Community Exchange member Maria Villacreses, escorted by her mother Ximena Roman, used time credits toward her wedding day for makeup, food & decoration services. The 28-year-old, who is fluent in English and Spanish and earns time credits as a trained medical interpreter and by offering rides and pet-sitting, thought she would have to scale back when her fiance's hours at work were cut in half. Then fellow Community Exchange members suggested she use time credits to pay for services that would typically cost hundreds of dollars. On the big day, the bride sat at her dining room table while a complete stranger, Marilyn, did her makeup. As she applied foundation and eyeliner, another member delivered the cake she baked for time credits. Others brought food, baked goods, pastries and decorated the sanctuary and reception hall. During the service, time bankers took photos and played the organ. In all, the wedding cost about 200 of her time credits. By spending her time wisely, Villacreses figures she saved about $2,000.* Another member donated 500 time credits so she wouldn't have to worry about the wedding. Maria also donated hours back to the generous members who helped make her day so special. - Community Exchange, Pennsylvania https://tdn.timebanks.org/ *excerpt from Associated Press story in 2010, by Michael Rubinkam (AP photo) . #timebankingis #community #50storiesin50days #timebanks #story #timeasmoney #timecredits

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