awkforeigner said: I'm new to this, so apologies. But has anyone used a good service in the US to transfer money abroad?
Awkforeigner, this question gets asked somewhere on Fatwallet several times a month, and has been for many years.
The best thing to do when you have a question and you are new to the site is to do a site search to see if it's already been thoroughly covered.
You can access the search function via the big white search box that is in the upper right of every FW page.
Another method of asking a simple question is to post it in the "new users" thread, which is the topmost thread on the Finance forum page:
"!!! WELCOME NEW USERS !!! Ask your questions here! (flame-free) !!!"
This is a recent thread on the issue of international money transfers:
"Cheapest International money transfers?"
This is a thread on international money transfers from a couple of years ago, but it's got good info in it:
"Inexpensive ways to send money from one country/currency to another."
My thoughts on international money transfers:
Xoom is the best and cheapest and easiest-to-set-up foreign exchange method that I have found for my purposes.
Normally the fee to use xoom.com is a flat fee of $4.95 for any amount of transaction, if you use a bank account for funding. (Funding with a credit card costs more, and I think it's a % of the transaction, but I haven't done it myself so am not sure about that.)
There were a couple of years when xoom.com had no coupons/discounts that I could discover, BUT the last 2 times that I've done an international transfer with xoom (Oct 2012 and Dec 2012), I had to pay no fee whatsoever because I used a coupon code that I found on another money-saving website.