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Pinching Pennies on Pinterest

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My philosophy on saving money is pretty simple. I don't buy what I don't need. And if I buy it and I feel guilty about it (What am I going to do with this? This is too much to spend on this!) I'll likely return it.

There are some pretty smart cookies on Pinterest when it comes to saving money. I'm new to Pinterest and am completely overwhelmed by all the neat stuff out there. I want these people to decorate my home, organize my closets, cook all my meals, and make all my gifts and holiday decorations. These folks know how to take an ordinary household item and give it a total makeover.

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For example, my best reuse for a worn-out pair of pants is to cut them up and use as dusting rags. That's clever, right? Oh, nooooooooo. Not. Even. Close. I could have made a BASKET, yes a BASKET out of them. Of course, knowing how to crochet would help (I didn't graduate beyond latchhooking), but seriously, this is just cool.

If you are looking for inspiration, go on Pinterest and search " saving money" or go to the DIY/crafts, home decor categories.

Photo by Jeffrey Hamilton

Here's some of the neat stuff I've found (and they don't cost much to do!):

  1. I'll never look at binder clips the same way again. I want to poach every stray clip in the office and try this at home. (Just kidding, boss.)
  2. Plenty of low-cost recipes and DIY ideas from Money Saving Mom. Here's a fun one - making your own first aid kits by using sample, trial sizes.
  3. A search on "coupons" will render a lot of pinboards for familiar coupon websites like, and
  4. An adorable tiered serving plate made from candle holders and mirrors (both $1 each). Along these lines, plenty of other Party ideas.
  5. If you love to bake and want to gift your goodies, use CD sleeves for your big cookies.
  6. Need a baby shower gift? Give Mom-to-Be a onesie sundae.
  7. If you're packing light for your next trip, make travel/sample sizes of your toiletries.

Now I'm officially hooked. Tell me in the comments below what ideas you've found on Pinterest that have helped you save money. While you're there, check out AARP's Savings Tips Pinterest board.

Photo credit: Kanelstrand

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