When I first discovered the wonderful world of Pinterest, I felt like I had stumbled in to the most beautiful magazine that never ended.
With just the click of the mouse, I could find thousands of beautiful projects and amazing products. It was amazing.
And the more I looked at the social bookmarking site, the more I compared myself to others. What was once a beautiful diversion for me, began to depress me.
Why can’t my home look like that?
That woman is so organized. I wish I could be more organized.
What a clever idea for the kids! My kids played video games all day. I’m a failure.
I realized that all that negative self-talk needed to stop. It wasn’t healthy for my self-esteem, and it certainly wasn’t healthy for my budget.
I realized that I am unique, and I have my own set of talents and skills, and constantly comparing myself to people with completely different skills from me is a total waste of energy.
I love seeing beautiful homes and gardens. I enjoy being inspired by creative meal ideas and clever home organization. But instead of feeling like I have to keep up with all of those great things, I’m inspired to improve my life on my terms. I remind myself of the skills I do have, and the time and money I have to invest before I tackle a project I find on Pinterest.
And you know what? I’ve noticed a shift in my attitude toward Pinterest. Instead of lamenting all that I don’t have in my life, I’m using Pinterest as an educational tool to help me learn how to flex my creativity to save money.
There are so many good resources on Pinterest for those trying to save money – Recipes, homemade cleaners, frugal gift ideas, DIY projects, to name a few – and it has inspired me to continue to do more with less.
So if you’re tired of keeping up with Pinterest, and you want to share ideas with a frugal-minded soul who is just trying to live well for less, then please follow Northern Cheapskate on Pinterest. Some of what I post here is shared there, but a lot of my pins are amazing things I’ve discovered from other frugal folks.
We can all learn from each other, and we don’t have to suffer the emotional (and financial) costs of keeping up with Pinterest perfectionists. I hope you’ll join me.