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If you’re a social media user, you’ve probably already realized the money-saving benefits of Facebook and Twitter. Just follow or become a fan of your favorite brands, and you’ll gain access to exclusive coupons and discounts.

What you might not have figured out is that you can pin down some new ways to save money on Pinterest, too. Here are four ways to get some value out of this visually-driven online community.

Become a DIY home project master. While you might not get the in-depth instructions you would in a YouTube how-to video, you will discover some unique ideas for home décor and organization ideas with step-by-step visuals. You can find just about anything from turning an old cabinet into a coffee table, to cool wall art and frame ideas, to a gazillion uses for Mason jars.

Great recipe ideas and inspiration equals less take-out. While recipe sites are a staple on the Internet, on Pinterest you can create boards of recipes you want to try, as well as keep track of tried and true meal ideas. If you’re anything like me (a magazine recipe clipper who puts ideas in a folder and forgets about them), Pinterest might be a more effective way to keep track of go-to meals.

Party planning on a budget. While you may not have the time or patience to create the extravagant theme parties that some pinners do, you can still score some fabulous and frugal ideas for party décor, favors, clever food buffets, gifts, and more. If you have to plan a bridal or baby shower, or a kid’s birthday party, do a search, and you’re sure to find some inspiration.

Ideas for your at-home gym. If you cut your gym membership out of your budget, you’ll find tons of workouts you can do at home for every fitness level and goal. These moves go hand in hand with motivational quotes to keep you fit and focused.

Follow top money advice Pinterest accounts. You can find many great savings ideas, coupons and tips from some of the top money minds and companies online. A few pin-worthy favorites are Mint, The Krazy Koupon Lady and Living on the Cheap, of course.

What are your favorite Pinterest boards to follow for money-saving advice?

Dawn Papandrea

Dawn Papandrea is a freelance writer specializing in personal finance, parenting, and women's lifestyle topics. She's been a journalist for nearly 15 years, doing everything from editing to writing to blogging to social media management. Her work has appeared in, Family Circle,,, Parents,, The Huffington Post, and other national publications. She lives in Staten Island, NY with her husband and two sons. You can read her personal blog at, or follow her on Twitter: @dawnpapandrea.

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