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Most of us have rented cars or hotel rooms, but what about renting textbooks, fitness equipment or even a wedding dress? There are many things available to rent that you’ve probably never considered, but renting rather than buying can be a real money saver; especially for things you only use occasionally. You should also consider renting as a way to try before you buy when contemplating a large purchase.

Take a look at this list of things you probably didn’t know you could rent.  

Sports & Fitness Equipment

We’ve all heard about (or seen in our homes) the treadmill or stair climber that slowly morphs into a very expensive clothing rack. Instead of getting stuck with a piece of pricey fitness equipment that might not be right for you, try out a few different varieties by renting them first. Many retailers also offer sports equipment to rent. Renting rather than buying gives you the freedom to find an exercise or activity you know you’ll keep doing, even after the novelty wears off.


Buying books can take up a huge chunk of a starving student’s budget. And with publishers constantly pumping out new editions, they typically lose a good chunk of their worth over the course of the semester, so selling them back doesn’t do much good. Next semester, trying renting your textbooks instead. Renting can save you up to 70% or more over purchasing. Visit to learn more.

Camping Gear

Let’s go camping! It sounds like a great idea. Until you realize you don’t have a tent, or a camping stove, or sleeping bags or anything else you need to make camping safe and fun. Buying all of it in one fell swoop could set you back hundreds of dollars. You’re better off renting it the first time you go, then deciding if it’s something you’ll do often enough to warrant investing in your own equipment.

Wedding Dresses

While renting the groom’s tuxedo has been common practice for years, the bride is expected to walk down the aisle wearing a dress she’s paid hundreds — if not thousands — of dollars for. A dress she’ll never wear again, and that will most likely go into storage forever. Instead, rent the dress for a fraction of that cost and spend the money on the honeymoon. Check out Rent the Runway or Borrowing Magnolia to see the huge range of styles available.

Power Tools & Hand Tools

If you only do occasional household projects or repairs, there’s no reason to invest in expensive tools when you can rent them instead. Most big box home stores offer rental options and there are businesses solely dedicated to renting tools as well. You can also check to see if friends or family will let you borrow what you need.

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