Pinterest sparking a do-it-yourself trend for consumers
It's one of the fastest growing web sites and some are calling Pinterest their latest obsession. But what you might not know is how much money you can save just by visiting the site.
"I was like oh my gosh, this is the best thing ever in the world," said Kelly Carney.
Kelly admits she was skeptical at first about Pinterest.
"I was like another site to join, like I don't have time for this," said Kelly.
But after one trip to the site, she was hooked. There's everything from fashion to recipes, home decorating and beauty tips. You can find it all in one place. One section Kelly spends the most time on is where all the do it yourself ideas are. Being on a strict budget she says all those recipes are saving her some cash. Those recipes have nothing to do with food.
Tired of paying the $30 price tag for store bought detergent, Kelly searched Pinterest for a recipe for homemade detergent and gave it a try. The cost for the ingredients was just $10.
"A tablespoon of this each load will probably last me three or four months," said Kelly.
Once her friends heard, they also wanted to try it and using another tip from Pinterest, she handcrafted it as a gift.
Kelly found a framed chalkboard she loved on Pottery Barn for a hefty $150. But a Pinterest idea sent her to a salvage yard where she found an old cabinet door and with a little sanding and paint it was done. All in all it cost her about $40.
She saved $100 by making her own laundry sorter and the list goes on and on. All together hundreds of dollars in savings by simply making it yourself.
Pinterest became the fastest growing web site of all time. In February alone it drove more people to retail sites than Twitter, Google Plus, Linkedin and You Tube combined. Click here to check out Pinterest.