The Craziest Things You Can Rent (Including Grandmas)

March 31, 2012

These days you can rent everything from friends to designer handbags with the help of websites. There are many reasons to opt for renting rather than buying. It can be a great way to save money, especially if you don’t need the item for a long time. It can also be a more earth-friendly option. So whether you can’t afford to own something or just prefer not to here are some of the most unusual rental opportunities.

Rent Designer Clothing and AccessoriesChanel-Large-Shopping-Handbag

Whether you need some gorgeous jewelry for a special event or just want a high-end handbag to carry, there are rental options that will significantly reduce your out-of-pocket expenses as compared to buying the items. For instance, at BorrowedBling.com, instead of investing in a piece of jewelry you’ll only wear a couple of times a year, you can rent something superb.

There are three levels of membership which start at $ 29.95 a month. Each level allows you to borrow a certain number of items at a time, up to as many as you want each month. Need more than just jewelry?

Check out Bag, Borrow or Steal, a service that basically gives you access to a celebrity’s closet, for a small fee of course. Rent a Gucci bag for about $ 58 a week, or a Coach purse for around $ 19.

Rent Friends and Grandmas

Renting a friend may seem a little odd, but that’s exactly what you can do at rentafriend.com. The idea behind the site is to help you find someone to attend a social event with you, hire someone to introduce you to new people, or get someone to try out a new restaurant with you. Or if you need a babysitter, but don’t trust your teenage neighbor, check out rentagrandma.com. They can provide in-home care or even cook meals for you.

Rent Baby and Maternity Itemsbaby toy

Most women don’t wear out their maternity clothes—especially not the formal outfits. That’s why BellyBumpBoutique.com exists. You can rent formal maternity dresses for one-time use. You get the item for a week for a fee that depends on which dress you choose. Once the baby arrives you may want to check out BabyPlays.com, an online toy rental service. It’s a great way to save money, reduce clutter, and keep your child stimulated with new toys. You can sign up for one of several membership options that all allow you to choose the toys you want and keep them for a month or longer.

Rent Just about Anything Else

If you want to rent something from your neighbor, then ShareSomeSugar.com is a great resource. Locate anything from aerators to sewing machines simply by plugging in your zip code. Some items are available to borrow for free, others are offered for a small daily rental fee. If you want to try to make extra cash by renting out your belongings, try Rent-instead.com where listing items is completely free. It’s also a good place to find items to rent without paying anywhere near what you would pay to buy the item brand new.

Are You Renting for the Right Reasons?

Keep in mind it is best to only rent items that you know won’t get used much, and are too expensive to buy. If you think you may want to hold on to the item either for sentimental reasons, because you love it or because you want to use it over and over, then renting is not the way to go. But for items that you know will only be used once or twice it can definitely be a method to cut costs and keep unwanted stuff from piling up at your home.

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