Many years ago the only way you could send money overseas was by telegraphic transfer and even with e-banking it was a convoluted process involving scary things like SWIFT codes. It was also expensive as each transaction cost about $20. Today I’ve discovered a cheaper and easier way using the Paypal ‘Send Money’ feature.
I love sharing information so I thought I’d do a step-by-step tutorial for anyone else not familiar with the process. And if you are one of those wonderful people who would like to donate to the Pennant Park Project that I posted about yesterday, then this is for you as well!
[Note : the following presumes that you have a Paypal account already. If your recipient doesn’t have an account they will be prompted to open one so they can receive the funds.]
Step 2 Click on the Send Money tab next to ‘My Account’.
Step 3 Enter the email address of the person you wish to send money to.
Step 4 Enter the amount you wish to send.
Step 5 Click on the small arrow next to the currency box and scroll down until you find the currency you wish to use. [I use Australian dollars so I don’t have to mess around with currency converters. This way Paypal will do the conversion for me.]
Step 6 Near the bottom of the window you will see two tabs : Purchase and Personal. Click on the Personal tab.
Step 7 Click on whichever Personal option you prefer. I chose ‘Other’.
Step 8 Click the orange Continue button.
One last window to complete and you’re done!
Step 9 Type ‘Pennant Park‘ in the subject line.
This is very important as it will tell your recipient what the funds are for. If you leave the subject line blank your money/donation will still reach your recipient but they may have a hard time knowing it has arrived and there’s nothing worse than having to go through a bank statement line by line.
Add a message if you wish.
Step 10 Click the ‘Send Money‘ button and that’s it, easy peasy!
So next time you want to send someone a gift or to make a donation to a worthy cause all you will need is Paypal and the email address of the recipient. It really couldn’t be any easier. 😀