Pinterest packed with smart ideas to save

Shannon Brigham, Charleston Savvy Shopper

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I'm becoming more and more inspired with, a relatively new social media site that is growing in popularity.

The invitation-only social media site launched in 2010 and is basically a virtual pin board, allowing members to share ideas about anything and everything of interest to them.

I have gotten so many awesome penny-pinching ideas from this website.

Here are just a few money-saving tips I was able to find on

--Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

--Store opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. They will last longer.

--When you buy a container of cake frosting, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. This will double its size and you can frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

--One way to keep your dryer working for a long time (and to lower your monthly electric bill) is to take out the filter and wash it with hot, soapy water and an old toothbrush at least every six months.

--Make your own shower cleaner by heating 12 ounces of white vinegar in the microwave. Add 12 ounces liquid dish soap. Pour the mixture into a squirt bottle

--Also, to make your laundry detergent last longer, add a tablespoon of baking soda to the load and use half the detergent. Baking soda is a soap booster and is inexpensive.

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