Everyone is searching for new ways to save money and decrease expenses. With that in mind, new stores and online sites have been opening to rent items for consumers who do not want to invest in the purchase of things they only need for a short time. From textbooks to designer gowns, you can now rent things that you only need to use once or for a short time. However, some items you should continue to purchase because renting those items will cost you more than the value you will receive.
College students and home school students may be familiar with selling their old textbooks at the end of each year or semester; however, renting textbooks is even more cost effective. Chegg is on an online site that offers textbooks for rent.
Places such as Rent-A-Center will rent you a laptop or computer; however, often you pay more than the computer is actually worth by the end of the rental agreement. Furthermore, by the end of the rental agreement the technology will be outdated. You can often find better deals on computers and laptops online at sites like GottaDeal or TechBargains.
Baby furniture and other gear is another item you should just buy instead of renting. Deals can be found at second hand stores or yard sales better than rental stores. However, the exception would be renting baby gear for travel. The cost of flying strollers and pack-n-plays is more than renting the items at your destination. Check out Baby Travel Pros for help renting baby items when you travel or call the hotel you are staying at and inquire about renting items from them.
Power tools, pressure washers, yard tillers, backhoes and other large items that you may need only once per year are cheaper to rent than to purchase. Check with you local hardware store, Lowes or Home Depot. You can often rent them by the hour or by the day.
You can rent designer dresses and clothing from Wear Today Gone Tomorrow for about 10% of the retail value of the garment. When you have that special, once-in-a-lifetime event to attend, rent the Catherine Malandrino dress and use the money you saved for a day at the spa so you look great in the dress.
The same goes for the jewelry, handbag and accessories to go with that great dress – rent them from Avelle. Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Kenneth Jay Lane, Tiffany & Co. can all be rented for a fraction of the actual value of the item.
Furniture is another item you should try to purchase rather than rent (unless you need it for a one-time event). Furniture is affordable and you can often find great deals at second-hand stores and wholesale stores. Craig’s List, eBay and other online sites are great places to find gently used furniture at bargain prices.