No, the adventure really starts and ends at the cashier. Here is an example of a typical exchange with a cashier in Argentina while buying veggies:
Cashier: That will be $16.37
Me: OK. Here is a $20.
Cashier: Um...do you have $.40?
Me: No, sorry.
Cashier: How about $2?
Me: Let me check...nope.
Cashier: Well I don't have any change. Can I give you an extra tomato for the difference in change?
You read correct. Sometimes instead of change...as in coins, you will get a variety of things. Here are all of the things that I have been given instead of change:
- Red Pepper
- Cones for ice cream
- No change at all
DenominationObverse Reverse1 centavo5 centavos10 centavos25 centavos50 centavos1 peso
Below are the paper currency in Argentina. To me, the $100 is like the twenty dollar bill in the U.S. It is what you whip out the most.
Remember kids, the exchange rate for one U.S. dollar is almost four Argentine pesos, so whipping out a $100 bill is not a big deal. Now later I will post a Blog on what you can buy for the equivalent of $1 U.S.
For now I keep savings my coins, for tomorrow I will bring a smile and joy to an unsuspecting cashier!