chessie Posted May 8, 2022 Share Posted May 8, 2022 I take out cash from the ATMs from time to time; usually fairly large amount and then use as needed. But it sometimes feels 'awkward' handing over a 50 euro note for a fairly small purchase. Last week I used an express automaated check-out in our local supermarket - first time here in France. Didn't use before now because I thought one needed one of the supermarkets' loyalty cards. Or credit card - but silly to use UK credit card for small purchases. I have discovered that I was wrong (unheard of !!). I needed a tube of toothpaste and a toothbrush - and there were long queues at checkout. Went to customer services trying to 'jump the queue' in an attempt to pay for items at that counter. No luck - was told to use express check-out. So thought I'd go and look. Worked out what to do, with help from assistant, and paid for 2 small items costing just over 10 euros, put in my 50 euro note - and received in change - several small denomination notes - and cash....... Bingo - I've discovered how to get large notes exchanged, how to have several 2 euro coins (for tips for delivery drivers etc) - all very easy. Cross with myself for not thinking of this - or trying - before now. Don't like express checkouts, prefer to have a bit of a chat with real person at the till - but if I need large notes changing in future - then will remember this 'trick'. Chessie Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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