Pinterest Envy

February 12, 2012 in Shopping

I got a Pinterest account months ago, but I’ve only been using it for a week.  My biggest fear about becoming an active Pinterest user was that “pinning” would become my new favorite way to waste time.  While my time-wasting fear was totally warranted (an hour on Pinterest goes by really quickly), the real danger of being on Pinterest is the envious consumer that it brings out in me.  I see things on Pinterest and get the urge to bake, craft or buy them.

Case in point, I saw these Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip cookies and I had to make them…immediately.

 

They were just as amazing as they looked in the picture, but I was disappointed in myself for not sticking to my usual rule of buying only items that are on sale at the grocery store.  Not waiting on Double Stuf Oreos to go on sale isn’t a big deal, but I can see the urge to buy new clothes, shoes and things to decorate my apartment getting stronger if I spend hours looking at my Pinterest board.  I’m typically good with being satisfied with what I have, but I think the increase in my need to buy new clothes and try out new recipes is directly related to spending time in Pinterest.

The website is a great way to bookmark great ideas and pretty things, but it can get out of hand when you want to make those things a reality.  My church is doing a series called Comparison Trap and it resonated with me when our pastor said “you find yourself emotionally competing with people you don’t even know.”  We once tried to keep up with our neighbors, but now there’s the temptation to keep up with the great fashion and decorating skills of people we’ve never met online.

My pinning days aren’t over, but I’ll be sure to keep my lusting over things I know I don’t need in check.  Feel free to follow me on Pinterest and call me out if I start obsessively buying or baking the things on my boards.

What do you think about Pinterest?

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Melissa Say What? February 12, 2012 at 11:30 pm

I guess I started out with so many pins that there is no way I could keep up with them financially. I’d literally have to win the lottery. I have one real “I want, I want” board. I use it as an all-in-one to do list, but I don’t have to do it all TODAY. Then there are a few dozen nifty idea boards and/or wishful thinking boards for when that time comes! For me, it’s likely another time wasting tactic at least for now. I’m just a few weeks away from resolving a stressful, but potentially super awesome situation and then I can start doing some of the things I’ve pinned!

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Single & Saving February 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm

I love your idea of categorizing your boards into realistic and wishful thinking. It’s a good reminder to know that those pins don’t have to be accomplished right now. I hope that your super awesome situation works out well!

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Jamie February 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I just pinned your sweet potato fries. I made them last night and they were delish! (Owen would have loved them too, I’m sure, if he could have tasted them. This pesky cold has him eating nothing but fruit and peanut butter sandwiches.)

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Single & Saving February 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I’m glad that you liked the sweet potato fries! I hope that Owen feels better soon.

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