Ugh, this trip is costing me lots of cash. AND when I got to my weekend job today, no pay check as I had hoped. I had hoped for another partial paycheck, but the trainer is off this weekend and as told earlier, new checks will be cut next week. It's times like this I wish for direct deposit for this job. I made the offer to bring over to the UK some treats and clothes for my friends. Last time they did not take me up on the offer, this time they did. I have laid out about $300, of which I'll get back $280 (I bought two tee-shirts as gifts).
Clothes are much less expensive here in the US than they are in the UK. Like half the price. I've picked up jeans, sweatshirts, a fleece jacket, and some shoes. I've figured out the exchange rate and I'll get paid in Sterling when I'm "across the pond". It's just a little shocking to see the money depart my account NOW. I will use that money as my pocket cash. The upside is I'll be given cash and I won't have to pay that overseas transaction fee of 3% when I take money out of the ATM.
I went to my bank to "buy" some Sterling and found out they no longer sell or buy non US dollars. They directed me to the local Bank of America. I figured out that it will be cheaper for me to just go to the currency exchange booth at the airport and get some Sterling to get me started. BoA has some sort of a ridiculous fee that is more than the exchange booth (or at least what the exchange booth web site has printed).