Have you heard of Pinterest?
If you have, you know just how awesome it is. If you haven’t, prepare to be schooled.
Pinterest is a virtual pin board — much like that corkboard you have in your office — to which you “pin” cool things you find around the Web. From food to clothing and everything in between, Pinterest is the hot new destination to find out what people are looking at and falling in love with online.
Since May 2011, Pinterest has gained a loyal following of nearly 20 million users, according to this New York Times article, and it continues to grow.
Why is Pinterest such a big deal? Aside from its crisp, clean, magazine-quality look, Pinterest provides resources to readers for cooking, decorating, wedding planning, and more — and those resources often include shortcuts on how to turn expensive, labor-intensive tasks into more affordable, manageable ones.
Still on the fence about joining Pinterest? Here are five good reasons to jump on the bandwagon.
1. Discover Healthier Weeknight Recipes
If the saying that we eat with our eyes first is true, Pinterest will make you a glutton. There are an overwhelming amount of images featuring incredibly indulgent pastries, baked goods, and other sugary treats, but the site also is a great source to find fast, easy and healthy weeknight dinner recipes. I’ve created an entire file of delicious, good-for-me meals that I found on Pinterest that I use to plan weekly menus. After the first few weeks, I can honestly say that my husband and I haven’t eaten this well in a long time. I enjoy finding new ways to make the same ol’ foods, and an added bonus to using Pinterest to find recipes is that by making dinner more nights a week now that I have ideas, I let far less food (like fresh herbs) go to waste.
2. Learn How to Recycle and Repurpose
There’s a difference between recycling and repurposing. Recycling a product means to break it down and turn it into something new. Repurposing, however, is the art of using the product in a whole new way without changing its original form drastically. One of the best repurposing ideas that I’ve seen from the people I follow on Pinterest is using a door-hanging shoe organiser as a vertical herb garden. It’s one of those things that make you go, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’
3. Cut the Costs of Wedding Planning
Anyone who has ever gotten hitched knows that wedding costs are sky high — so high, in fact, that the wedding can put a newlywed couple deep into debt before they start their life together. But thanks to Pinterest, more and more people are sharing DIY ways to create invitations, favours, decorations and desserts that still look amazing but cost far less than if they were purchased from a vendor.
4. Search for Interior Decorating Ideas
Pinterest allows users to separate their “pins” into categories so other users can find what they’re looking for more easily. One of those categories is dedicated entirely to home décor, which is comprised of photos and links to items you can buy or instructions on how to make a design element. Just today I found this neat idea that turns an old VHS cassette tape into a multipurpose picture frame that includes inside storage. Major retailers are getting in on the action now, too, so you may be able to score exclusive Pinterest discounts at your favourite stores by browsing the home décor boards.
5. Save Money With DIY Ideas
Repurposing items is one way to save money, but making from scratch some of the things you want and need is even better. From easy-breezy wall art to tips on how to paint without making a mess to instructions for homemade shampoo, Pinterest is quickly becoming the primary source for all things DIY. If there’s something you’ve thought about making in order to cut back on costs, a way to do it is probably on Pinterest.
Are you a Pinterest user? Will you use Pinterest now? Let me know in the comments below. Plus, check out the Pounds to Pocket Pintrest page for money-saving ideas!