Money Matters Monday Fun Day: 12th October from 3pm

The Daisy Children’s Centre will be hosting a Money Matters Monday Fun Day on Monday 12th October from 3pm, and the Totnes Pound team will be there! This free event is for all Totnes families and will feature a wealth of useful information provided by organisations including DCH Housing, South Hams Citizens Advice, Job Centre Plus, the Credit Union and the Totnes Keeping Warm project run by Transition Town Totnes.

There will also be free and fun activities to keep children amused while their parents pick up information, which will include a bouncy castle, face painting, art workshops and storytelling, as well as free popcorn, cookies and home-made lemonade, and samples of healthy fruit-based sweets provided by Wild & Curious.

So… where does the Totnes Pound fit in with all this? Well we all need to buy stuff and most of us need to make money… With that in mind we encourage families to switch a little of their spending to local businesses (or a lot if you’re up for that!). If everyone spent a little each week in local independent businesses, it would give a substantial boost to the local economy, creating more jobs and work opportunities. Imagine watching the journey a five pound note takes in Totnes. Every time it changes hands, a local person gains some income. For instance, imagine using it to buy fish and chips. The shop may use your fiver to buy local potatoes, and then the potato merchant may pass it on for payment to their local staff, who may then buy goods or services from other local people. In this example, most of the money is staying in Totnes and district, and it is people in Totnes and the surrounding area that continue to benefit from it. Imagine the possibilities – enterprise and work opportunities will open up for ourselves and our children.

For Money Matters Monday Funday, Totnes Pound will be re-introducing our popular 21 Totnes Pounds for 20 pounds sterling offer. Totnes Pounds can be spent in more than 150 local shops and businesses and will help keep money circulating in our town. Totnes Pounds make an ideal gift when you aren’t sure what to buy for someone. We sell Totnes Pounds in £1, £5, £10 and £21 denominations. To buy some, please bring pounds sterling with you. We will also be on hand to answer any questions you might have, or to get you started using electronic Totnes pounds if that’s your thing.

 

This event has been funded by a grant to TTT for its Totnes Keeping Warm project, awarded by the Scottish Power Energy People Trust. Thanks also to DCH Housing Provider for contributing from their Community Investment fund.

For more information about this event, please contact Mary Popham on 07815 799996 or marypopham@btinternet.com.

10 Reasons to Switch Your Spending to Totnes Pound

10 Reasons to Switch Your Spending to Totnes Pound

1. Support local businesses

The Totnes Pound helps to support a circular economy, keeping money in the local area and encouraging it to keep moving around. We work with local businesses to find local suppliers and new customers in order to strengthen this circle. 

2. Unique Totnes identity

The Totnes Pound has been created by local people, for local people. Our working group includes local traders and businesspeople who have used their experience to create an alternative currency that works for Totnes. 

3. Be part of a new money system

By using Totnes Pounds you are returning money to its original purpose; a system for exchanging good and services. Totnes Pounds cannot be hidden in offshore bank accounts, they will continue to circulate amongst local businesses and shoppers. We also have plans to link up with other local independent currencies to form larger more resilient networks.

4. Quick and simple PAY-BY-TEXT

All you need to pay with electronic Totnes Pounds is a mobile phone, so even if you forget your cards or cash you will still have a way to pay.

5. Test out new technology

The electronic Totnes Pound uses a cutting edge Pay By Text system which is evolving very quickly. This is your chance to try out an exciting new transaction system before almost anyone else in the country.

6. Fun and colourful paper money

The focus may be on our new electronic system, but we haven’t forgotten about our beautiful Totnes Pound notes. 

7. Earn reward points

Every time you spend electronic Totnes Pounds you earn 1% back. Either save up your reward points and turn them into Totnes Pounds, or donate them to a local charity.

8. Keep track of your spending

Do you want more of your weekly shopping budget to go to local businesses? By setting up a direct debit into your Totnes pound account you will know exactly how much money you are spending in the local economy.

9. Special discounts

Many of the businesses who take Totnes Pounds also offer special discounts.

10. Online shopping

We recently upgraded our website to include an online shopping facility, and we will be expanding this offering with more ways for local traders to sell their products of services. Keep checking the website for more details coming soon. 

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Visit the directory of local businesses that accept Totnes Pounds

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Pledge your support! You can buy Totnes Pounds from several issuing points and ask for Totnes Pounds in your change from many local businesses.

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Visit the directory of local businesses that accept Totnes Pounds

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Follow us on Twitter:
#TotnesPound #justforfun21

Pledge your support! You can buy Totnes Pounds from several issuing points and ask for Totnes Pounds in your change from many local businesses.

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Visit the directory of local businesses that accept Totnes Pounds

Find us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter:
#TotnesPound #justforfun21

Pledge your support! You can buy Totnes Pounds from several issuing points and ask for Totnes Pounds in your change from many local businesses.

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Visit the directory of local businesses that accept Totnes Pounds

Find us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter:
#TotnesPound #justforfun21

Pledge your support! You can buy Totnes Pounds from several issuing points and ask for Totnes Pounds in your change from many local businesses.