Web/Tech

The Best Sharing Economy Ideas

I like to make money on things I already do or already posses.

Being a glorified taxi driver (Lyft or Uber) doesn't do much for me!

 Why not just rent your bike, surfboard, or skis

Put up a tent in your backyard and rent it (great for cities that have lots of big events/concerts in the summer)

Folks always need tools, why not share them

And your car sits in the garage/driveway for at least 14 hours, rent it. RelayRides or Getaround


Bucket List of Frugal Websites

  • Ready to start seeing the world? It's smaller than you think, when you go via the COUCHSURFING Project. Use this site to find people who are willing to host you on their couches!
  • Get the face value for hard-to-get sports, concert and theater tickets at cashortrade.
  • Live Music Archive offers thousands of live shows for free.
  • SIMPLEDOLLAR hasa step-by-step guide to getting your credit card interest lowered.
  • Are you renting? This neat tool lets you see if you are paying too much. It is called RENTOMETER and is so simple to use!
  • Want to cut back on your household expenses? THISOLDHOUSE.COM has a list of 50 DIY tips for your house, each of which can save you between $50 and $500 apiece.
  • When is the best time to buy …? Learn the day at the cheapest day to buy certain items.
  • Tired of buying toys only to see your kids get bored with them? Try RENTAL TOYS for a low monthly membership fee.
  • Discount women's, men's, and kid's shoes, plus clothing, handbags, & accessories can be found at 6PM.COM.
  • WOOT is an online store that offers 12 products each day at substantial savings.
  • GOODSEARCH.COM is a search engine that donates half its revenues to the charities its users designate. Yahoo powers it, so results are pretty good. Just 500 people searching 4 times a day can raise about $7,300 in a year!
  • THEHUNGERSITE is another great way to give to charity just by clicking.
  • Look for money a relative left you or perhaps an account you simply forgot about at MISSINGMONEY & UNCLAIMED
  • Get cash for old or unwanted gadgets at GAZELLE.COM. The site pays for any tech item, no matter how old, and provides free shipping. UK residents try envirofone.
  • The FREECYCLE Network is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Their goal is to reduce waste by connecting individuals who are throwing away goods with others who are seeking them.
  • BIRTHDAYFREEBIES is the premiere place for finding birthday freebies, birthday offers, birthday specials, birthday deals and even birthday party venues from local and national businesses.
  • Want to save tens of thousands of dollars? Read how you can save $20,000 In 1 Year.
  • Be sure to visit the PROPERTYROOM for incredible savings from this police auction online.
  • Get all the information you need on federal recalls at RECALLS.GOV. A joint project of several government agencies, the website lets you search for product recalls and sign up for email alerts.
  • Avoid speeding tickets by utilizing this cool DATABASE OF SPEED TRAPS
  • Check out the E-Justice Blog at CRIMINALJUSTICEUSA. The website has a list of 100 free do-it-yourself legal resources that can be found on the web.

2 great ways to save on printer ink!

Did you know that with a scant 17 milliliters of ink in some cartridges, you end up paying about $2 for a few dribbles or about $8,000 per gallon! :-((

  • Use ecofont. It uses 20% less ink than standard fonts (thanks to the holes) yet looks very professional.
  • Use the print what you want bookmarklet. Web pages are notorious for graphics and Google ads, so why not cut them out. This is really an incredible piece of software and I use it all the time.

 


eBay versus Craigslist

When selling your stuff online, choosing to list on ebay or Craigslist, can be the difference between boom and bust. Here are a few tips to help you determine which site is best for your situation.

Before you list anything, consider three major factors. First, location, location, location. Ebay opens up your listing to a global market, which is perfect for antiques, rarities and the latest electronics. However, if you're selling items that are too big to ship, you should stick to Craigslist. Buyers can pick up large pieces themselves, which allows for a more seamless transaction.

Next, think about how quickly you want to turn your item from a listing into a payment. With eBay, unless you're lucky enough to get a "Buy It Now" buyer, you'll have to wait days for the auction to end before the sale can be completed. If you want your money quickly, Craigslist is the better choice for a fast turn around.

Finally, and most importantly, consider your payment options. Ebay sales are usually settled through PayPal accounts, and since the site takes a small fee per auction, items with smaller price tags may not be worth it. With Craigslist sales, though, you can generally request a cash payment on the spot, which means no lost fees.