Pinterest is a social networking site that allows users to create online image collections and get helpful ideas for DIY crafts, decorating, cooking, beauty tips and much more. It is free to use, there is no charge.

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How Pinterest works

For starters you can upload, save, sort and manage images, this is called a pin and these pins are saved to your pinboards. You save it to your own board using the "pin it" button and you can save your collections on Pinboards with other Pin followers.

The pinboards can be organized by themes, this makes it easy for others to follow. It also allows you to re-pin images to your pinboard and "like" photos. You can browse other pinboards for ideas and inspirations.

It brings users from all over the world together based on their interest. It is simple to follow and there are now over a million people using the website. Perfect for the person who enjoys a frugal lifestyle, cheap living or someone simply looking for save money tips.

Site History

The site was developed in December 2009. The site was founded by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp. Nine months later it was opened it amassed over 10,000 users, which is amazing since in the beginning it was a invitation only site.

By August 2012, they did not require invitations to join. The site seems to be more popular among women, it was reported in 2012 that 83% of the users were women and that 1/5 internet users are on it.

How to Benefit

There are categories to browse from, including Gardening, Food&Drink, Home Decor, DIY Crafts and many more. This makes it convenient to Pin something of interest now and then refer to it at a later date, so really it keeps all your ideas in one place.

For example, if you like DIY crafts you would pin the projects you would like to try to your pinboard. Then when you're ready to start your project you can return to your pinboard for easy access and quick reference.

If you like cooking, you can pin your recipes and keep them all on your pinboard under Recipe Box. Imagine being able to quickly reference a easy recipe you previously pinned? Now this is being virtually organized!

Final Word

Really, the site can be helpful to anyone such as teachers or students and even many business's are utilizing Pinterest as well. You can also link your site account to your Facebook and Twitter pages, there are also Apps for smartphones and tablets.

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I use this site to Pin interesting images for my Frugallivingforlife followers to follow.

This truly is a site that will not only inspire you with save money tips or cheap living ideas, but will also help you find solutions to problems you never even realized you had.

This site is perfect for those seeking a frugal lifestyle!

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