It took me a while to get round to setting up my payroll at work to pay me £100 a month in £B.
I'm so glad I did - it's made a big difference. My job involves lots of evenings, long hours etc - it's really hard to fit in shopping, going to cash points etc. Knowing that £B100 is there means I don't have to use debit or credit cards and so saves money on small transactions.
This may not apply to everyone but unlike my browser, I can't hold all my "favourites" in terms of shops and caffs in my head. The £B really helps as it basically is a list of my favourites!! Quality really matters to me. Having a crap coffee I just find really annoying. What a waste of money - and time - and coffee beans! £B so far is a bit of a quality control thing.
And like a lot of people (no, not just men!) I do tend to find shopping a drag. But it has to be done. So for a while I withdrew from the high street and resorted to online shopping, particularly for Christmas. But then you end up spending even more time sat down, indoors, unsociably, staring at the screen! It might suit some but for me the less time I'm static and at my PC the better. All in all I was finding it pretty unsatisfying - and I'm not convinced the recipients of the gifts were all that impreseed either!
Shopping in places that use Bristol Pounds, they're all the best places anyway. There's a few exceptions that don't yet take it and I'm working on them! But it's an ever dwindling number. And using the £B brings even more enjoyment. Conversations, relatonships, getting to know the folks who work in these shops and cafes. It somehow makes it all more fun. And I think that's what great cities, great places to live like Bristol are made of, those little exchanges.
All in all it's been a massive bonus and I'm now thinking of increasing it to £B200 a month and seeing how that goes then maybe more!