My wife and I have family living abroad and in the province.
Every now and then, we remit money to our loved ones as gifts or for urgent matters.
It has been through experience that we’ve learned that sometimes the most common method is not always the easiest method.
It’s true. Take remittance for example. Whenever you think “money”, the word “bank” always comes in tow. It’s a common association.
While it’s true that we entrust banks in the safekeeping of our hard-earned savings, it doesn’t immediately follow that all other bank services, though safe, are the easiest and most hassle-free.
Just after the holiday season, countless post-holiday SALES have been happening abroad. And I figured it would be great to purchase some stuff overseas while these price-drops are happening.
My main concern was how to send money to family abroad immediately before these crazy sale events end.
I was eyeing this really cool wifi router which I wanted so bad – a Linksys (Cisco) router that uses the latest band protocol. Since I had a relative flying back to Manila a during that time. I had the opportunity to have the item I wanted, hand-carried on the flight and brought to me real fast. That saves me a ton on shipping fees and tax!
But how do I send my money abroad so they can purchase the item for me? I didn’t want to hassle my relatives too much since it was a favor and making it as trouble-free as possible for them was of utmost importance to me.
Bank transfer wasn’t an option. Too tedious and it takes days (even weeks) for money to reach its destination. By the time my relatives get it abroad, it would be too late.
Know what wonderful solution I came up with?
I sent money to my relatives abroad through Western Union.
The moment I finished my remittance transaction and stepped out of the Western Union outlet, my relatives already had the money! It was crazy fast!
My cousin was able to purchase the item I wanted right away and they had time to pack it properly for the flight back to the Philippines.
I got my router just a couple of days after sending money and am now enjoying it here at home. Wheeeee!
There are so many reasons to point out as to why Western Union has always been our choice of remittance service. If you’ve sent money to friends and family via bank for the longest time, it would do you well to hear this out…
Banks take 2-4 banking days. Remember, I said “banking days”. That doesn’t include Saturdays, Sundays and non-working holidays.
Western Union is instantaneous. I’m not exaggerating. Really! The moment you complete a remittance transaction, the money is immediately ready for pickup by your chosen recipient. That isn’t just fast… it’s really fast!
As we all know, banks are only open during regular banking days/hours. Some banks close earlier than others. Not only that… these institutions are dependent on their network of banks and partners in whichever location (province or country) you send your remittance to. Bummer.
With Western Union, majority of their locations are open SEVEN (7) days a week.
EASY TO USE
Banks usually require tons of documents. Most of the time, it’s just too much. But that’s how banks are. Thankfully, we don’t have to put up with it.
Western Union only requires ONE (1) ID to make a transaction. Yes, just one! You don’t even have to secure a US bank account to send money abroad.
Now, THAT’S convenience!
I’m sure you also have family living in the province or abroad, just like us. There are probably instances when you also need to send money to them.
When the time comes, you already know the better option.
It’s one thing to be reliable. But, it’s a whole different thing to be reliable, FAST and HASSLE-FREE.
So, do what we do… send your money through Western Union.
Because getting the money to your loved ones safe and INSTANTANEOUSLY matters a whole lot and it makes all the difference in the world.