Pin-Tested

Our Frugalista Amrita Singh joined us to test the most popular frugal living tips from Pinterest and shared her results!

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A Quick Pinterest Primer

Pinterest is a fun bookmarking system. Whenever you find something on the web that you want to keep, you can add it to your Pinterest account. All of the things you pin can be organized onto boards so everything is easy to find and will always link back to the site where it originated. You can check out the Steven and Chris account here! You can also search through Pinterest and see all the pins other people are collecting, then decide which one you want to add to your board.

Here are the results after testing some of the most popular pins. 

Upcycled Tie Necklace

Upcycled Tie Necklace

The claim: This is an upcycled tie necklace! One crafty blogger decided to make use of ties she had found at the thrift shop. This was her solution. Turn it into a funky collar statement jewelry piece.

Here's what you need...

  • Old ties from the thrift store or your man's closet
  • Straight pins
  • Thread and needle
  • Decorative button

Cost: A few dollars for the tie and button. 

Verdict: It works... choose a tie pattern that works with the rest of your wardrobe. 

Cons: Ties are notorious germ holders, so be sure to disinfect yours before you start this project.

No-Sew Accent Pillows

No-Sew Accent Pillows

An oldie but a goodie. This pin has been around for a long time — nearly one of the first posts on Pinterest.

The claim: These are no-sew accent pillows! This is a frugal way to wrap your accent pillows for a quick decor refresher. Use a gift wrap technique to totally transform the look of your existing pillows.

Here's what you need...

  • Old/existing accent pillows -- ideally they are square
  • One yard/meter of fabric
  • Flat surface working area

Cost:  It depends on the fabric, but if you use something from home it can cost nothing. Or just grab some pieces at a fabric sale and spend $5.

Verdict: It works! A really simple wrapping technique that almost anyone can master. The beauty is you can flip the pillow over to the smooth side if you prefer that look. Amrita likes the idea of having pieces of fabric for each season and just switching them out as the year rolls on.

Cons: Not all kinds of fabric will work. Aim for a mid-weight material that's sturdy enough to hold a shape, but soft enough to pleat when you tie the bow.  

Grow Green Onions

Grow Green Onions

This is a very popular post with the frugal foodie set. 

The claim: Grow your own green onions! Here's a way to save money on buying green onions, by growing your own.

Here's what you need...

  • Green onions (starter bunch)
  • Glass jar

Verdict: This is a great one for the non-gardener. Cut off the ends and use the bulbs to regrow new green onions. 

Cons: A bunch of green onions only cost 50 cents so there's not too much of a cost savings for your efforts. 

DIY Nail Polish Remover Jar

DIY Nail Polish Remover Jar

Beauty pins are super popular on Pinterest and one has recently been pinned by many, many, many people.

The claim: This is a DIY Nail Polish Remover Jar. This ingenious DIY'er posted a picture tutorial showing everyone how to make your own nail polish remover jar for fraction of the cost of store-bought. It's also getting harder to find these jars at the stores so this is way to solve that problem too.

Here's what you need...

  • Sponges
  • Small glass jar
  • Scissors
  • Nail polish remover

Cost: About $2 for the nail polish remover, sponges and glass jar. All from the dollar store.

Verdict: It works like a charm! Use a tougher sponge on the bottom to really get a deep scrub on your nail with softer sponges on top if you just need to take off a light coat of polish.  

Cons: Inhaling the fumes when putting it together and opening the lid for the first time!

 

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