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02/06/2013

Interest in Pinterest?

Pinning. It's one of the most popular and fastest growing Internet obsessions, with a reported 10.5 million registered users doing it daily.

So what's the big interest in Pinterest?

According to online market watchers, anything and everything, especially when it comes to DIY projects. Here you can find tips on everything from how to plan your own wedding to how to make your own drain cleaner.

But, do any of these miracle cures, quick fixes and money-saving tricks actually work outside the blogosphere?

"What Can Davis Save Us?" decided to put some of the more popular DIY money-savers to the test.

First up, a healthier lifestyle is a goal for a lot of folks these days, but the buzz words, "all natural," "organic," and "green" can be a real buzz kill when you see the cost: $15 for laundry detergent? $10 for an all natural bathroom spray cleaner? Then there's food. All natural snacks, while good for you, can leave a bad taste in your mouth when you take a peek at the grocery bill.

But according to millions of "pinners," being healthy doesn't have to come with a healthy price tag.

A quick search reveals dozens upon dozens of posts on how to make everything from all natural soaps and cleaners to protein bars and fruit roll ups, and all with products you can easily buy in your grocery store.

  One blogger shows how you can even make your own laundry detergent for pennies instead of quarters a load!

And the trendy, high-end French-labeled cleaners found in those fancy cooking stores?

You can make those, too! Labels and all! Saving the environment, your family's health and money all at the same time!

And most are safe enough to eat!

Speaking of eating, there are millions of pins for all natural snacks for kids and the health conscious. Protein bars, snack bars, fruit chews, granola complete with how-to instructions, once again claiming you, too, can spoil yourself without spoiling your diet or your budget.

While you're cleaning your diet and your counters, why not clean out your cupboards?

Organizing is the best way to clean out the clutter, and studies say living in a more organized home is less stressful and therefore more healthy. Plus, it's easier to clean!

But who needs all of those fancy bins, baskets and bottles from those fancy catalogs and Internet sites?  You got it. You can do it yourself with a little help from some creative friends. That's right! In the DIY world, recycling is being kicked to the curb! Now, it's all about "up-cycling".

Haven't heard of it? Well you will. And odds are, you and even your grandparents have been doing it for generations.  Use old baby food jars for screws? You've up-cycled!  A shoe box to hold old family photos? Yep. You got it. It simply means taking something you might otherwise throw away and using it for another purpose. Move over Martha Stewart, and take your pricey spice jars with you. You can get the same look at a fraction of the price.

All this month, "What Can Davis Save Us?" will help you live clean and green on the cheap. All it takes is a little mixing, chopping, gluing and, oh yeah, pinning!

Who says housework can't be fun?

 

 

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