7 Ways to Have More by Owning Less
by Maria Popova Inconspicuous consumption, or what lunching ladies have to do with social web karma. Stuff. The age of keeping up with the Jonses is over. Transparent user ratings, transaction histories and privacy controls make the sharing process simple and safe, while automated calendars and reminders ensure the safe return of loaned items. Give NeighborGoods a shot by creating a sharing group for your apartment building, campus, office, or reading group — both your wallet and your social life will thank you. UPDATE: Per the co-founder’s kind comment below, we should clarify that NeighborGoods also allows you to import your Twitter and Facebook friends from the get-go, so you have an instant group to share with. Similarly to Neighborgoods, SnapGoods allows you to rent, borrow and lend within your community. You can browse the goods people in your area are lending or take a look at what they need and lend a hand (or a sewing machine, as may be the case) if you’ve got the goods.