it's £1.83.
Good job they give us very large measures though and after the third the price doesn't seem to matter at all.

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Nan on January 13, 2009, 06:45:22 PM
You'll have me crying in my 99p per pint in Weatherspoons next Eggy!!  Ouzo doesn't taste the same in minus weather temperatures so it's stones ginger wine and a drop of whisky for me.

I might have a ten euro note hanging about from last August if you are open to offers on the house? Anywhere near North Devon? Woolacombe in particular and I could be tempted to up the offer:)

Have a good night at the darts

Cheers Nan x
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on January 13, 2009, 08:28:38 PM
I have a 50 euro note left what i got when the rate was a whopping 1.26 in Arillas. I wonder how much i will be better off.

riggers..........
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Corfusoon on January 13, 2009, 11:36:26 PM
I found 70 euros in a pot at the weekend left over from our last visit.

When I was thinking of it as £45 that was acceptable now I am thinking of 70 quid! I want to change it.

Bet theres nothing left over next visit.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: babs on January 17, 2009, 07:51:55 PM
do anyone know what the exchange rate is now in corfu
thanks you
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on January 18, 2009, 10:57:49 AM
Babs

Generally it's about the same as the bank rate and not the tourist rate which, I think, keeps it 1or 2 points ahead.

Next time I'm in the Bank I'll have a look.

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: briant on February 13, 2009, 12:56:15 PM
have just ordered euros for april delivery.will be getting a rate of 1.1406 cmmission & delivery free from tms.not to bad considering i got 1.24 last year in may.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Erja on February 13, 2009, 04:13:19 PM
I just checked Travelex and the are offering depressing: 1 Pound = 1.078 Euros :(

http://www.travelex.co.uk/
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on February 13, 2009, 05:43:00 PM
All i can find at the moment is depressing rates too :(


riggers..........
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: vivian on February 13, 2009, 06:39:04 PM
Just been to pay the balance for Oct and the currancy exchange girl reckon's it's going to get worse right up to the back end of 2009. Viv
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: TerryW on February 13, 2009, 10:33:47 PM
I am off working from at the moment due to a hernia operation, but I did receive this information and it is from a reliable source.

"HSBC Treasury, seem to be as much in flux as we are as regards the rate, the comments though are:
 
a) US Dollar - They see this in quarter 2 being at a rate of about 1.58, going to 1.61 for quarters 3 and 4.
 
b) Euro - They can see some strengthening of the pound, but are giving a figure of about 1.10, but if rises above 1.15 consistently , they can see it rising to 1.20."


I hope the above is true but no matter what the exchange rate is in July, we will still have a wonderful holiday in Arillas.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Lindypops on February 14, 2009, 10:03:56 PM
Best wishes for a good recovery.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Lindypops on February 14, 2009, 10:05:00 PM
Best wishes for a good recovery.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sandy x on February 14, 2009, 10:08:21 PM
Lindypops....do you mean TerryW .....or the £?
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on February 14, 2009, 10:13:40 PM
Ha ha she means the £ of course. I am only joking Terry.


riggers...........
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Jo Wissett on February 14, 2009, 10:16:27 PM
he he
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: SteveS on April 12, 2009, 12:26:20 PM
We are off to Arillas in 4wks can any one tell us with the Euro as it is will it be better to exchange in Arillas or do it in uk
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on April 12, 2009, 02:27:59 PM
Steve

The exchange in Arillas is always better than in th UK. Something like .03 last year
( eg - e1.070 in UK then e1.073 in Arillas )

It makes a difference if you can get UK commission free T/c's or bring cash.
But if you have to pay a UK commission then an Arillas commision you break about even.

Most of us like to give the trade locally and it's fun "playing the market" when here as you can change if it increases a bit more than it was when you left the UK.

And.... there is always a Nationwide account as a back up. There's a "hole in wal" in Arillas where you can use this, and other cards. No commison paid with Nationwide and, I think, a better exchange than the UK.

Hope that all makes sense.
Cheers
Negg


Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: briant on April 12, 2009, 03:48:09 PM
As I advised Forum Members some weeks ago ,a rate of 1.1408 was available commission and delivery free from TMS provided amount was £500 sterling.I have just recieved delivery but  will be using them in Can Picafort in June as Belfast is priced out of the Corfu market at the moment.I,m sure that sometime in the future things will even out and we,ll be back in Arillas.In the meantime for those of you still able to make the journey havea great time Hasta La Vista Briant
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: SteveS on April 12, 2009, 09:30:57 PM
Thanks all for the reply third time in Arillas but never exchanged when over there so was unsure with the way the Euro is

Thanks again
Steve
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Dave n Anne on April 12, 2009, 10:43:14 PM
Hi all

I have used crowncuurencyexchange this year and have got 1.1325 for delivery in june . Delivery and commision free and there bottom limit for excange is £300 .

Yammas

Dave n Anne
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on April 12, 2009, 10:52:13 PM
ARGGGGHHHHHHH. Wish i had known about these before. I have got some and got a misely 1.02. Now i know for the next batch.  Cheers...........



riggers..........
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sandy x on April 12, 2009, 11:05:17 PM
Dave n Anne....that sounds really good....
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: riggers on April 12, 2009, 11:09:30 PM
Yep just had a nosy on the website, will be ordering some.......  :)



riggers........
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: kes on April 13, 2009, 01:00:26 AM
Nationwide Foreign Transactions
Nationwide continues to offer commission-free foreign transactions. By commission-free we mean not adding any additional charge for the service of exchanging currency that generates profit for the Society.

When you use a Nationwide Visa debit card or credit card to make a transaction in certain currencies other than sterling, Visa charge a fee for each transaction and Nationwide currently pays that fee on your behalf.

We will start to pass this fee onto you from 6 May 2009 on credit card and from 1 June 2009 on debit card and it will be included in the sterling amount shown on your statement.

The fee is currently 0.84%. From 1 July 2009 this fee will increase to 1%.

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on April 13, 2009, 02:06:50 PM
We changed some sterling in Alpha Bank at Acharavi this morning and got e1.094 less their 1% commission.

Crown Currency exchange's offer of e1.32 is, in my opinion, a good sign that the euro could be around that figure in June.
( Although it would be a major leap in a short space of time )
Cheers
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Dave n Anne on April 14, 2009, 06:22:52 PM
Hi Eggy , and all

It would be nice for it to be e1.32 but I only got e1.1325 but will keep hoping . Have you been at the ouzo again mate , they say it effects your eyes lol

Yammas

Dave
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sara on April 14, 2009, 06:50:59 PM
Eggy, are we a little concussed or just too many ouzos ?
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the exchange rate really was 1.32. It has climbed a little today though.

Sara

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on April 14, 2009, 06:59:02 PM
Do you knowwwww , Dave n Anne n Sara , I thought it was high and checked on the website immediately after. It was e1.12 then.
Thought it was a mis-type> Now I know it was my eyes!
Anyway - Always hoping.

Anyone want a lift in Peugeot! - Now , where did that road vanish to?

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Dave n Anne on April 14, 2009, 11:46:48 PM
Pug , what pug

Dave
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justphil on April 15, 2009, 12:29:51 AM
Eggy mate, keep dreaming like we are. If the rate gets back up there for any length of time we will ressurect our plans for long term.

So glad only the pug got damaged. The rest can all take its course....

Phil and Jen
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: TerryW on April 15, 2009, 02:59:17 PM
Its looking good, and its a nice steady climb as well, just hope it carries on going up ....

(http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/fds/hi/business/market_data/currency/11/13/img/208+GBP_EUR+bbc-big_thick-line+one_month.png)

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: kes on April 15, 2009, 03:52:23 PM
That graph looks like the walk to Afiones?
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on April 15, 2009, 04:41:29 PM
That graph looks to me like the skid marks my Pug left the other day.

( Maybe e1.20 in June could be possible? )

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: keith(geezer) on April 15, 2009, 10:49:19 PM
it was 109 in sunny south wale today forget the sunny bit lol
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Paul D on May 05, 2009, 03:39:44 PM
Hi, Eggy.  Hope you can help out-  Any news on the rates your end? Not sure to stock up here or there.  If there`s not much in it we`ll  exchange here.

      Yammas  Paul D

  Ps   If anyone has got a good rate, let me know.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: martin-w on May 05, 2009, 05:48:59 PM
Hi Paul,
Got a good rate in Thomson Travel shop with a guaranteed 'buy back' much better than Barclays and equal to the post office. The rate does change day to day though. I was told mid week is best with them.
Yammas,
Martin.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sandy x on May 05, 2009, 08:20:55 PM
There seem to be 2 threads running on this at the moment......I got 1.127 at the Arillas ATM last week with no charges.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: patrickjohn on May 05, 2009, 09:02:08 PM
A forum member recommended TMS a little while ago and have been keeping an eye on their rates.  Today they are offering around €1.12 to €1.14 for £300 or more for delivery 31 days hence.
Am thinking of using them myself since the local Post Office is only offering €1.04.
Their web site is at
http://www.travelmoneyservices.co.uk/content/euros.asp
Pat
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: TerryW on June 11, 2009, 01:51:04 PM
Its going up.

Now, shall I wait another week or buy now? I can get €1.1476 today but looking at the graph on BBC it could be over €1.15 next week. Decisions decisions

(http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/fds/hi/business/market_data/currency/11/13/img/208+GBP_EUR+bbc-big_thick-line+one_month.png)

Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eileen on June 11, 2009, 02:12:07 PM
Wow, great chart Terry.  Please keep it running until you leave.

Eileenxxx
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: GaryS on June 11, 2009, 03:18:54 PM
1.1758 as I type, best its been since 2008. It keeps having dips, but the gains seem to wipe these out each time. Its good all round, as the better deal you get in the resort the more you eat and drink.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Mango on June 11, 2009, 04:11:50 PM
gazcaz

where abouts is this rate, in Arillas?

Amanda
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: GaryS on June 11, 2009, 04:28:23 PM
Sorry Amanda, thats the official rate on the BBC website, under business and market data. Im not lucky enough to be in Arillas at the moment, but found last year that the lovely guy at the Marina Hotel gave a great rate, or was it because he was so pleasant? I find whatever the official rate is in the UK the rate in the resort is closer than any highstreet trader in the UK.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Mango on June 11, 2009, 04:43:30 PM
thanks Gazcaz, will be getting my euros next week choose wot the exchange rate is. LOL.

Amanda
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: TONYNEW on June 11, 2009, 08:57:15 PM
If You order online today for August you can get e1.1825 to the£ 1.00
Heres the link if anyone wants to order
http://www.crowncurrencyexchange.com/ (http://www.crowncurrencyexchange.com/)
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: GaryS on June 12, 2009, 02:21:21 AM
I think things are on the up, might watch it a couple of weeks and see if it can break the 1.20 mark.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justphil on June 12, 2009, 02:48:07 AM
We will wait and see till the last minute. Gaz, we think it's on the up too. The world has realised Gordon Brown can't get any worse...

Politics aside, the collapse of Sterling has destroyed our plans so far. We should have been living in NW Corfu by now. We will as soon as we can. Somehow, we belong there.

Phil
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: isobel on June 12, 2009, 11:24:11 AM
yes phil i know the feling we to want to be living there but it will happen hopefully this summer
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: GaryS on June 12, 2009, 03:07:43 PM
Phil/Isobel

Living there, how cool. Will that be a year round thing or will either of you want to keep a bolt-hole in the UK for the winter or simply a break from paradise now and then. Its something I guess many people dream of in this forum and as dreams go sounds pretty damn good.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sara on June 12, 2009, 04:06:17 PM
*%$@*%@%*  We've just paid our last instalment on the villa & now the exchange rate is going up, up, up - we could have saved thousands.  I'm not complaining though, it's great to see it rising. Just wish I'd had a crystal ball a couple of months ago.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: GaryS on June 12, 2009, 04:10:46 PM
Sara, do you need a gardener? :-)
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: tonynglenda on June 12, 2009, 06:01:56 PM
olgas yesterday we got 1.12 commission free
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sara on June 13, 2009, 02:26:09 PM
GazCaz, are you winding me up or are you being serious??? Those that know me, know the problems we had with the garden, but to answer your question - we alraedy have a gardener, but thank you.

Sara
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on June 13, 2009, 05:54:06 PM
e1.15 today in Arillas.

( I was told it nearly hit e 1.17 yesterday )

Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: GaryS on June 14, 2009, 01:42:27 PM
Hi Sara

No, I had not a clue about your trouble with gardeners, just wanted an excuse to be in Arillas.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: PaulnGina on June 19, 2009, 10:28:30 PM
glad to hear the rate is going up at last what about the price of things out there are they still reasonable
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Erja on June 20, 2009, 08:35:24 AM
The rate is definetly going up here as well! I just checked in Travelex and they sell at 1.13 :)

http://www.travelex.co.uk/uk/
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on June 20, 2009, 08:55:08 AM
Yesterday it was e1.17.
Cheers
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: GaryS on June 20, 2009, 01:12:47 PM
I hear the SeaBreeze is doing large Ionian beers for a Euro fifty, anyone confirm this?
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on June 21, 2009, 12:08:19 AM
Gaz

A large bottle of Ionian Pilsner, in a large Corfu Town supermarket cost me e 1,35.

If Sea Breeze can sell that on for e1.50 then that's pretty good marketing.

Interesting to hear any feedback on this - As you are.

Take it easy
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justphil on June 21, 2009, 12:26:34 AM
Ha Ha Neill and Gaz - Jen and me just talked about spending all of our two weeks just drinking cheap beer at Sea Breeze. Don't tell erja about it...

Phil
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Erja on June 21, 2009, 09:58:43 AM
Ha Ha Neill and Gaz - Jen and me just talked about spending all of our two weeks just drinking cheap beer at Sea Breeze. Don't tell erja about it...

HA! You have been rumbled Phil! :D
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: TONYNEW on June 21, 2009, 11:52:49 AM
Hi GazCaz we were paying 1.50 euro's for Mythos last year at the Sea Breeze just hope i can find somewhere in Alykes selling it for that price
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Eggy on June 21, 2009, 12:19:30 PM
Euro still hovering around 1.164 today.

Will it do that magical e1.20 soon?

Amazing we're hoping for that now. Last year it would have been totally unacceptable.
Times change and we go with the flow I 'spose.
Negg
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: GaryS on June 21, 2009, 02:19:18 PM
I believe its a special as part of the relaunch of the place. How long it lasts I don't know, but it was on up to the end of last week.Worth a look in the current cash strapped times me thinks.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: MicK-G on June 22, 2009, 11:05:33 PM
The best that I managed to get when we were there in May was 1.13. It's 1.15 in Lichfield today so hopefully it'll reach the 1.2 mark for August when we come back.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: harold on June 24, 2009, 11:27:45 AM
dont know about the price of the Ionian beers,but Amstel ranged from 3euros 50 up to 5 euros depending where you went.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: harold on June 24, 2009, 11:28:32 AM
sorry that was in May,forgot to put that up.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: tonynglenda on June 24, 2009, 07:57:30 PM
harold where were you drinking? 2 weeks ago in the nut the price of a large mythos was 3 euros and two at happy hour (8 till 10)
the royal ionian at sea breeze was 1.50 for a large draught.In fact the prices for draught beer have not gone up for the last 2 years.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: harold on June 27, 2009, 03:02:53 PM
mostly Amstel,we would go to the horizon for one before dinner in an evening very pleasant indeed.
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: Sandy x on June 27, 2009, 05:08:12 PM
The good news when I got back to the UK this time is that I am still not being charged for cash withdrawals on the Nationwide card....I had heard they were due to start charging form 1st June. Unlike HSBC who charge £5 a time.....
Title: Re: exchange rate
Post by: justphil on June 27, 2009, 07:11:23 PM
We have our fingers crossed Sandy luvver - will report back if it is any different from 7th July...

love from both of us (and the hair)
Phil