Money Where You Want It

by Dual Income No Kids on April 25, 2008 · 0 comments

I know this post may not relate to those who live within the comfort of their nearby banking institute, but a challenge that I’ve been facing overseas has to do with liquid cash.

Back in January I took a business trip to Southeast Asia and had to front money for my trip, since getting an advance in cash wouldn’t help to pay for things on my credit card. In the end I couldn’t get funds wired from Afghanistan, as my bank denied transactions from overseas. This meant that my expense report had to go to the states and ended up taking six weeks to process; rather than the stated two day reimbursement that our policy manual in Kabul claims.

I’ve just finally resolved that situation and am now faced with another. Now I’ll be getting reimbursed in the field for $1,000, and I don’t have a way to get that cash to my bank account to pay bills. Cash sitting in Kabul only has so much value. If I wanted to get the funds wired it would take another month to process, not resolving the situation either.

One solution would be to western union the funds. But either way I basically get screwed with fees.

I guess the moral of the story is to be thankful to have some of the banking resources that make life a bit easier living in the states.

For me I just have to learn to adjust to the inconveniences that arise with financial management from Kabul. All things considered, I think that it could be much harder. The internet does allow me to continue to manage my finances, challenges or otherwise.

Be thankful for your blessings and learn to go with the challenges you come across. They too shall pass.



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