Think about all the things that you own that don’t get used day to day, week to week, or even year to year. Other people could use them when you’re not and vice versa. It’s a new trend called the Sharing Economy being facilitated by the internet. And it’s a great way to save money, save space in closets, basements and garages, and lighten the load on the planet, too!
Share Your Ride
Looking to travel with a lighter footprint, save money, even meet new friends? Try ride sharing. Ride sharing programs like Carpooling.com are popping up everywhere. See Odile’s post Empty Seat’s in Your Car? Rideshare to Stop the Waste to learn more.
Thanks to internet technology, you can now even rent out your car when you’re not using it with RelayRides.com. You can also find a quick ride using an app called Uber. Using your phone’s GPS, Uber tracks down a certified driver in your area and gets you a ride. All the perks of a taxi without having to hail one down yourself.
And of course, you can always buddy up on your own at the line at the airport. That’s ‘Junky’ Jacquie’s M.O. Check it out in this post entitled, Anybody Want to Share a Cab?
Share With Your Building Mates
Turn your apartment building into a real community by promoting socializing, sharing, and other forms of cooperation. Share the leftovers. Create a Leave a Book, Take a book in the laundry room. Read about what ‘Junky’ Jacquie shares with her neighbors here.
Share Your Extra Space
Why own when you can share books and keep them moving so others can enjoy them, too? Start a Little Free Library on your own front lawn or in the breakroom at work, and encourage neighbors and co-workers to do the same.
SWAP, RENT, OR LEASE
Host A Clothing Swap
As we all learned in college, sharing clothing with your friends is the way to go when you’re on a budget and don’t have time to shop. But who says you have to stop clothes swapping when you graduate?
Rent Fancy Clothes
Going to a black-tie wedding or formal event, but you’re short on cash, closet space, or time to go shopping? Or perhaps you’d rather not contribute to the consumption of additional resources and energy by buying a new outfit? Enter Rent the Runway, the fast-growing start-up that’s like your best friend who always lets you borrow clothes, but now she has a much bigger closet and it’s filled with all the latest styles and accessories hot off the runway.
Rent Your Grad Gown
Instead of ditching it in a landfill or even recycling it. The greenest gown is the one that already exists. Why recycle when you can rent once and pass it along. Learn more at Greener Grads Biz Takes Graduation Gowns Back for Reuse.
Lease a Jean
Rather than shelling out $120 for a pair of jeans from the department store, you can now “lease” them from the new service, Lease a Jeans. The latest addition to the Sharing Economy, Lease a Jeans rents the jeans – which are always made from organic materials and produced by FairTrade companies – to you until you’ve had your fill, at which point you can return them and they’ll be re-leased or upcycled into other products. Repairs are provided for free and customers can keep the jeans for as long as they want or swap for a new pair.
Think outside that gift box and openly re-gift items to friends and family in the name of resourcefulness and frugality. We’re starting a new re-gifting tradition, by turning a rendezvous with old friends into a special occasion.Read Jacquie’s post, ‘Gift a Gift, Instead of a Re-gift.’ and Alison’s post, Regifting: The Perfect Excuse for a Post-holiday Party.
SELL OR DONATE
Sell Things Directly
Pass Things Along
Give your old possessions to others directly or indirectly, by taking things to the thrift store, consignment store, putting it in the Freebox, or on Freecycle.
Start your own Free Box in your neighborhood or apartment building like the one in Telluride, CO and be amazed at the treasures you can find — and feel good knowing that your own stuff will be put to good use.
Change the Way You Think of ‘New’
The next time you get the urge to buy something new, satisfy it by thinking ‘new to me’ instead of ‘newly bought’— and save a lot of money in the process. Vintage is in, so start shopping at thrift stores or shop at sites like Freestyleclothing.com.
‘Shop’ On the Curb
One woman’s trash is another gal’s treasure! Harvest furniture, kitchen pots and pans — just about anything — from curbsides. Start a ‘Curb Alert’ in your neighborhood like the one that exists at Brooklynian.com and really kick clutter to the curb!
Give Thrift Shops Another Chance
We know shopping for your kids can be frustrating at retail stores, let alone adding the extra challenge of shopping at a chaotic thrift store. But with Waste Watcher Sue Carr’s tips, you’ll be saving money and pleasing your kids all at once. Give thrift stores another chance and check out Sue’s article here.