10 Surprising and Bizarre Things You Can Rent

1. Pets


According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, caring for a small dog can cost as much as $1,314 in the first year. That’s a lot of money to spend on a furry, four-legged creature. To figure out if you’re the dog-owning type, consider pairing up with a local dog owner and take their pet for a walk or play date on a borrowing basis.

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2. Parking space


Commuting in a crowded city isn’t fun and neither is finding parking space once you’ve arrived at your destination. For consumers in car-friendly cities, websites like ParkingSpotter and ParkAtMyHouse allow commuters to park in designated spots. Costs vary, of course. But depending on what you’re paying at your local garage, it might be worth looking into.

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3. Baby gear


Thinking of traveling, but don’t want to lug all your expensive baby gear around with you? Websites like Baby’s Away provide quality baby equipment rentals for mommies and daddies. In New York City, for instance, you can rent an infant car seat for $54 a week or a full-size stroller for $8 a day.

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4. Garden


If you’ve got a green thumb but no garden, consider renting a garden plot. With community gardens growing in popularity across the U.S., you can rent plots for an annual fee, like $50 for 400 sq. feet. Be sure to search the Internet for information about the community gardens available near you. You can also check out the American Community Gardening Association’s database.

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5. Party supplies


Everyone loves a good party. Not everyone loves the costs associated with throwing a good party. Buying food, drinks, party supplies, and paying for entertainment isn’t cheap! Depending on how elaborate you want your party to be and the number of guests invited, party supplies can cost from $50 to, well, you’ve seen that MTV show “My Super Sweet 16,” right? One way to cut down on what you spend at your next soiree is to borrow your party supplies. There are a ton of websites out there, so do your research and find the supplies that best fit your budget.

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6. Solar panels


There’s no doubt that solar panels help save a lot of money on electricity. But they’re not cheap. According to one website, installing a medium-sized solar panel system would cost about $10,210 before tax credits and rebates. And that price doesn’t include installation costs. If you’re interested in solar power, there is hope. There are a number of energy companies that offer to “rent” or lease solar panels for a fraction of the cost of buying them outright. Costs vary depending on the type of system that’s installed and the length of your lease agreement.

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7. A friend


Hopefully you haven’t had to pay for any of your friends except in time and affection. But if for some reason you wanted a friend to accompany you to a movie or family event, there is a website that will connect you with a friend. The only catch? Pay the $24.95 membership fee to rent one of the more than 500,000 friends available for rent on the site.

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8. Camera lenses

Voigtlander Zoomar and Bessamatic Deluxe

Ever wanted to capture events like weddings and graduations with professional equipment, but without shelling out thousands of dollars? Websites like LensRentals.com and BorrowLenses.com allow users to rent lenses or camera bodies at a fraction of what it would cost to actually purchase the items. Considering that high-grade professional camera equipment can cost around thousands of dollars, we’d snap up that deal.

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9. A Christmas tree


Buying a Christmas tree each year sure is festive, but if you don’t have the time or energy to spend finding a tree, there are options. On the West Coast, companies like Living Christmas Co., the Original Living Christmas Tree Company, and Rent a Living Christmas Tree give joyful consumers the option of renting their own tree. Renting with Living Christmas Co. will cost customers between $25-$125 depending on the type of tree, plus delivery charges of $30-$60. Keep in mind that renting a tree isn’t necessarily cheaper than buying one. Buying a tree can cost anywhere from $20-$100 depending on the size and type of tree you buy.

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10. A casket


Funerals can cost up to $10,000 with caskets ranging from $2,000-$10,000 depending on the type of model you choose. Renting a casket can cost up to $1,000 less than buying one. A nice casket will be on display for the funeral, but a simpler box will be used to borrow your deceased loved one. Be sure to ask the funeral home where you’re having the service about the rental options.

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