Pinterest! What’s your opinion of this popular social media platform?
I have caught myself spending way too much time perusing the pins and boards in awe the laundry room as big as my living room and the Frozen birthday party ideas that must have taken 4 months to plan, but for the most part it has been a huge asset in my money-saving toolbox.
I refer to my Pinterest boards on a weekly basis when I’m creating my menu and here’s why I think you should too.
How to Use Pinterest to Save Money on Groceries
1. Pinterest is A Gold Mine for Money-Saving Grocery Tips
After my How to Save Money on Groceries post…;)…the next best place to find easy money-saving grocery tips is Pinterest. Do a simple search on a topic or follow my Grocery Budget Tips board where I regularly pin tips that I find around the web.
2. Use Pinterest to Search by Ingredient
Honestly, Pinterest is the only search engine I use when I’m looking for recipes. As I plan my menu each week, I review the sales flyer and if I see a good sale on an ingredient, like pork chops or asparagus, I’ll search Pinterest for easy recipe ideas.
Also, if you have an odd ingredient and you’re not sure what to do with it, simply search the ingredient in Pinterest’s search bar. You’ll instantly have many pinned ideas with pictures to help you find the perfect recipe.
3. Create A Virtual Recipe “Binder” of your Family Favorites
Now that our kids are older and we’re more mobile in the afternoons and evenings, my meal plan has become more consistent. I make an effort to try one new meal every week or two, but for the most part, I stick to tried and true recipes that are easy to make and please the entire family.
To keep these recipes all in one location that is off the counter and easy to find, create a Family Favorites board and pin your family’s favorite recipes that are consistently in your menu rotation.
4. Create a “Meal Plan Rotation” board
To make meal planning easier, I created a ‘Meal Plan Rotation‘ board of all of the meals that my family likes and that I make on a regular basis. In the past, I had these recipes scattered on my many food boards, but now they’re in one place. Isn’t that the whole point of Pinterest…LOL!
If I find something new that I’d like to try, I add it to this board. If we like the recipe, it stays, but if we don’t like the recipe, I delete the pin. I still have many food boards, but lately, I rely on this board the most.
Meal planning is the #1 way I save money on groceries and Pinterest saves me a lot of time and dollars each week.
Are you on Pinterest? Do you find yourself using Pinterest instead of Google for searching the web?
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This post is Day 12 of 31 Days to Slash your Grocery Spending
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