Wouldn’t it be nice to find a way to loosen up your budget a bit each month? Think of all the things you could do with a little extra money: pay down debt, save, or put more toward your 401(k). If only there was an easy way for you to cut back on expenses or earn some extra money. Good news: there are many websites out there you can use to help improve your finances. Whether you’d like to stop spending as much on household goods, or want to rent out some of your items to earn a little extra income, there’s a site out there for you. Take a look at these five sites, designed specifically with your finances in mind.
With this site, you can save money and resources by sharing stuff with others. If you’re trying to cut back on expenses, you can check NeighborGoods to see if someone, like a friend or neighbor, has an item that you could either borrow for free or, in some cases, for a small fee. This works best for items you don’t use very often. For example, if you’re taking on a project that requires some tools, or perhaps a big ladder, using this site is a great idea; there’s a good chance you won’t need those items after the project is finished, so why spend money to have them lie around? On the flip side, you can also use this site to earn money. If you have items that people are looking to borrow, you can charge a fee to lend them your household items. Care2 writes that some of the more popular offerings on the site include power tools, party furniture (chairs, grills), Christmas decorations, vacuum cleaners, bicycles for short trips, books and sports equipment.