There’s a new obsession out there…Pinterest. For the longest time, I resisted. I really didn’t need something else to become a time-sucker for me. And really, Pinterest might be the biggest time-sucker of all time. Really. But then my sister got engaged. And then my sister said, “you can see that on my Pinterest board.” And then the madness began. I blame all of this on my sister. Shame on you, Jamey.
I’ve found some great ideas on Pinterest…some great recipes…some great decorating ideas. It really is a great place, but you have to set boundaries. A minute on Pinterest can quickly become hours. You can even get a pinterest app, although you definitely don’t want to put it on your phone. Just trust me. I like it because it’s a place I can put all the fun links that I find, and then I can go back later and find them easily. It’s a great resource if you know how to use it. Here’s a great Pinterest tutorial from Sorta Crunchy. If you’re confused, that will help you out…unless you’re confused about most things like I am, then that tutorial is only the tip of the iceberg.
If you need an invite to join Pinterest, just leave a comment and I’ll hook you up.
I’ve quickly found that using Pinterest can be frugal. Yes, I am very good at applying my method of frugality to just about anything. So, sit back and relax while I give you my three reasons that Pinterest can be frugal for you:
1. You can find ideas to use the things you already have. If you have a craft item, an ingredient, or even a piece of trash, Pinterest can tell you how to use it. Before you throw it out, check Pinterest. That nasty old ugly pillow can be transformed into something new. Before that cheese goes bad, make it into a breakfast casserole.
Now, hold the train here. Pinterest can also be VERY BAD FOR YOUR POCKETBOOK. You can find tons of ideas and run out to buy the stuff to make crafts and casseroles. That’s not frugal…that’s crazy. Again, here is somewhere you have to set boundaries. If you have no self-control, Pinterest is not the place for you. Amen.
2. It keeps you from buying magazines, craft books, or cookbooks. Really, no one needs to spend money on these things any more unless they want to. Pinterest is a myriad of ideas. You can find any recipe for chicken you need on there…any craft idea using Popsicle sticks or any way to spice up your curtains. If you’re buying magazines for crafting or other stuff, stop it…unless of course, you’ve budgeted in that money and you have it.
I have nothing against the magazine, craft book, or cookbook industries….I’m just trying to simplify my life. So less clutter laying around for me is a GOOD thing. Amen.
3. You can search for frugal things! If you want to know how to make something instead of buying it, Pinterest is the place for you. There are budget ideas and budget templates. If you have a budget and you’re trying to stick with it, Pinterest can help you by giving you ideas to make your budget stretch! If you’re on a beans-and-rice budget, Pinterest is going to give you about 5 million ways to make those beans and rice.
I just wanted you to know that I searched for frugal things on Pinterest just now and spent a lot of time there…I won’t tell you how long because Barry is reading this. Ahem. See…boundaries.
Now, you can follow me on Pinterest if you like.
What have YOU found on Pinterest that has helped you be more frugal?