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If you’re anything like me, you’ve most likely found yourself sucked into the wonderful world of Pinterest at least once. With a few clicks of your mouse, it’s easy to build boards of inspiration for countless numbers of items, interests and passions. But did you know that Pinterest is also a fantastic resource for saving money?
Whether you’re spending minutes or hours pinning photos of your favorite meals, outfits or vacation destinations, there is a wealth of money-saving knowledge floating around on those boards. As long as it’s not blatantly a sales gimmick, when you pin a photo that you love or one that inspires you to do something, make sure to check out where it’s linked to. Chances are, it may take you to a blog or website that provides plenty of money-saving advice for the exact things you’re looking for.
The next time you’re working your ways through the myriad of photos on Pinterest, keep the following money-saving ideas in mind:
Pinterest: The Ultimate Window Shopping Extravaganza
Instead of spending my hard-earned dollars on shopping trips to the mall or through random spurts of online shopping, I now curb my desire to spend simply by building boards of items I’d like to buy, have in my house and/or admire. While it’s certainly not the same as having the tangible items in my hands or experiencing the thrill of being at a dream vacation destination, I’ve found that the simple act of pinning what I like gives me the motivation to work harder, earn more and save more in order to potentially have these things in the future. What is most interesting is I usually forget about at least 80% of these “wants” after just a few minutes, thereby avoiding any actual impulse spending (which enables me to acquire what I truly desire at a later time).
DIY on a Dime
Pinterest has given me absolute loads of DIY inspiration. A self-professed DIY and Curbside Diva, I pride myself in spending very little to beautifully, sustainably and sensibly furnish and decorate my home. Some of the projects I’ve completed have included a custom shelving unit made only from plumbing pipes and hand-cut pine boards, lighting fixtures, picture frames that double as thermostat covers, pillows and even a hand-stenciled rug that resides in my bedroom that I happily walk on each day. They key to DIY bliss on Pinterest is seeking out budget-friendly projects that don’t take weeks to complete. The cheap, easy projects I choose bolster my motivation and confidence to one day tackle even larger ventures.
Style Me Pretty
Through the thousands of photos I’ve pinned (yes, perhaps I have a bit of an addiction??), I’ve honed a much better sense of style thanks to the endless amounts of wardrobe inspiration floating around on Pinterest. My strategy for finding great outfits that I can actually afford to put in my closet is to use what I find on the site simply as a source for ideas. As with most popular sites on the web, Pinterest has become a channel for online retailers, so if I were to purchase everything that I liked exactly at the price I find it, it’s safe to say that I’d quickly be broke or worse, back in credit card debt. Instead of throwing my finances out the window during my quests to become more fashionable, I’ll print out my favorite outfits or style inspirations and take them with me if I do decide to shop. Once in the store, I make sure to find discounted or cheaper alternatives to what I’ve pinned–you’d be amazed how many variations of the same type of article of clothing are available! Utilizing this system has allowed me to amass a stylish, updated wardrobe at a fraction of the suggested retail price.
Are you a fan of Pinterest? Has it helped you save money? If so, how?