Hey y’all, not a long post because I’m still on the work travel thing. Did I mention I’m in another country this time? Uh, I am. In case you are wondering, it is a lot of fun. 🙂
I decided to try something pretty novel for me: instead of controlling my spending with a cash draw, I decided to exclusively use a credit card here. I had to apply for a new one, because my existing cards had foreign transaction fees on them, and it occurred to me that instead of doing what I usually do (take out cash in currency of foreign country; spend it all; take out more cash; spend all of THAT) I could try something new, the idea being not to end up with either overspending to get rid of extra foreign currency or having to bring home currency I can’t spend and then wait four or five years til I’m back in the correct country.
It’s working quite well so far! I’ve been able to swipe for everything except a tip for the washroom attendant yesterday (I felt really bad about this, but I apologized to her and said I just didn’t have any currency — it’s now occurring to me as I type that I probably could have left her a U.S. dollar and she’d have figured out something to do with it. Oh well.) And I think it may even have been preventing me from over-doing it on spending. I’ve bought a few gifts for family members, and food, but other than that just a cheap theater ticket; when I have to pull out my card I have to think about entering the transaction into YNAB, instead of just handing over random amounts of cash from my wallet. So far so good anyway!