10 Ways to Save Money By Sharing
You can do this in a variety of ways, from reserving a plot in a community garden to grow your own fruits and veggies to joining a car-sharing service if you only need an automobile for a few hours at a time.
|Sharing products with others instead of buying them outright for yourself can save significant money.|
Here are 10 of the more interesting things you can share to cut costs this year.
It's a dilemma every budget-conscious traveler faces: You want to see the world, but can't always afford to pay high hotel fees. If you don't already have a friend who lives in the area you're visiting, one option is to join a "home-sharing" service, which allows you to stay in the homes of other members for free or for a low membership fee.
HomeExchange offers more than 41,000 home-sharing listings in 144 countries, and you can take advantage of an unlimited number of exchanges for a membership fee of $9.95 per month. There are two types of exchanges: home and hospitality. Home exchangers trade their homes, condominiums or apartments at a time convenient for both parties (the Web site says that one exchanger traded his home for a 40-foot yacht, and another couple swapped their villa in Italy for an RV in Oregon because they had always wanted to tour the U.S. in true nomadic style). Hospitality exchangers, on the other hand, host each other in their homes at designated times. They stay with you as guests, then you go and stay with them as their guests.
Another home-sharing service is CouchSurfer, which has no membership fees and does not allow hosts to charge you to stay in their home. The service boasts millions of members in more than 230 countries and territories around the world, and does not require you to host someone first to be eligible to stay in someone else's home.
The concept of sharing books is nothing new (remember the local library?), but what is new is the fact that you can now share digital books rather than just those old paperbacks and hardcovers.
As we have reported, Amazon(AMZN) is allowing its Prime members who own a Kindle to borrow free e-books just as they would from a traditional library, and boasts a selection of more than 50,000 titles. To find eligible books, just bring up the Kindle Store on your device and select "Kindle Owners' Lending Library" as the category. The title will display the option to either buy or borrow for free.