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A smashing way to save money!
Terramundi Money Pot
Member Name: ms_123
Terramundi Money Pot
Advantages: looks pretty, can't open to get money out
Disadvantages: must be smashed when full
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.
Summary: A smashing way to save!
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