The rise of collaborative consumption means consumers can drive their neighbor’s car, borrow a set of power tools, even rent out their unused vehicle or spare bedroom, saving money and conserving resources. Among the newest shareable items: eBooks.
New services are taking the car rental model a step further. Instead of using a fleet of Zipcars, RelayRides, WhipCar, Spride Share, and Getaround allow car owners to rent out their vehicles to their neighbors when they’re not in use.
Spring and summer are prime time for yard sales, so we turned to the experts for advice on cleaning out clutter at home – and making some extra cash in the process. Here are five tips for throwing a successful yard sale.
With unpaid furloughs, salary freezes, and lingering unemployment, 2010 was a tough year for many workers. Some were out-of-work for so long that unemployment benefits ran out, while others gave up vacation days and worked overtime to fill the shoes of their laid-off coworkers. Will 2011 bring a sunnier outlook and higher pay?
In November 2010, The Kardashian Kard and its accompanying fees generated so much negative press that it was canceled less than a month after its debut. The prepaid MasterCard was supposedly aimed at helping Kardashian fans learn money management skills. But Connecticut Attorney Richard Blumenthal and a chorus of other critics accused the product of “predatory fees,” including the $99.95 annual fee and the $7.95 monthly fee.
If you’re among the countless consumers who do their shopping the week before Christmas, you probably know that panicked feeling of trekking to a crowded mall, hoping they still have a few Justin Bieber CDs or whatever the “it” gift is on your list. But that’s not all you can do to reduce holiday shopping stress and overspending. Here are five additional tips on smart last-minute shopping.
Planning to pop the question this holiday season? Whether you’re planning a surprise for your bride-to-be or you’re going engagement ring shopping together, chances are this is going to be one of the biggest purchases you’ll make this year — if not ever. (And we’re not just talking finances, but emotions as well.)