4 Ways Pinterest Can Be Good for Your Budget
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Pinterest is always sending me mixed messages. I scroll down to see an amazing caramel brownie recipe and then it’s quickly followed by a picture of a woman with killer abs. Talk about whiplash. The same can be said about Pinterest and financial topics. On one hand, there are great articles that give you tips on how to manage your money, but then there are gorgeous pictures of expensive homes, tropical vacations, and over the top dinners.
Despite all the mixed messages, surfing Pinterest can be enjoyable, inspirational, productive and great for your budget if you use it correctly. The key is to let yourself dream without being swayed to go out and buy all the beauty you see displayed there. Here’s a few ways Pinterest has inspired me to stay on budget.
1. Success Stories
If you are looking for ways to save money, Pinterest has some amazing success stories. Because my husband and I have a lot of student loan debt, I love to read about people who got out of large amounts of debt quickly.
A quick search for “debt stories” yields examples of people who have paid off hundreds of thousands of dollars. The great thing about filtering Pinterest through a search is that most of the first page is going to be quite relevant, so you won’t be tempted by several pictures of Harleys, purses or in my case, gorgeous fall boots.
2. Free Templates
When it comes to budgeting, Pinterest usually shows you far more creative and unique budgeting worksheets than you would find in a typical Google search. Many of them are free (perfect for those on a budget) and come with instructions and a lot of inspiration too.
The budget worksheets you can find with a quick search of “budget templates” bring up a multitude of colorful and fun designs. Look in the descriptions of each item to make sure the one you select is free.
3. Investments for Beginners
Many people want to learn more about investing but they just don’t know where to start. Pinterest is a great place to look for that information because you can find several blog posts that are interesting to read and relatable rather than something that sounds like it came from the latest academic journal on investing.
Whether it’s a recommendation on the best investment books or just a simple explanation on what some of the more common investing terms mean, Pinterest has all those answers for you.
4. DIY Advice
Pinterest really started as a place for people to “pin” design ideas and DIY projects they wanted to keep. This means that if you want to save money by completing a home project by yourself, Pinterest is a great free resource! You can peruse thousands of DIY projects all the way from sewing your first dress for your daughter to installing an outdoor deck.
It’s a great place to go for inspiration, and you can get some ideas that you’ve never previously considered adding to your home.
Overall, I feel like many people think Pinterest is just for women or just for people who love design, but over the past few years it has developed into a powerful social network that covers a variety of topics, including money.
I love using Pinterest to learn more about finance and follow my favorite personal finance bloggers for advice of course!
Do you currently use Pinterest? Did you know they had so many articles about money on there? Where do you like to go for budgeting templates or money advice? How do you keep yourself from going crazy on Pinterest?