When we were children we were taught to share. As adults, it is important to take care of ourselves and our careers. Are these opposing lessons? No. Both are important and necessary. One can share combining the act of helping others while helping yourself. Sharing is a two way street. You give and you receive. The only obstacle is whether you decide to participate or not. The following sites provide some interesting and useful ways to share.
Babies and young children outgrow clothes quickly. Why not share clothes with other parents whose children are outgrowing their clothes. ThredUp allows you to do this. In their own words,
“Browse our list of thousands of boxes full of preloved kids clothes & toys – just $5 (+ $10.95 USPS shipping). Get your box delivered to your doorstep in just a couple of days.
Post your own box of preloved clothes/toys your child no longer wears on thredUP. It takes just minutes to list out the great items your kids no longer use.
When another member picks your box, send it 100% free of charge. We provide boxes, postage, and even schedule the pick-up.” – http://www.thredup.com/how-it-works
I love books and book stores love me. I could spend a day in a book store and leave with many purchased, new, and sometimes expensive books.
Take a moment and think about a book’s life cycle. Some books you keep. Many however, are read once and then thrown in the trash. Why not share your books and receive books from others. That is the idea behind BookCrossing. In their own words,
“It’s the World’s Library. It’s a smart social networking site. It’s a celebration of literature and a place where books get new life. BookCrossing is the act of giving a book a unique identity so, as the book is passed from reader to reader, it can be tracked and thus connecting its readers.
There are currently 930,750 BookCrossers and 7,988,349 books travelling throughout 132 countries. Our community is changing the world and touching lives one book at a time.” – http://www.bookcrossing.com/about
Can I borrow a cup of sugar? When I was growing up, my neighbors shared. If my parents were not home when I came home from school, a neighbor took care of me, made me dinner, and so on. We were a community. Today, I question whether neighbors really take the time to get to know each others. Or maybe in this digital age, social networking software is what is needed for us to get to know our neighbors.
NeighborGoods is a social networking site that makes it easier for you to share stuff with your neighbors. In their own word,
“Why buy when you can borrow? Before you rush off to the hardware store for yet another tool you’ll only use once, search NeighborGoods! You’ll save money, and maybe even meet a new friend.
Your neighbors are sharing party supplies, movies, games, costumes, etc. Browse through the inventory and you might find something you didn’t even know you wanted to borrow!”
Do you like freshly, grown vegetables and fruits? Do you have a large yard but don’t have the time or the green thumb necessary to grow your own food? Do you have gardening skills but no land? SharedEarth has the answer. In their words,
“If you’ve got the space and a desire to see things grow, take a few minutes to fill out a Garden Profile… – http://www.sharedearth.com/user/register/garden
If you need space and have a desire to help things grow, take a few minutes to fill out a Gardener Profile…” – http://www.sharedearth.com/user/register/gardener
Sharing can be fun and it can save you money. You’ll probably feel good about it also.