I used to read blogs for fun. Now, the blogosphere is so cluttered that I turn to Pinterest for a refreshing browse.
Savvy social media users are no strangers to Pinterest, though the pinboard-style visual sharing site is still small enough that even an established publication like Money Magazine only has 320 followers, respectively.
Now is the time to take advantage of this rapidly growing social media site and start following the 10 best Pinterest profiles for money saving tips, tricks, and advice:
I was surprised to find just one board out of 40 devoted to coupons on the Coupons.com Pinterest page.
There were plenty of visual and money-saving treats, like the “Money Saving Gift Ideas” board, which suggested this birthday gift: Tie a balloon to a photo, one for each year. How sweet!
I also liked the “DIY & Craft Ideas” board. Overall, the profile is very nicely laid out with top-notch visuals.
The Bankrate Pinterest page delivers what it promises: “…tips and ideas that will make your life better on a budget!”
On the “Go free, save green” board I found basic recipes for making natural household cleaners and the “Thrifty, tasty eats” board had me running to the kitchen for a second lunch.
I immersed myself in the Discount designs board — I can finally afford to turn my home into a magazine!
There’s also more serious fare, like “Budgeting for babies” and “Raising financially smart kids.”
If you love all the money-saving advice on the Mint.com blog, then you’ll love Mint’s Pinterest page. I liked the “Saving $ in Style” board, which shared tips on how to negotiate medical bills and where to buy discounted gift cards.
Your eyes are in for a visual treat on the “All Things Minty” board, where all shades of green reveal themselves in everyday objects.
There’s no lack of practical personal finance advice, either. Turn to “Investing with Matthew Amster-Burton” or “All Things Credit” for a quick hit of financial acumen.
Where else are you going to find boards titled, “I got a BIG A** Deal” (aka: a bragging platform for bargain hunters) and “Ethical Dilemmas$$”, a board where it’s okay to ask whether shopping at thrift stores deprives those that are less fortunate?
Plus, there are freebies and frugal tips that are so practical you’ll actually stop ogling Pinterest and turn off the computer altogether.
Disclosure: I’m 100% biased, as this is my Pinterest page!
I got completely sucked into Coupon Mommie’s “Organizing” board.
Soda pop tabs create double hangars, wire pencil holders double as pantry shelves, cereal containers become car trashcans, and a simple wire clothes hangar becomes shoe storage.
Her board is full of genius ways to organize on a dime. Coupon Mommie, you have my vote.
I immediately fell in love with her boards: “What’s for breakfast?”, “Frugal Inspiration”, and “Teaching Kids About Money.”
Plus, there’s “Organization Genius”, “Kids Road Trip”, and “DIY Home Décor”.
If only I had all the free hours it would take to explore every nook and cranny of her boards!
The “MONEY Game Changers” board has pithy quotes, so you’ll learn something even if you don’t click the full article.
I daydreamed through the “Best Places to Retire 2012” board, visualizing myself lassoing mustangs in Kailispell, Montana and climbing mountains in Bellingham, Washington.
Money Magazine also has graphic-heavy boards, a nod to the publication’s original print format.
Krazy Coupon Lady’s 34 boards dedicated to money-saving advice can be overwhelming, but if you manage to stay calm, you can’t beat the savings.
I especially liked the “Extreme Couponing Basics” board and the “Family Time on a Dime” board.
And I won’t lie: I clicked on the boards for “Dream Checkout Boy” and “Supermarket Footwear.” What lovely eye candy!
With boards as diverse as “Freebies”, “Recalls”, and “Animals”, this Pinterest feed has plenty of savings tips, with a lot of fun thrown in.
Eight of the 25 boards are devoted to various aspects of saving money, so be wary of distractions.
There is also a board composed entirely of video tutorials, like a 4-minute video on how to price match at Walmart. I certainly learned something new!
I was almost turned off by the lack of glamour shots on her boards, but then I clicked on “Frugal Money Saving Ideas” and saw that this gal loves vinegar as much as I do. She uses it to refill her Swiffer cleaning bottles!
I was also inspired to build my own drying rack and make my own foaming soap.
Make sure to check out “Bulk Freezer Cooking Meals”, which has scores of easy dinner ideas that can be frozen.
It only makes sense that a magazine with rich visuals would have a delicious Pinterest page.
The magazine is at your fingertips on Pinterest, and if you don’t subscribe, I recommend browsing the content on Pinterest over wading through the mag’s homepage.
For saving money, the best boards are “New Uses for Old Things”, “Easy Decorating Ideas”, and “Real Simple Finds: Easy Entertaining.”
Beware: You may very well get sucked into buying a new couch if you browse “Inspiring Living Rooms.”
Julia Scott founded the money saving blog, BargainBabe.com.