5 Questions to Ask Before a Big Purchase
After reading this, you'll know whether you should click "buy"—or hold off for now.
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Question #3: Do I need to own it?
Yes, you have to have it, but that doesn't mean it must be yours for life—and renting isn't just an option for homes, cars and fall wardrobes
. Some big-ticket items, such as solar panels
, power tools you only plan to use once
and even original artwork
, can be terrific values when rented instead of bought. Sharing is another option, too, especially if you live in an urban area, where all kinds of share programs are popping up lately, from bikes
to backyard vegetable gardens