SHOPPERS AID or CHEAT SHEETS.

 

NO !  You don't have to print off all of these numbers. Just print off a couple of rows that cover the exchange rate you expect to get over the period of your holidays.

 

The tables show the conversion of rupiah back into Australian dollars,  but instead of dollars the figures could represent Polynesian Seashells, Irish Punts, American Dollars or anything else as long as you have selected the right exchange rate (in the top row of each table and coloured yellow in the first row) for your own particular currency.  
If the exchange rate is correct for your currency the answers from rupiah will also be correct for your currency.

I like this format because it converts rupiah back into your own currency. In Bali you will be bargaining in rupiah so it comes first in the tables and then you can check the Cheat Sheet and see the value of those rupiah in your own familiar monetary terms. If it doesn't print exactly as you want it, wrong size letters to fit your pocket or the phrases don't line up exactly as they do here, just cut and paste it into a new 'Word' document and make whatever changes you want.

I’ve included 100 Rupiah conversions to remind you that if you’re haggling in Rp100 amounts then you’re getting high blood pressure over just 3 cents at the most – and it’s really not worth it.

If you’d like more information about Bali in particular you will find our web pages of interest. Use this link or copy and paste this address into the Address bar in your Web Browser – http://www.filosbali.net.

 

3,400 Rp

 

3,500 Rp

 

3,600 Rp

 

3,700 Rp

 

3,800 Rp

 

3,900 Rp

 

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

100

0.03

100

0.03

100

0.03

100

0.03

100

0.03

100

0.03

500

0.14

500

0.14

500

0.14

500

0.14

500

0.13

500

0.13

1,000

0.29

1,000

0.29

1,000

0.28

1,000

0.27

1,000

0.26

1,000

0.26

3,400

$1.00

3,500

$1.00

3,600

$1.00

3,700

$1.00

3,800

$1.00

4,600

$1.00

5,000

1.45

5,000

1.43

5,000

1.39

5,000

1.35

5,000

1.32

5,000

1.28

10,000

2.90

10,000

2.86

10,000

2.78

10,000

2.70

10,000

2.63

10,000

2.56

25,000

7,25

25,000

7.14

25,000

6.94

25,000

6.76

25,000

6.58

25,000

6.41

50,000

14.49

50,000

14.29

50,000

13.89

50,000

13.51

50,000

13,15

50,000

12.82

100,000

28.99

100,000

28.57

100,000

27.78

100,000

27.03

100,000

26.32

100,000

25.64

500,000

144.92

500,000

142.86

500,000

138.89

500,000

135.14

500,000

131.58

500,000

128.210

 

4,000 Rp

 

4,100 Rp

 

4,200 Rp

 

4,300 Rp

 

4,400 Rp

 

4,500 Rp

 

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

100

0.03

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.02

500

0.12

500

0.12

500

0.12

500

0.12

500

0.11

500

0.11

1,000

0.25

1,000

0.24

1,000

0.24

1,000

0.23

1,000

0.23

1,000

0.19

4,000

$1.00

4,100

$1.00

4,200

$1.00

4,300

$1.00

4,400

$1.00

4,500

$1.00

5,000

1.25

5,000

1.22

5,000

1.19

5,000

1.14

5,000

1.14

5,000

1.11

10,000

2.50

10,000

2.44

10,000

2.38

10,000

2.33

10,000

2.27

10,000

2.22

25,000

6.25

25,000

6.10

25,000

5.95

25,000

5.81

25,000

5.68

25,000

5.56

50,000

12.50

50,000

12.20

50,000

11.90

50,000

11.63

50,000

11.36

50,000

11.11

100,000

25.00

100,000

24.39

100,000

23.80

100,000

23.26

100,000

22.73

100,000

22.22

500,000

125.00

500,000

121.95

500,000

119.05

500,000

116.28

500,000

113.64

500,000

111.11

 

4600 Rp

 

4700 Rp

 

4800 Rp

 

4900 Rp

 

5000 Rp

 

5100 Rp

 

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.02

500

0.11

500

0.11

500

0.10

500

0.10

500

0.10

500

0.10

1,000

0.22

1,000

0.21

1,000

0.20

1,000

0.20

1,000

0.20

1,000

0.19

4,600

$1.00

4700

$1.00

4800

$1.00

4900

$1.00

 

 

5,000

0.98

5,000

1.09

5,000

1.06

5,000

1.04

5,000

1.02

5,000

$1.00

5,100

$1.00

10,000

2.17

10,000

2.13

10,000

2.08

10,000

2.04

10,000

2.00

10,000

1.96

25,000

5.43

25,000

5.32

25,000

5.21

25,000

5.10

25,000

5.00

25,000

4.90

50,000

10.87

50,000

10.64

50,000

10.42

50,000

10.20

50,000

10.00

50,000

9.80

100,000

21.73

100,000

21.28

100,000

20.83

100,000

20.41

100,000

20.00

100,000

19.61

500,000

108.69

500,000

106.38

500,000

104.17

500,000

102.04

500,000

100.00

500,000

98.04

 

5200 Rp

 

5300 Rp

 

5400 Rp

 

5500 Rp

 

5600 Rp

 

5700 Rp

 

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.02

500

0.10

500

0.09

500

0.09

500

0.09

500

0.09

500

0.09

1,000

0.19

1,000

0.19

1,000

0.19

1,000

0.18

1,000

0.18

1,000

0.18

5,000

0.96

5,000

0.94

5,000

0.93

5,000

0.91

5,000

0.89

5,000

0.88

5,200

$1.00

5,300

$1.00

5,400

$1.00

5,500

$1.00

5,600

$1.00

5,700

$1.00

10,000

1.92

10,000

1.89

10,000

1.85

10,000

1.82

10,000

1.79

10,000

1.75

25,000

4.81

25,000

4.72

25,000

4.63

25,000

4.55

25,000

4.46

25,000

4.59

50,000

9.62

50,000

9.43

50,000

9.26

50,000

9.09

50,000

8.93

50,000

8.77

100,000

19.23

100,000

18.87

100,000

18.52

100,000

18.18

100,000

17.87

100,000

17.54

500,000

96.15

500,000

94.33

500,000

92.59

500,000

90.91

500,000

89.29

500,000

87.72

 

5800 Rp

 

5900 Rp

 

6000 Rp

 

6100 Rp

 

6200 Rp

 

6300 Rp

 

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.02

500

0.09

500

0.08

500

0.08

500

0.08

500

0.08

500

0.08

1,000

0.17

1,000

0.17

1,000

0.17

1,000

0.16

1,000

0.16

1,000

0.16

5,000

0.86

5,000

0.84

5,000

0.83

5,000

0.82

5,000

0.81

5,000

0.79

5,800

$1.00

5,900

1.00

6,000

1.00

6,100

1.00

6,200

1.00

6,300

1.00

10,000

1.72

10,000

1.69

10,000

1.67

10,000

1.64

10,000

1.61

10,000

1.59

25,000

4.31

25,000

4.24

25,000

4.17

25,000

4.10

25,000

4.03

25,000

3.97

50,000

8.62

50,000

8.47

50,000

8.33

50,000

8.20

50,000

8.06

50,000

7.94

100,000

17.24

100,000

16.94

100,000

16.67

100,000

16.39

100,000

16.13

100,000

15.87

500,000

86.21

500,000

84.75

500,000

83.33

500,000

81.97

500,000

80.65

500,000

79.37

  

Because 100 rupiah increases are so small at these exchange rates the tables now increase by 200 rupiah increments each time.

 

6400 Rp

 

6600 Rp

 

6800 Rp

 

7000 Rp

 

7200 Rp

 

7400 Rp

 

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.02

100

0.01

100

0.01

100

0.01

500

0.08

500

0.08

500

0.07

500

0.07

500

0.07

500

0.07

1,000

0.16

1,000

0.15

1,000

0.15

1,000

0.14

1,000

0.14

1,000

0.14

5,000

0.78

5,000

0.76

5,000

0.74

5,000

0.71

5,000

0.69

5,000

0.68

6,400

1.00

6,600

1.00

6,800

1.00

7,000

1.00

7,200

1.00

7,400

1.00

10,000

1.56

10,000

1.52

10,000

1.47

10,000

1.43

10,000

1.39

10,000

1.35

25,000

3.91

25,000

3.79

25,000

3.68

25,000

3.57

25,000

3.47

25,000

3.38

50,000

7.81

50,000

7.58

50,000

7.35

50,000

7.14

50,000

6.94

50,000

6.76

100,000

15.63

100,000

15.15

100,000

14.71

100,000

14.29

100,000

13.89

100,000

13.51

500,000

78.13

500,000

75.76

500,000

73.53

500,000

71.43

500,000

69.44

500,000

67.57

 

The last table in this row changes by 250 rather than the 200 Rp of the previous tables and in the next row they increase by 500 Rp as, again, the changes are very small in value.

 

7600 Rp

 

7800 Rp

 

8000 Rp

 

8200 Rp

 

8400 Rp

 

8750 Rp

 

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

100

0.01

100

0.01

100

0.01

100

0.01

100

0.01

100

0.01

500

0.07

500

0.06

500

0.06

500

0.06

500

0.06

500

0.06

1,000

0.13

1,000

0.13

1,000

0.13

1,000

0.12

1,000

0.12

1,000

0.11

5,000

0.66

5,000

0.64

5,000

0.63

5,000

0.60

5,000

0.60

5,000

0.57

7,600

1.00

7,800

1.00

8,000

1.00

8,200

1.00

8,400

1.00

8,600

1.00

10,000

1.32

10,000

1.28

10,000

1.25

10,000

1.22

10,000

1.19

10,000

1.14

25,000

3.29

25,000

3.21

25,000

3.13

25,000

3.05

25,000

2.98

25,000

2.86

50,000

6.58

50,000

6.41

50,000

6.25

50,000

6.10

50,000

5.95

50,000

5.71

100,000

13.15

100,000

12.82

100,000

12.50

100,000

12.20

100,000

11.90

100,000

11.43

500,000

65.79

500,000

64.10

500,000

62.50

500,000

60.98

500,000

59.52

500,000

57.14

 

9000 Rp

 

9500 Rp

 

10,000 Rp

 

10,500 Rp

 

11,000 Rp

 

11,500 Rp

 

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

100

0.01

100

0.01

100

0.01

100

0.01

100

0.01

100

0.01

500

0.06

500

0.05

500

0.05

500

0.05

500

0.05

500

0.04

1,000

0.11

1,000

0.11

1,000

0.10

1,000

0.10

1,000

0.09

1,000

0.09

5,000

0.56

5,000

0.53

5,000

0.50

5,000

0.48

5,000

0.45

5,000

0.43

9,000

1.00

9,500

1.00

 

 

10,000

0.95

10,000

0.91

10,000

0.87

10,000

1.11

10,000

1.05

10,000

1.00

10,500

1.00

11,000

1.00

12,000

1.00

25,000

2.78

25,000

2.63

25,000

2.50

25,000

2.38

25,000

2.27

25,000

2.17

50,000

5.56

50,000

5.26

50,000

5.00

50,000

4.76

50,000

4.55

50,000

4.35

100,000

11.11

100,000

10.52

100,000

10.00

100,000

9.52

100,000

9.09

100,000

8.70

500,000

55.56

500,000

52.63

500,000

50.00

500,000

47.62

500,000

45.45

500,000

43.48

 

12,000 Rp

 

12,500 Rp

 

13,000 Rp

 

13,500 Rp

 

14,000 Rp

 

14,500 Rp

 

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

100

0.01

100

0.01

100

0.01

100

0.01

100

 0.01

100

0.01

500

0.04

500

0.04

500

0.04

500

0.04

500

0.04

500

0.03

1,000

0.08

1,000

0.08

1,000

0.08

1,000

0.07

1,000

0.07

1,000

0.07

5,000

0.42

5,000

0.40

5,000

0.38

5,000

0.37

5,000

0.36

5,000

0.34

10,000

0.83

10,000

0.80

10,000

0.77

10,000

0.74

10,000

0.71

10,000

0.69

12,000

1.00

12,500

1.00

13,000

1.00

13,500

1.00

14,000

1.00

14,500

1.00

25,000

2.08

25,000

2.00

25,000

1.92

25,000

1.85

25,000

1.79

25,000

1.74

50,000

4.17

50,000

4.00

50,000

3.85

50,000

3.70

50,000

3.57

50,000

3.45

100,000

8.33

100,000

8.00

100,000

7.69

100,000

7.41

100,000

7.14

100,000

6.90

500,000

41.67

500,000

40.00

500,000

38.46

500,000

37.04

500,000

35.71

500,000

34.48

 

15,000 Rp

 

15,500 Rp

 

16,000 Rp

 

16,500 Rp

 

17,000 Rp

 

17,500 Rp

 

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

Rp

A $

100

0.01

100

0.01

100

0.01

100

0.01

100

0.01

100

0.01

500

0.03

500

0.03

500

0.03

500

0.03

500

0.03

500

0.03

1,000

0.07

1,000

0.06

1,000

0.06

1,000

0.06

1,000

0.06

1,000

0.06

5,000

0.33

5,000

0.32

5,000

0.31

5,000

0.30

5,000

0.29

5,000

0.29

10,000

0.67

10,000

0.65

10,000

0.62

10,000

0.60

10,000

0.59

10,000

0.57

15,000

1.00

15,500

1.00

16,000

1.00

16,500

1.00

17,000

1.00

17,500

1.00

25,000

1.67

25,000

1.61

25,000

1.56

25,000

1.52

25,000

1.47

25,000

1.43

50,000

3.33

50,000

3.23

50,000

3.13

50,000

3.03

50,000

2.94

50,000

2.86

100,000

6.67

100,000

6.45

100,000

6.25

100,000

6.06

100,000

5.88

100,000

5.71

500,000

33.33

500,000

32.26

500,000

31.25

500,000

30.30

500,000

29.41

500,000

28.57

 

HOW DO I USE IT ???

 

If the  exchange rate is 5,400 Rp to the dollar or thereabouts - -

 

Example 1 : A beach massage is offered for Rp75,000. That is the equivalent of A$13.89 – (Go to the table and add the values for 50,000 and 25,000 together - $9.26 + $4.63 + $13.89.). Now in Oz you would think that you had a great deal but you know that the Bali price should be much lower so you offer Rp10,000 (A$1.85). Much laughter follows with comments like “You Funnneee! You make me Bunkroot !” Eventually the price gets down (or up) to Rp25,000. That is the equivalent of A$4.63 and you know that this is a GOOD price even in Bali, although the massage may not be too good.

 

Example 2 : A three piece double breasted suit, tailored to measure from Italian material with 2 pairs trousers is negotiated from Rp1,000,000 down to Rp 600,000. That is from A$185,18 down to A$111.11. ($18.52 + $92.59) and you know that’s a good price so you happily accept.

 

These two examples also highlight the differences that can occur when you are bargaining for services and when bargaining for goods.

It is not too hard to do a really good deal on services but you are likely to find that the quality of the service matches what you are prepared to pay. I recall a massage on Nusa Dua beach that was bargained down from the usual minimum of Rp45,000 to Rp25,000. The massage was later described as 'feather light and really just an oil change’ and it lasted only 15 minutes, but it only cost Rp25,000! The Rp45,000 massage on the other hand was still going after half an hour and included special ointments on all of the sore spots that turned up.

It is more difficult to do a really good deal on goods, however, as the goods are a fixed and known quality, unless what you select is swapped for a cheaper product behind the counter as it is wrapped up for you. So the salesperson knows what they must get to clear a profit and won't so readily drop their price.

 

Print off only the strip (or the strips) that you think will cover the exchange rate that will be in force during the time of your stay but print off enough copies for at least two a week as handling, with the humidity and perspiration, tends to destroy printer paper rapidly.

Cut out the strips and fold them each 5 times zigzag fashion. Keep them in your purse or bum-bag. Alternatively, paste them in groups of 4 into the back pages of a Spirax #541 Note Pad or similar which will fit comfortably into purse, bum bag or shirt pocket.  You can use the pad to record the costs of various items for friends, or just for memories sake.

Perhaps an even better suggestion come from Lynne, who cut them to fit into the little plastic wallets from a business card holder and found that they easily lasted 12 days.

 

Each morning check the local exchange rate and re-fold the appropriate strip so that the rate nearest the official one is facing out and easily seen. If the rate is 4,976 then select the Rp5,000 strip. Notice that small variations from the official rate results in only a few cents difference in the conversion.

 

Remember to have a great holiday. – Don’t get all tensed up because someone bought a sun hat for Rp5,000 but you paid Rp5,500. Go to the Cheat Sheet and remind yourself what 500 rupiah is really worth. Just think of it as having put food on the table for a family that night and feel good about it.

 

If you are after more information, help, pictures or stories about Bali you will be interested in the web pages shown at the top of this page, particularly the file headed, Travel Forum Recommendations.

 

Filo.

 

 

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