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Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!): Have Any French Francs Lying Around?

Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!)

My goal here is to make your life easier, especially those who are in the unique situation of being a military spouse. Yes...I've been around...but in a good way...and hopefully can share those tips, tricks and shortcuts with you too. I've been on this military bus for over 40 years now. My goals in life are to have a well-run home, few money worries, well adjusted children, money socked away and whatever happiness I can scoop out of life.

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After life as an Army brat, being in the Army myself and marrying a soldier, I can honestly say I have a bucket full of life lessons I can share to help you make your everyday life easier and enlightening. Don't waste your time making unnecessary mistakes and benefit from others who have come before you on your journey through life.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Have Any French Francs Lying Around?

With all our military travels, we tend to have money from each of our visited countries lying around the house. At first, we collected the stuff...saying it was for our kids to enjoy. Well, now they have a huge jar of money...bills with Saddaam Hussein's mug to animals and scenery and other folks we have no clue who they are. Enough is enough. So, I started wondering...I wonder if any of this old money is worth anything now. Boy was I pleasantly surprised.

If you've still got French Francs, the Bank of France is still able to exchange those Francs for Euros til the year 2012. Since we are heading back to Germany soon, this was perfect timing. The exchange rate is something like four to one, so our 900 Franc will turn up some nice spending change.

Be sure to send your French Francs registered mail (so you can track it), to the address below. The best price to send something registered is through the USPS via Express Mail International. It'll cost you $25, so you have to be committed and have a large number of bills to make it worthwhile. In hindsight, we should've probably kept the darn things til we actually got over there! Anyway, they are only exchanging bills, so no coins. Be creative. If you have a lot of coins and have determined they have no collector value, turn them into jewelry, or even a key chain.

Here's the address:

Banque de France
Caisse Générale, Service 18
10 Boulevard Duclaux
63407 Chamalières Cedex - France

Good luck with it and let me know how it goes. Even if you don't plan to go over to Europe, your bank here in the US can exchange those Euros into US Dollars.

Update 3/28/08:

I got a registered letter in the mail today from the Bank of France. They typed up a nice little letter in French and English, showed me what the exchange rate was and stapled brand new crisp Euros to my letter. So, yes it does work, and yes, it was worth it!

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5 Comments:

Blogger Patrick said...

I've got a 50 Franc note, but I don't think it will be worth the hassle of trying to exchange it. Although, at 4 to 1, would give me over $15 after I exchanged the Euros to Dollars.

I wish I would have known about this when my wife and I took our honeymoon to Europe last fall... we were in France! :)

February 20, 2008 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger ****Veteran Military Wife at Life Lessons of a Military Wife**** said...

Darn it...don't you hate when something like that happens after the fact?! I would say, do something creative with that 50 Note piece...or you never know, maybe you'll get back over there before the deadline!

February 20, 2008 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

or....you can hang onto those Euro, send them to friends who live in Germany, and have them send you authentic German eis shocko, kindereggs, and other assorted sundries that can't be found, even on euromarkets online...LOL!

February 20, 2008 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Scully's Moulder said...

Hello there!



Glad you like my rantings!. There was a Technocrati Feed button on the side bar, but I added another RSS feed drop down things because I couldn't find it when I was looking for it. hehe Thanks for the e-mail and pointing this out to me.



Best of luck,



Scully's Moulder

February 21, 2008 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Scully's Moulder said...

Hello again!

I'm not sure what the previous issue was, but it was my mistake for not "testing" the feed link after I put it in there. There is now a Feedburner.com link toward the top of the side bar on the right that works. Thanks again. :making note to pick your brain for technical stuff:

February 22, 2008 at 3:27 AM  

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