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7 Best Peer to Peer Commerce Sites for Making & Saving Money

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7 Best Peer to Peer Commerce Sites for Making & Saving Money

In the internet age, it’s possible to enjoy an unprecedented variety of luxuries and creature comforts without having to buy from a business.

Just take AirBnB, which allows you to rent other people’s homes when you travel – or Uber, which lets anyone with a mobile phone and a car drive others around for money. Both services have been extremely successful because they’re an affordable – and often better – option than hotels and taxis.

And that’s what “Peer to Peer Commerce” is all about: getting goods and services directly from other people and businesses. What most people don’t know, however, is just how many apps let you participate in Peer to Peer commerce. Below are our favorites for 2016.

A few of these apps and sites are completely new; several became significantly more popular this year; all of them are definitely a fun way to make and save money.

1. Dog Vacay

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    Going on vacation? Wondering where you’re going to leave your dog?

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    You could take your pet to an expensive doggie hotel, where it’ll live with dozens of other dogs…or you can save money by leaving your favorite canine with a caring, loving dog-sitter while you’re away.

    You can schedule to get daily photographs of your dog playing, going outside and getting love from the people it’s staying with. Cool, huh?

    2. Turo

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      Turo – previously Relay Rides – allows users to rent their neighbors’ cars via a convenient online website and mobile app.

      This means you can get a car when you need it, and get access to a large S.U.V., a jeep or even a sports car without having to own one. And if you’re a car owner, you can make money by letting others use your car when you don’t need it for yourself.

      3. TaskRabbit

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        TaskRabbit lets you hire people to run small errands, from grocery shopping to fetching coffee to your office from Starbucks.

        Now you can feel like Meryl Streep in the Devil Wears Prada – minus the aggressive demeanor – without having to hire a full-time personal assistant! Even better, you can trust more complex tasks – from cleaning and moving to home repairs and handyman work – to TaskRabbit contractors…

        And, of course, make a side income in your free time while doing chores for other users.

        4. Amazon Marketplace

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          Surprised to see Amazon on this list? Don’t be!

          Amazon Marketplace allows businesses and individuals to sell their goods to each other. With eBay traffic falling significantly over the last couple of years, Amazon Marketplace is the hot new platform for P2P commerce.

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          And if you do end up enjoying how the platform works, you can easily transition from selling things you no longer need to running your own business with services like Fulfilled by Amazon.

          5. Fon

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            Have you ever been in an unfamiliar city without an internet connection? Have you ever wished you could use one of the many password-protected WiFi networks around you?

            With Fon, you can!

            Fon is a little different from the other businesses on this list because it’s more about sharing than P2P commerce. It lets you use other people’s WiFis in different cities around the globe in exchange for them using yours.

            Having said that, I love the idea behind Fon – and couldn’t not include it on this list.

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            6. Spinlister

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              Doing sports when you’re on vacation is fun. Unfortunately, some kinds of sports equipment – snowboards, high-end mountain bikes, surfboards – can be extremely expensive to buy, and difficult to take with you on vacation.

              Spinlister solves this problem by letting you rent sports equipment from other folks when you’re abroad or at home. With users in 100+ countries, this is a great way to connect with locals and do your favorite sport without overpaying.

              7. JustPark

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                Tired of trying to find a parking spot near your home or job? Consider paying your neighbors – or the nice folks who live close to your office – to use theirs instead with JustPark.

                Users report saving 60% on their parking fees on an average – not to mention that, in cities like New York, JustPark spots are often an alternative to circling the same block for hours, trying to find someplace to leave your car.

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                33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

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                In a difficult economy, most of us are looking for ways to put more money in our pockets, but we don’t want to feel like misers. We don’t want to drastically alter our lifestyles either. We want it fast and we want it easy. Small savings can add up and big savings can feel like winning the lottery, just without all of the taxes.

                Some easy ways to save money:

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                1. Online rebate sites. Many online sites offer cash back rebates and online coupons as well. MrRebates and Ebates are two I like, but there are many others.
                2. Sign up for customer rewards. Many of your favorite stores offer customer rewards on products you already buy. Take advantage.
                3. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. The extra cost up front is worth the energy savings later on.
                4. Turn off power strips and electronic devices when not in use.
                5. Buy a programmable thermostat. Set it to lower the heat or raise the AC when you’re not home.
                6. Make coffee at home. Those lattes and caramel macchiatos add up to quite a bit of dough over the year.
                7. Switch banks. Shop around for better interest rates, lower fees and better customer perks. Don’t forget to look for free online banking and ease of depositing and withdrawing money.
                8. Clip coupons: Saving a couple dollars here and there can start to add up. As long as you’re going to buy the products anyway, why not save money?
                9. Pack your lunch. Bring your lunch to work with you a few days a week, rather than buy it.
                10. Eat at home. We’re busier than ever, but cooking meals at home is healthier and much cheaper than take-out or going out. Plus, with all of the freezer and pre-made options, it’s almost as fast as drive-thru.
                11. Have leftovers night. Save your leftovers from a few meals and have a “leftover dinner.” It’s a free meal!
                12. Buy store brands: Many generic or store brands are actually just as good as name brands and considerably cheaper.
                13. Ditch bottled water. Drink tap water if it’s good quality, buy a filter if it’s not. Get 
                    a reusable water bottle and refill it.
                  • Avoid vending machines: The items are usually over-priced.
                  • Take in a matinee. Afternoon movie showings are cheaper than evening times.
                  • Re-examine your cable bill. Cancel extra cable or satellite channels you don’t watch. Watch the “on demand” movie purchases too.
                  • Use online bill pay. Most banks offer free online bill paying. Save on stamps and checks, and avoid late fees by automating bill payment.
                  • Buy frequently used items in bulk. You get a lower per item price and eliminate extra trips to the store later on.
                  • Fully utilize the library. Borrowing books is much cheaper than buying them, but in addition to books, most local libraries now lend movies and games.
                  • Cancel magazine/newspaper subscriptions: Re-evaluate your subscriptions. Cancel those you don’t read and consider reading some of the other publications online.
                  • Get rid of your land-line. Do you really need a land-line anymore if everyone in the family has a cell phone? Alternatively, look into using VOIP or getting a cheaper plan.
                  • Better fuel efficiency. Check the air pressure in your tires, keep up with proper auto maintenance, and slow down. Driving even 5MPH slower will result in better fuel mileage.
                  • Increase your deductibles. Increasing the insurance deductibles on your homeowners and auto insurance policies lowers premiums significantly. Just make sure you choose a deductible that you can afford should an emergency happen.
                  • Choose lunch over dinner. If you do want to dine out occasionally, go at lunchtime rather than dinnertime. Lunch prices are usually cheaper.
                  • Buy used:  Whether it’s something small like a vintage dress or a video game or something big like a car or furniture, consider buying it used. You can often get “nearly new” for a fraction of the cost.
                  • Stick to the list. Make a list before you go shopping and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list unless it’s a once in a lifetime, killer deal.
                  • Tame the impulse. Use a self-enforced waiting period whenever you’re tempted to make an unplanned purchase. Wait for a week and see if you still want the item.
                  • Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask to have fees waived, ask for a discount, ask for a lower interest rate on your credit card.
                  • Repair rather than replace. You can find directions on how to fix almost anything on the internet. Do your homework, and then bring out your inner handyman.
                  • Trade with your neighbors. Borrow tools or equipment that you use infrequently and swap things like babysitting with your neighbors.
                  • Swap online. Use sites like PaperBack Swap to trade books, music, and movies with others online. Also, look for local community sites like Freecycle where people give away items they no longer need.
                  • Cut back on the meat. Try eating a one or two meatless meals every week or cut back on the meat portions. Meat is usually the most expensive part of the meal.
                  • Comparison shop: Get in the habit of checking prices before you buy. See if you can get a better price at another store or look online.

                  Remember that saving money is not about being cheap or stingy; it’s about putting money into your bank account rather than giving it to someone else. There are many ways to save money, some you’ve never thought of, and some that won’t appeal or apply to you. Just pick a few of the ideas that sound doable and watch the savings add up. Save big, save small, but save wherever you can.

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