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Old 09-21-2008
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USAA we have a checking account with USAA it is supposed to allow world wide debit card use. We haven't tried using it outside of the USA yet. Anyone with experience with USAA???
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Moonsailer...what names other than USAA are on the back of the debit card?
Pulse, Star, Cirrus etc. are the multinational firms that allow you to cash in on ATM's all over. You should be just fine...though you might want to carry another CREDIT card for the rare circumstance where some country/town bank does not support it.
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We use our daughter to handle mail and any legal issues that may come up. She also has power of attorney to buy, sell or trade any of our assets in an emergency and take care of tax stuff. She also manages our real estate rentals.

We use Visa for money. If we make any we pay it into Visa. If we spend any we take it out of Visa. We usually run with a credit balance because then, as long as you're in credit and the purchase you're making doesn't exceed it, no "authority codes" are required. We can transfer funds in and out on-line.

Finally, we have an Iridium phone and a direct line to our bank manager in NZ and a combination of the three above has always been satisfactory.


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