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Money pots have been traditionally used in Italy for over 2000 years and their hand thrown design has remained unchanged. Once the first coin is dropped the money pot must be fed until full upon which it must be smashed whilst making a wish. It is customary to replace the pot and to spend the money on good things. Broken pots are sometimes used to house plants and candles. Money pots bring good fortune.

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      13.04.2013 17:12
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      fabulus gift idea

      I have brought Terramundi pots for a range of occasions including; birthday, wedding, engagement, new baby etc and they are always very well received. These pots stand between 17-19cm tall (although Terramundi have recently brought out a deluxe range which are 3 times bigger than the standard size).

      They are very sturdy, heavy pots with a coin slot in the top. There is no plug in the base so in order to get the money out you need to smash the pot. These pots have traditionally been used in Itay for over 2000 years. The idea is that you make a wish when inserting the first coin, that you feed the pot until it is full and that you spend the money on 'good things'. This information is included on a tag attached to the pot, as well as a piece of paper to write your wish on to insert with the first coin.

      The pots are hand thrown in Italy and hand painted in London. The pots come in a huge variety of colours, patterns and designs some also include text such as wedding fund, hopes and dreams, new baby, congratulations etc. These pots really are beautiful and make lovely decorative items. They make lovely gifts for a wide range of occasions and really encourage reluctant savers such as myself as you cannot get to the money without smashing the pot.

      Each terramundi pot comes comples with a fortune coin inside.

      Terramundi pots can be brought for £20-£25 from Amazon, and whilst this may seem a lot in my opinion it is well worth it for a high quality, beautiful decorative item and a unique way to save.

      This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.

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      02.01.2013 23:25
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      an attractive pot

      I first heard of Teramundi money pots on the moneysaving.com forums where they seemed like a popular vehicle for saving. I looked around for a pot for myself but was disappointed to see that they retailed for between £15 and £20 each as I did not want to spend so much money on a glorified piggy bank. Luckily for me they had them in B&M stores for a short time for £2.99 each and so I bought three of them, one to keep for myself and another two to give as gifts.

      These money pots are traditional Italian in design although the Terraumundi brand has only existed in the UK for 14 years. You make a wish as you put your first coin into the pot and then when the pot is full you smash it and spend some of the money on a new pot and the rest on good things for yourself.

      I really like my Terramundi pot, it is around 8 inches high with a little knob on the top and a slot to feed the coins into. I have a red one which goes with my decor but they are available in many different designs. It is well made from thick pottery and looks attractive and well made.

      The pot can hold up to £200 in silver coins. I have got into the habit of putting my 50p pieces in there as well as the odd £1 and £2. Because you need to smash the pot you cannot steal any of the money back out again so it is an ideal place to save for holidays or Christmas. It's amazing how quickly the money adds up and it is a far more attractive way of saving than a tin. A downside is that you can't take the money out to count how much you have got so you need to keep track of your savings unless you want to wait and surprise yourself.

      Apparently you can lever the top off with a chisel but I imagine that this will leave rough edges, although I suppose you could sand them down and use the pot for other uses.

      The pots make a nice gift, both of the ones I gave away were well received.

      I wouldn't pay £20 for a Terramundi pot since it is going to get smashed once it is full but if you can find a bargain somewhere then snap it up!

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        16.10.2012 18:59
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        A lovely saving pot

        I received a Terramundi pot from my sister as a gift for looking after her dog while she was on holiday. I was really pleased to receive one as I have bought a couple as gifts for other people previously.

        Terramundi pots are clay fired pots which have been traditionally used in Italy for over 2000 years for the saving of money. They have a slot in them which is the only opening so that when you want to remove the money from them the only way to get to it is by smashing open the pot.

        My Terramundi pot says lifes little luxuries on it but they come in so many different colours and with so many different sayings that it would be almost impossible to not be able to find one to suit the occasion that you are looking for. I like to buy them for birthdays and especially like the ones that have inspirational sayings on them. You can also get them for christenings, moving to a new house, holiday fund etc.

        The traditional way of using one is to make a wish when you add the first coin to them and then when you smash the pot it is supposed to make the wish come true. Obviously I don't actually believe this but it didn't stop me from making my wish when I put my first pound coin in the pot.

        My pot and the ones that I have bought have always been really well made and even though they are hand painted the people painting them seem to have taken care to make sure that there are no big flaws in the paint work. The colours are always striking and they are really pretty in their own rights.

        I really like the fact that since you cannot access the money that it gives you a chance to actually save some money up to be able to buy some treats. The only problem that I have is that I really do not want to smash my pretty pot when it is finally full.

        I have no idea how much my pot actually holds but I have been saving 1 and 2 pound coins in it and as it is a good size I imagine that when I have filled it and broken it open that I am going to have a good few hundred pounds with which to treat myself to something nice.

        Terramundi pots make great gifts and I was really pleased with mine and the people I have bought them for seem to have liked them too. I paid £18.99 for the ones that I bought in a gift shop in town but my sister let on that she got mine for £14.99 online so next time I buy one I will look online first and find the best deal on them.

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          14.10.2012 22:42
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          Smashing!!!

          ~~~ Terramundi ~~~

          I'd seen and heard about these Terramundi money pots years before I'd actually purchased one myself. I'd never considered buying one as I thought they were essentially a way to spend money rather than saving it, as the only way to retrieve your savings is to break into it, rendering it useless. I'll explain why my opinion changed further on in this review.

          A Terramundi money pot is really just a hollow vessel with a slot in the top in which to post your coins. Within each money pot, you will find a gold coin with a prediction on, rather like a fortune cookie. This must be unique to the 'real' terramundi money pots as I've never found it on any of the cheaper copies available.

          It was almost two years ago I purchased my first money pot. My mum, my sisters and I, were all at the Festive Gift Fare at the NEC in Birmingham, doing our Christmas shopping. We go there every year as we find it a great place to find things that are unique, personalised, or just that little bit special than the average stuff you find on the high street.

          Apparently these money pots retail around £20 each, but whilst we were at the fayre, the original Terramundi company had a stand; and were doing a special deal of £15 for one, and two for £20. Both my sisters wanted one each as gifts, and so too did my mum. Obviously I wasn't going to be outdone, and so stumped up my £10 share and walked off with a bargain.

          The vendor told us all about the history of the pots, that they have been made and used in Italy for over 2,000 years. They are still made there today, but they are now hand decorated in a studio in Kentish Town, in London.

          Put on the spot, and not having a specific person in mind to gift mine to, I chose a neutral cream colour, onto which was written in gold 'Holiday Fund'; as I thought this would be a suitable gift for either sex, but there are hundreds of different colours, patterns, and sayings available. When I got home and checked my purchase, I decided that as I was saving myself for my sister's birthday weekend away, I'd keep it for myself, to help prevent me dipping in, and spending my savings.

          This money pot can hold up to £200 in mixed silver apparently, and I certainly found that to be the case. I shoved a note in here and there as could, and when it was time to book our trip there was enough in there to pay for it, plus my spending money. If I'd have been able to get at my savings, there definitely wouldn't have been that much, I can tell you.

          Right, now here's my tip. You are technically supposed to make a wish, whilst smashing this to get to your savings, BUT the money saver in me didn't want to do that. What I did was take a hack saw, and gently saw the top off. This can either then act as a lid, or do as I did and superglue it back on for another lease of life, although it doesn't look quite as pretty as before sadly.

          If it is of interest to you, my wish coin within is a gold colour, about the size of a 10 pence piece and reads 'Today spend time with yourself' and now lives in my purse, for luck. Each wish coin is different, but I can't think of a better excuse to have a bit of 'me' time, and if anyone asks, the Terramundi told me to.

          After owning one for several years and seeing the benefits of having both not being able to get at your cash willy nilly, but also having that piece of mind that you CAN access it, if you needed to; I recommend this money pot, but definitely not at its full price.

          As well as being rather decorative in design, the highly amusing and inspiring phrases available, such as 'Ferrari Fund' (my daughters gift off her auntie), and 'For life's little luxuries', in my opinion would serve the purpose to spur a young saver on and give them something to aim for. What could be a better gift for someone, than the gift of learning to save, and being prepared for life's eventualities than that?

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            14.10.2012 21:09
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            I like it as an ornament as opposed to something I will eventually have to smash!

            The first time I heard anything about Terramundi money pots was when we received one as a wedding present from my then husbands work colleague back in 2004. Since then I do seem to have noticed them popping up all over the place in gift and card shops in particular. This is my review of the product.

            Terramundi money pots are basically a clay pot which is hand thrown in Italy and hand painted in London. They stand between seventeen and nineteen centimetres tall and have a more narrow bottom and top whilst a really wide middle part. The pot features a slot towards the top of the pot which you can pop your coins in to save and apparently the pot can hold up to £200 in mixed silver. What is the unusual factor about these pots is that there is no way to get your money out of it unless you smash the pot! There is a little story behind this which is attached to the Terramundi pot I have which says that the money pots have been used in Italy for the last 2000 years and that traditionally once the first coin is dropped in to the pot it must be fed until full and then smashed whilst making a wish. Apparently you should replace the pot and spend the money on good things to bring you luck!

            The pot that was given to us is a cream one with the words "wedding day" in a curly golden font which does look like it has been hand painted and really adds to the quirkiness and look of the pot on the whole I think. The pots are available in many different colours and for a multitude of purposes now and so you can get them for birthdays, holiday funds, baby gifts as well as personalised ones too I believe. The pot feels quite heavy and a good quality and so the recipient would know that you had purchased a high quality gift should you give one of these I think.

            I love the look of this pot as an ornamental thing and it still sits in my display unit despite the fact that I am no longer married. I think it is a really nice gift to receive and one that is a little bit different too but I haven't put any money in this pot and the reason behind that is simply the fact that it would have to be broken to release the money and it seems such a shame. I think Terramundi do say that you could perhaps store a plant in the bottom of the pot or something afterwards but I like the way the pot looks now and just wouldn't want to break it. The pots do retail at around £20 too and so it is a lot of money to just smash in my opinion.

            Personally I think as an ornamental product these are lovely and whilst I can see the bonus of saving in one of these until they are fun and then reaping the rewards when it is full I just wouldn't want to smash it. Perhaps my run of bad luck needs changing and I should attempt to fill this one whilst making a wish for the man of my dreams to appear but for now I think it will hold off!

            Thank you for reading my review!

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            13.10.2012 19:19
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            A nice present for a wedding/christening

            I had a terramundi jar since I was a teenager, and threw most of my bronze change in there for around 4 or 5 years, it got completely full and it was time to get the money out!

            Terramundi jars can be bought from most gift or ceramic shops, they are handmade in Italy and then hand painted in London so they can be quite personal to you. Mine was from the official website as it was a gift to replace my childhood money box. You can get them with writing on for example as a momento of something like a marriage or a christening. You can design it online yourself from scratch and they are very pretty items to have on display.

            Theres a slot to put change into (or notes if your rich) and theres no other way for the money to come out, that means when its full you have to smash it. But apparently according to the history of the jar in Italy over 2000 years of it, you must make a wish at the same time to bring you luck. The pot also comes with a good fortune coin. At the time I received the pot I thought it was a real waste to break such a lovely thing, and so I ignored it once full. However my early twenties were too much fun and I needed the cash and I ended up with around £105 in coppers that I took to natwest and put in the change machine.

            I wish now that I had kept it without the money inside as mine was very pink and girly and suited my personality. It did have a good run and I would definitely consider buying them again as presents especially as its now so easy to personalize them on the website.

            There are a lot of fake versions that are cheaper but the real thing without being personalised costs £21.50 plus delivery.

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            13.10.2012 16:23
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            A smashing way to save!

            For my birthday a couple of years ago my sister bought me a terramundi pot. She'd seen me eyeing one of these in the shops a few weeks before and decided that it would make a perfect gift!

            For those that have not heard of these, a terramundi pot is based on a traditional Italian money pot which has been in use for over 2000 years. The pot itself is made out of terracotta clay and has a slot at the top for you to put money in through. However it has no opening for you to take the money out. In order to do so the pot must be smashed. This is great for me because any money that I put in a 'normal' money box tends to get spent rather quickly and so this encourages me to save. A money pot can hold around £200 in mixed silver. I tend to save £2 coins so when I open it I should have much more than that. What am I saving for? A holiday would be nice! Or I could be a bit more boring (and sensible) and pay a chunk off the mortgage!

            According to tradition once the first coin is dropped in, the money pot must be fed until full at which time it must be smashed whilst making a wish. The terramundi pots are thought to bring good fortune and as such come with a fortune coin already inside it. It is then customary to replace the pot with a new one and spend the money on "good things" which bring "good fortune".

            Terramundi pots have been sold in the UK for a number of years now and can be found in many gift shops such as Clinton Cards and are priced around the £15 -£20 mark. Each pot is hand painted and come in a wide array of pretty designs which can make it a bit difficult to choose one! You can even get personalised ones or pots that are for saving for a special occasion, for example a wedding, holiday or just shopping! My pot around 17cm in height and is very bright with circular rainbow stripes painted around it. It takes pride of place on my bookshelf in my living room and is a beautiful decorative piece.
            If you smash the money pot carefully it is possible to use the pot to house a candle or a plant. My pot is so pretty that when it comes to breaking it I shall take extra care and try to use this as a plant pot.

            Overall I love my terramundi pot - it looks very pretty and encourages me to save. It will take some time to fill this, particularly as I am filling it with £2 coins. It certainly is an exercise in patience! I'll be a bit sad when it comes to smashing this but will try to take extra care so that I can reuse this as a plant pot. It would make a lovely gift for someone and I would have no hesitations in recommending.

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              13.10.2012 12:38
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              Too expensive to buy all the time for saving

              ==Overview==

              My Terramundi was given to me by one of my Auntie's for my birthday a few years back. The idea behind the terramundi is that it is a pot is completely sealed except for a small slot on the top where you can put money in. You can get pretend versions of terramundis these days which aren't official but work on the same principal. The official Terramundi retails at around £20 depending on which shop you get it in and they can be bought online at various places and also are popular in gift shops. Many terramundis have words emblazoned on the front these days with "chocolate fund" "baby fund" or "wedding fund" for example to try to encourage people to save up their money for one of these. The only way of getting the money out of the Terramundi is to smash it open and make a wish whilst you do it.

              ==My Opinion==

              I like the look of the Terramundi, (the official version), the pot is really big and can save a fair amount of money in there, particularly if you limit it to pound coins for example. We threw all our change in there and had about £200 after 3 or 4 years when we opened it. There are a huge variety of designs now which may suit the decor of your home better. Ours was yellow and pink so was hidden away in the wardrobe and used as a change pot. I do like the fact that you can't get into them because all our other money saving tins get raided for cash because they are easy to open and this one had to fill up because there was no way of getting into it. The disappointing thing for me is that you have to smash them to get them open so you only have them for a couple of years at a maximum or your money is kept hostage forever. I personally prefer the cheap (Poundland or such like) tins that you can get which can only be opened by a tin opener. No, they aren't as nice to look at but at least you haven't wasted £20 on something that you need to smash open, you only spend a pound on the tin.

              ==Overall==

              I do think that they make a nice present for weddings or christenings but I would be reluctant to buy myself or anyone else one of the official versions for £20. I'd rather give them the £20. Overall only 3 stars from me.

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                14.08.2012 15:17
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                good looking money pot

                The main purpose of the Terramundi pot is to act as a piggy bank of sorts, but unlike the most piggies which are equipped with a rubber plug, the Terramundi pot doesn't let you dip into your funds. You have to smash the pot to get the money (though shaking about and making a coin or two fall out is actually possible). This is supposed to encourage savings and each pot actually comes with a little record of the intended purpose of the final sum (though you don't have to fill it in, obviously).

                Depending on the size and coins you feed it, you can save up to £400 (this would have to be in £2 coins only). When the pot is full, you smash it up to get the money.

                I first saw (and bought one) these while doing Christmas shopping at the Spittalfields market in London probably about 12 years ago, but since then they proliferated and you can get one of these pots in most gift shops and many other places including online for between £15 and £25.

                Based on a traditional Italian (possibly Etruscan even) shape, these are I think very attractive vessels and as they are available in countless designs (I like geometric ones best) you are bound to find one that fits your decorative scheme if you are worried about this kind of thing. Or just get one you like :-)

                In all honesty I never filled one up, but I still like having one for, let's say, decorative purposes as the shape is good and it seems a pity to destroy such a nice object.

                Recommended.

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                  Nice way of encouraging people to save for something special.

                  Terramundi Money Pots.

                  I am the very proud owner of a Terramundi Money Pot which I received as a gift at Christmas. The pot is used for saving money and is an absolutely beautiful thing. I have it on my desk next to my computer taking pride of place.

                  So what is a Terramundi Money pot?

                  Terramundi money pots originate from Italy and have been around for over 2000 years. Examples of early Terramundi pots can be found in the British Museum in London. They are made from clay and are hand thrown. Once baked and out of the kiln they are rough and are sanded down to make them smooth. A small fortune coin is imbedded inside the pot as a token gift. They are then transported to the UK to be painted and decorated.

                  The idea of a money pot is to save money it is not supposed to be raided and should only be smashed once it is full. When smashing your pot you are supposed to make a wish. There is a little label attached to the pot where you can make a note of the date you started to save and what your goal is. Naturally for me it is going to be a savings pot towards a holiday and can hold £200 pound in silver coins or £400 in gold coloured coins.
                  I really like the look of the pot and in my opinion it would be such a shame to smash it. You can however place a chisel inside the money slot and gently force it open which will take the top of the pot off so that you can utilise the pot as either a flower pot or as a pen tidy on your desk.

                  My pot is a lovely red colour with the following words written on the side of it just below the money slot in white. KEEP CALM AND SAVE! This theme is from the war time slogan KEEP CALM AND CARRRY ON.

                  Terramundi Pots can be brought from www.Terramundi.co.uk
                  They stock a wide variety of different coloured and hand painted pots. You can also have them personalised. The pots cost £19.50 and to personalise it add another £3. Postage is £1.69. I think this is an excellent pot for both adults and children especially if you are encouraging them to save. You can make it personal by adding your own wording. I think this is an ideal pot to buy, something really special and perhaps it will give an incentive to save.

                  You can also buy these on Amazon for around about £18 plus postage.

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                    Perfect for saving for a rainy day! Best money box EVER!

                    Terramundi money pots have been traditionally used in Italy for over 2000 years and their hand thrown design has remained unchanged. The British Museum houses examples of these ancient money pots.

                    Once the first coin is dropped the money pot must be fed until full upon which time it must be smashed whilst making a wish. It is customary to replace the pot and spend the money on 'good things', they bring good fortune.

                    These jars are meant to hold approximately £200 in mixed silver or £300 in pound coins and retail between £20-£30 dependent on pattern and customisation!

                    I was told about these pots by a friend after complaining of being unable to save my pennies! Knowing I loved the colour blue my partner bought me one as a gift, it is similar to the stripey one above with different shades of blue and paint splashes giving it a really cool effect!

                    This idea is absolutely fantastic! I decided I would like to save £2 coins in my jar and have put the occasional £20 note in. Not only can I not get the money back out, I find I don't even want to get the money out! I know the money being saved can only be taken out by smashing the pot and also that I am saving for something worthwhile.

                    This really is a fool proof idea and having the option to customise your own pot makes it even more desirable.

                    I am now due to smash my pot to exchange the money for euros for my holiday and I am sure with the notes & £2 coins inside I have at least £600! There is no way in an everyday money box I would have kept my mits off the cash!

                    I am already looking for my next pot, and will be breaking a small hole in the bottom of mine so that I can keep the pot and will collect all future pots :)

                    Not only a fantastic way of saving money, now you can save in style! Mine stands pretty on my dresser and I will definitely have one for years to come !!

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                    Terramundi pots. Some love 'em, some hate 'em. I'm a lover!

                    A terramundi pot is a traditional way to save money without being able to dip into it. This makes for better saving for those of us with absolutely no willpower. These clay pots are handmade in Italy and are made with only 1 slot for dropping the money in, there is no stopper at the bottom to get the money out like most piggy banks have, meaning you have to smash it to get to the cash!

                    The pots come in many different designs (you really have to check the website to see the full scope of them), but I usually opt for the plain white ones with something written across the front, usually in pink or gold. My current terramundi pot (which is longer in once piece, but we'll get to that later), is plain white with "shopping fund" written across it in pink, metallic paint. A very simple design, but I like that. You can personalise these pots with your own message of up to 100 characters, or you can opt out of any message at all, leaving you with a plain, stripy or spotty pot. I have seen other patterns on these, but the most common ones tend to have stripes or spots!

                    "So if it's a way to save money, why do some people hate them?" I hear you ask.

                    Well, some people prefer to just pop £500 into their savings account and let it rack up interest. I'm not that person. It's far too easy for me to click a few buttons and transfer that money into my current account to spend, spend, spend! By using a terramundi pot, I can rack up a few hundred pounds and not be able to get to it until I've smashed it when it's full, then I can decide what to do with the money from there. I usually split the total in two, putting half in the bank and then the other half goes towards a new terramundi pot and something else to treat myself with.

                    So how much money do these things actually hold? Well I smashed mine this morning and a grand total of £684 came out! Not too bad for 11 months of saving, just popping in my extra £1 and £2 coins at the end of the week.
                    If you're using it for mixed silvers, you can expect around £200, £1 coins can rack up £4-500 and £2 coins can come to a whopping £1000! It all depends on how many of each coin you put in.

                    To crack them open, you can either slip a chisel into the money slot and whack the end with a hammer so that the top pops off, or you can relieve your stress and just whack the pot with a hammer. The second option is much more satisfying for me, seeing the money flying everywhere and having to pick it all up when I'm counting it really does cheer me right up (especially the day after I get my payslip and find I've been underpaid by two whole weeks!!), the only downside is the clean up of the clay shards afterwards. Lots of people prefer the first option as they like to keep the pots for candles or plants, or just because they think they're pretty, but I personally think it's just a pot and couldn't really care less if it gets smashed once it's full or not!

                    These also make perfect gifts as they come with a fortune coin already inside and a little tag that you can write a wish on to pop inside with your first coin. I'd be thrilled if someone bought one of these for me, who doesn't like to save a bit of extra money?

                    These retail for anywhere between £10-£25, I tend to buy mine from Dobbies for £20, but the website (www.terramundi.co.uk) contains a list of stockists so you can find one near you.

                    Happy saving!

                    Thanks for reading.

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                      Can't fault this because it is actually making me save for once!

                      Despite however hard I try to save up my money, I very rarely manage to and there is one sole reason for this - the fact that I still have access to the money. To solve this, I picked up a Terramundi Money Pot, which are money pots that originate quite a while back from Italy.

                      They are available in a whole range of different styles, and the original Terramundi pots can be quite expensive, costing around £20.00. However, you can buy a number of different ones if you shop around for a cheaper price but of a similar style. There are many to suit the needs of what you are saving for. Some of the ones I have seen around are holiday funds, shopping, DIY, saving for a rainy day, a new pair of shoes, retirement fund, and the list goes on! There is practically a pot for whatever you are saving for! I however chose to pick up one with my name on, even though I am hoping to put the cash towards a holiday for the summer!

                      The Terramundi pots are clay pots and are handmade with detailing over the front. They are a very decorative and pretty pot and are perfect for putting on display around the house, therefore being much more attractive to many other money pots and coin counters, which is one of the reasons I did pick mine up as it is pink and sparkly with my name at the front, and on the back there is a nice little message to go with it, and I think this is included upon most of these newer made pots, however not on the original Terramundi pots, as these tend to be quite plain and simple, yet still colourful as shown in the image above.

                      The whole point of a Terramundi pot is that you put your coins into the slot, and you are unable to get into them after that, as there is no hole at the bottom where you can empty the cash out when you need it. The only way you can get to it is to smash it open. Therefore, you have to wait until your pot is brimming with coins, then you can smash it open with a hammer and see all of your funds leak out. I am yet to reach this exciting moment, however my stash is adding up fairly quickly, and this is all thanks to the fact that I can not get into it!

                      It is recommended that you save your £1's and £2's in these pots, as this money does really add up, and you can be looking at hundreds, potentially even a thousand pounds within the larger pots. Being a student, I fill it with various coins but not coppers, and I am hoping to get a couple of hundred of it when I smash it, so fingers crossed!

                      Unfortunately, this does mean that you do break your pot and will have to seek a new one, but for the money I paid for mine (around £5.00) I am happy to do this again and again everytime I manage to fill mine up. I am sure that there is a way you can get into the pot neatly without smashing right through the middle, because if you can take off the top and leave the main part of it, it could be re-used for various other things such as holding items like make-up.

                      It is also important to note that when you smash open your Terramundi pot, you should make a wish, as this is a traditional part of the pot. I think this is a nice little extra, as it means that there is a meaning behind the saving, and hopefully if your wish comes true, your saving may have paid off!

                      Overall, this is a very worthwhile investment, especially if you are as bad as I am at saving, as you have no choice but to wait until the pot is filled. You never know how much you can save if you put your mind to it, and hopefully through stashing all my coins away, I can be booking a holiday very shortly. Thanks for reading.

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                        07.01.2011 11:23
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                        A must have!

                        I purchased a Terramundi pot for the first time about 8 years ago now and I've had one 'on the go' ever since!

                        *What is it?*
                        A terramundi pot is, basically, a clay pot with a slot allowing you to put coins and folded notes in. There's no opening allowing you to remove the money and the general idea is that you fill the pot to capacity before smashing it to gain access to all the glorious cash you've saved. Genius!

                        The pot itself is quite heavy and very well made. The basic shape of the pot is always the same but each pot is handpainted, in London I believe, and I must have seen hundreds of colours and designs over the years. My personal favourites include a pink pot painted with purple, green and pink stripes which are allowed to 'run' into one another, creating a lovely pattern of mottled colours.

                        The terramundi pot tradition is based on feeding the pot with coins (rather than notes!) and the slot on the front of the pot is large enough to easily insert all UK coins. Notes can also be inserted though, simply by folding them up before posting them in. Inserting notes becomes more difficult once the pot is nearly full as the coins get in the way however. The advice slip that comes with the pot informs you that, full with silver, the pot holds around £200. I've saved much more than this through inserting pound coins and the occasional £5 note alongside silver and coppers - £500 one time! The pot comes pre-fed with a coin and you also receive a slip to post into the pot with the first coin on which you can write a wish which is supposed to come true once the full pot is smashed.

                        *Why do I want one?*
                        I love the basic idea of this. Ordinary money banks are fine but I always find myself dipping into them when I get a little short of cash. With the terramundi pot there's no chance (well not much) of this happening. I have, on occassion, found myself holding one upside down trying to retrieve a fiver with a pair of tweezers! For those interested I've been successful a few times!!! It's quite exciting when you manage to hook one out! The pots are not only functional though, they're really pretty too and make great ornaments in their own right. Posting a wish in with the first coin is novel and I've often forgotten what I'd written when it comes to smashing time. It's always interesting to find out what it was! I've given these pots as presents in the past and posted notes into the pot beforehand - you can't hear or see the note in there so it's a lovely suprise for someone when they smash the pot and find a note along with all their cash.

                        *Are there any downsides?*
                        I think the only downside for me comes in smashing the pot. Not only is it a bit sad to smash the lovely pot you've been looking at for the past 12 months but the process itself poses a few issues. Firstly it's a heavy pot once full so just smashing it on the floor is likely to crack floor tiles and you're also going to end up with shards of clay pot all over your floor. Whilst not overly sharp (nothing like smashed ceramic or glass) I think those with children should take care in clearing up these shards anyway. Smashing the pot in this manner also leaves you with coins everywhere, and you'll be retrieving them from under fridges and kitchen cabinets for months! For me, I've found the best way to smash the pot is to first wrap it in a tea towel before hitting it with a hammer on a non-tiled floor. This way no tiles get cracked and the bits of pot and coins don't fly everywhere. Please note this method offers substantially less stress relief however!

                        *How much is it?*
                        At around £15 a pot I initially thought this was a little pricey but having saved so much through the use of them I would now sdvise that it's £15 very well spent! I now tend to use £15 of the saved money from a smashed pot to buy a new one and continue the process. Unfortunately availability seems to be getting more limited where I'm living (Nottingham) where it was once excellent. I sometimes see them for sale in the most bizarre shops though, pounstretcher (still £15 though!) and card shops being some of the places I've stumbled across them. For those living in Nottinghamshire The Token House has a great selection permanently available.

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                          21.11.2010 20:50

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                          These pots are just great,I'm on my second one,saved over£500,bought a piece of furniture and new pot to start again,call it my kitchen fund it is going to take some time but I have plenty of that.

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