In this economy, we are all looking for ways to save money. What
you may not realize is that you can actually save money
using Pinterest. (I can't guarantee saving time, however, as I have
spent many a night looking up pins way past my bedtime...) Here are
just a few of the ways that you can use Pinterest to your monetary
From greener cleaners to DIY disposal
de-gunker, if you are looking for ways to make your own cleaners,
look no further than Pinterest. I had recently come across several
variations of making your own homemade laundry detergent. I was not
overly impressed with the liquid version and some of the dry
versions seemed overly complicated or included ingredients that I
wasn't sure I could even find. I finally combined a few and use
this version. Four ingredients and two steps later,
I have a detergent I love and one that only costs about eight cents
per load. Consider finding a homemade version of your go-to cleaner
and you just might be surprised at what you find (and save).
One of my favorite (but not too often
executed) ways to save money is to meal plan and prepare freezer
meals. With a little time and preparation, you can have healthy
meals ready to eat at any given moment and you've already done the
work in advance. You save money by minimizing food waste and
cutting back on what you would spend on grabbing take-out in an
effort to have dinner ready. This past weekend, I did some freezer
meals, like breakfast burritos and banana muffins, but I
also considered some of the recipes and freezer meal ideas from
these pins (Melissa Fallis, Mama and Baby Love, and Homemade Smoothie Packs). Plan ahead by
creating a "Freezer Meal" board where you pin all the various
recipes you'd love to pack your house with. You won't be
disappointed on a weekday when searching for meals and you'll love
what you put back into your pocket in terms of the almighty
This list is literally endless, but I'm sure that there is some
project out there that you've said, "I could make that." but often
wondered how you could. With the right search, you can stumble upon
some beautiful home décor or crafty gifts that you can make on your
own. I've repurposed toilet paper rolls, oatmeal containers, Gerber
puffs containers, scraps of fabric - all based on different things
I've found on the internet and later pinned on Pinterest. This board alone already contains 15 pins
covering different ideas on how to craft for this year's Christmas.
As you can see, you can create great personalized gifts without
breaking the bank.
Have you saved money using Pinterest? If so, what are some of
your favorite money saving pins? We'd love to hear from you. You
can also follow me on Pinterest here or Chicago Parent here.
See more of Samantha's stories here.
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