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Terramundi Money Pot
Member Name: MagdaDH
Terramundi Money Pot
Date: 14/08/12, updated on 19/08/12 (62 review reads)
Advantages: look good, no way to dip into your savings
Disadvantages: have to break it to get at the money
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.
Summary: good looking money pot
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