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Old 08-24-2009, 10:55 PM   #1
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Question for those Canadians who shop in the USA. Does Canadian Interac cards work in the USA.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:02 PM   #2
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We have used our card in Michigan at Wal-Mart but don't know if it's all over.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:13 PM   #4
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Chas, seems 'ya payz yo money, ya takes yo chances' for Interac usage in the U.S.
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Chas, seems 'ya payz yo money, ya takes yo chances' for Interac usage in the U.S.
Now what does that mean in English.
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Interac has worked whenever we've needed it in the U.S. Incidentally, the best exchange rate to get U.S> cash is through your ATM card. AT least, that's how it was explained to me by a friend who travels a lot.
Good luck with your trip.
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Interac has worked whenever we've needed it in the U.S. Incidentally, the best exchange rate to get U.S> cash is through your ATM card. AT least, that's how it was explained to me by a friend who travels a lot.
Good luck with your trip.
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Yep, we have used ours all throughout the US and Mexico with no troubles so far.
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We travel with US cash, Interac and credit cards. One way or another we've been able to make do. Interac is accepted at most places.

Be forwarned about using credit cards at self serve gas stations. They want you to key in your ZIP code, and there ain't no letters on the keypad. You have to go inside, buy a preset amount then go out and pump. The confusion arises from the converting liters to US Gallons, the dollar and gas prices. For some reason, you can't just say that you want to fill your tank unless it is a full serve station.
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**For some reason, you can't just say that you want to fill your tank unless it is a full serve station.**

Roy, it isn't just our Northern Neighbors who deal with this absurdity.. we do too. If you have to go IN, they generally seem to need to set for a specific dollar amount - and I recall having a discussion... well what if it doesn't TAKE that much? Then, I believe, they charge your card for the full amount and issue a credit for the change. What a pain in the arse. AND if you use credit, there is generally a 5-10 cent per gallon surcharge for the gas, BUT if you use a debit card, there can be a 45 cent "processing fee" or "convenience fee" - which on 20 gallons is just a couple of pennies a gallon. What a pain.

If you can, use the debit card, and pay at the pump - they DO nick you the 45 cents, but it is the cheapest route.

PLEASE tell me that the insanity has not crept North... we will be visiting Canada either summer of 2010 or 2011 FOR SURE, and I look forward to a great visit.
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There is some good info coming on this thread. When Marie and I head south this winter, we do not want to carry a bunch of cash, but we want to make sure we are not stuck also. In Canada in the places I have been too this past year, we have had no problems. In BC you have to prepay or use CC at the pump, this also applies at a few places in Alberta. When I had to prepay I had wife hold CC in the Gas Station, till I filled up. I never had to give a certain amount of fuel i was buying.
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Be sure to read this article from MSN Money:
Hosed at the gas pump -- by your debit card. This is what it's preferable to pay "inside" rather than at the pump. If you purchase fuel several times in one day, your account may take a pretty good size hit (frozen assets).
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You need to:

1) Shop at WalMart and purchase a Walmart cash card. You can use it immediarely and add cash anytime you meed simply by going to a WalMart cashier.
2) Go to WalMart (Murphy Oil) gas station. You can find their POIs on the internet.
3) Fill up you tank and use the cash card.
4) Get $0.03 (US) discount per gallon.

They don't charge extra for the cash card and I have found them to have the lowest gas prices in town, even before the discount.

You heard it here first!
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Be sure to read this article from MSN Money:
Hosed at the gas pump -- by your debit card. This is what it's preferable to pay "inside" rather than at the pump. If you purchase fuel several times in one day, your account may take a pretty good size hit (frozen assets).
Good article Donna D.
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