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A small but growing number of cash-strapped communities are printing their own money. Borrowing from a Depression-era idea, they are aiming to help consumers make ends meet and support struggling local businesses. The systems generally work like this: Businesses and individuals form a network to print currency. Shoppers buy it at a discount — say, 95 cents for $1 value — and spend the full value at stores that accept the currency.

2009-04-10

 alternative currency money local economy
They sound like real money and look like real money. But you can't take them to the bank because they're not made at a government mint. They're made at private mints...

2010-07-12

 alternative currency USA money