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10 top tips for a right royal celebration ..

April 20, 2011

 

There’s nothing better than a Royal Wedding to bring people together for a good ol’ fashioned knees up and with this April 29th being declared a national holiday, millions of people all around the UK will celebrate this landmark occasion together. Family, friends, neighbours and even perfect strangers will feel as one as we share this special moment with William and Kate.

Whether you’re planning a street party, heading to London or having fun with family at home, here’s ten top ‘money saving’ tips to make your bash a right royal success ..

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Royal wedding street parties are a tradition in England as the entire country is mesmerized by this momentous event. So if you’re planning a party there are lots of things you might need to help your day go with a swing.

Tip 1: From music systems to games to play, spare chairs to gazebos use Ecomodo to borrow the things you need for your party directly from your neighbours, friends and work colleagues.

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Millions of people will be heading to London and line the wedding route to try to catch a glimpse of our future queen.

Tip 2: Wherever you’re travelling from –  if you need a lift or have spare space in your car check out GoCarShare. Save money by sharing the petrol costs and make new friends along the way.

Tip 3: If you need to travel by car but don’t have one use Whipcar to simply rent one from a neighbour. And if you have a spare seat, share your journey on GoCarShare and help others join in the fun.

Tip 4: London is going to be very busy so if you’re looking for somewhere to park – find spaces all over town at Parkatmyhouse.

Tip 5: London hotels are expensive. A cheaper alternative is to stay with a friendly local expert. Search Crashpadder to find 100’s of room all over London at very reasonable rates.

Tip 6: Want to get a good view of our future queen? Borrow a stepladder on Ecomodo direct from a London lender and save carrying one all the way there.

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Royal wedding celebrations wouldn’t be the same without bunting in abundance and decorations galore and the Easter holiday’s are a great time to get the kids being creative. So get crafty, turn everywhere red, white and blue and make your decorations.

Tip 7: Freegle is a great way to find things in your neighbourhood that people do not want any more. From old clothes and scraps of material it’s easy to turn waste into WOW! And a cheap way to make beautiful personalised decor.

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Make it a family affair and bring together every generation to share this momentous occasion is a lovely way to create everlasting memories. But do you have everything you will need?

Tip 8: Use Ecomodo to borrow everything you need to host your family from inflatable mattresses, large pots, plates and even chocolate fountains directly from your neighbours.

Tip 9: If you can’t fit everyone in, use Crashpadder to find a spare room from someone locally.

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Whether your planning a posh do, a fancy dress party for the kids or even a hat competition at a street party, why not dress up! It’s a fun way to make the day very special.

Tip 10: Borrow dresses, tiaras, hats from people nearby on Ecomodo or upcycle an old outfit with things you find on Freegle.


Image borrowed from: treehouse1977 | FLICKR | Creative Commons

six great ways to share ..

March 18, 2011

Over the past few months we’ve met lots of interesting people doing interesting things. Together we are part of a new movement called ‘Collaborative Consumption‘.

Nobody explains this better than Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers whose new book What’s mine is yours – The Rise of Collaborative Consumption describes the rapid explosion in swapping, sharing, bartering, trading and renting being reinvented through the latest technologies and peer-to-peer marketplaces, in ways and on a scale never possible before.

From cars to chocolate fountains; spare cash to spare spaces, here’s six ways to start sharing your assets .. right here in the UK!

At Zopa.com you can lend and borrow money directly with other people – they’ve arranged £125m in loans so far! And because it’s ‘person-to-person’, you get better rates than you would from the banks, so everybody wins except the fat cats.

Worried about petrol prices? Got a long journey planned? Share car journeys with your friends and social network through Facebook with goCarShare: a new, green and cheaper way to travel. Drivers and potential passengers can add requests for free here.

ParkatmyHouse.com helps reduce the cost of parking by connecting drivers to home and business owners willing to rent out their underutilised parking spaces. Drivers can save up to 75% compared to commercial car parks near stadiums, airports, train stations and local high streets.


Crashpadder.com is a global homestay community. With Crashpadder, hosts earn money from their spare space, while travellers benefit from budget-friendly, sociable accommodation. Crashpadding is the perfect alternative to hotels – after all, there’s no place like homes! Find out more.

With WhipCar you can now make money whenever you are not using your car. Get paid for renting your car to sensible drivers nearby while Whipcar take care of all the hassle. See how much your car could earn here.

From tiaras to tents, spanners to sewing machines, use Ecomodo,com to save £££’s by borrowing things you need from people near you. Confidently lend your own stuff for free, a fee or for charity. Join the marketplace of good returns.

lets reinvent christmas .. together!

December 14, 2010

“In 2008, £1.7 billion was spent on unwanted Christmas presents. The equivalent to £36 per person and 46% of us are still hoarding ours a year later.” Fact borrowed from Ebay and YouGov.

Each year Christmas is a costly personal challenge for everyone. In pursuit of keeping the dream alive we all spend money making ill informed guesses about what others may want. This results in an average of expenditure on presents of approx £500 per person, and yet more stuff collecting dust in people’s houses before eventually seeing the light of day at a car boot sale 5 years later.

Ecomodo has another idea that can benefit everyone, the environment and keep the Christmas spirit alive throughout the festive season and beyond. We want to reinvent Christmas.

Our proposition is that you don’t spend money on others and buy just one present for yourself. If everyone bought one present of something they really want and make it available to others to borrow, you would give everyone you know access to more stuff than they could imagine.

Your present to yourself could be a new tool, a tent, a kitchen gadget, a surf board, a special dress or perhaps even a learning a new skill such as massage or floristry. Everyone gets at least one thing they love, no-one spends more than they can afford and everyone has access to loads of new stuff which will inspire them to try new things and save them money. If we all spent £500 on our ‘one present’ and if we assume that most people would willingly lend to approx 30 people around them this means that on December 26th everyone would have access to £ 15k worth of new stuff to make our lives easier or more fun.

Already, people all across the UK are lending their everyday objects, skills and spaces for free, for a fee or for charity. By using Ecomodo’s lending circles it’s really possible to reinvent Christmas, simply set up a circle, invite the people in your life to join and get everyone to add their ‘one present’ to share.

And it needn’t stop at Christmas. You can add all the other stuff you have lying about and help create a fantastic community resource ready to be enhanced every Christmas. Keep the Christmas spirit alive all year round and help the people around you.

More interesting Christmas over consumption facts borrowed from Do the Green Thing

meet the shop-olutionaries ..

December 14, 2010

Joining Vintage Fair, Rag Trade and Rent you Rocks, Ecomodo is re-inventing the way we shop and changing our habits for good. Read our interview in this month’s issue of Red Magazine (January 2011) – Why buy when you can borrow? – I love that we appear under ‘retail therapy’

your shed : everyone’s treasure trove

July 4, 2010

Is your shed a haven or just the place to hoard a heap of stuff? Whatever the answer, this week it’s time for a bit of shed love.

For those who haven’t heard of National Shed Week, it’s an annual event in it’s fourth year that brings together “Sheddies” from around the world to show off their sheds and compete for the coveted “Shed of the year” award amongst other things. The competition, run by Readersheds covers sheds of all shapes and sizes and this year’s entries include workshops, eco-sheds, summerhouses and pubs. And if like me, you’re a fan of Dr. Who there are even Tardis sheds.

At Ecomodo.com we love sheds. Sheds are full of all sorts of lovely things that are very useful but unfortunately may not get used too often. But now you can make your shed become the treasure trove of your neighbourhood.

Using Ecomodo.com you can lend out everything in your shed to the people that live nearby.  You can choose to lend for free, to make some extra cash for yourself, or fundraise for a charity or good cause.

If your shed contains: DIY or garden tools, ladders, kayaks, bikes, tents, spare chairs or even kid’s stuff in storage for the 2nd born to grow into; then lend it out and help others save money by borrowing instead of buying the things they don’t need often.

You can also choose to lend the shed itself and help someone out with a bit of temporary storage, to fix up a bike, or complete a woodworking project. Or share your “sheddie” skills and lend a hand to someone nearby.

OK. I know what you are thinking. “I’m not sure I feel comfortable lending out my stuff”.

If you are a little concerned about lending your stuff, Ecomodo can help you lend with confidence. You can set up a lending circle for your friends, neighbours, work colleagues or people you know from a local club or pub and invite them to join. You can then choose to lend your stuff to everyone or just people in your lending circles. Alongside this you can opt to take deposits or insurance for extra peace of mind.

Lots of people in the UK are already opening up their sheds for the common good and starting to lend hedge cutters, lawnmowers, jet washers, shears and strimmers to name a few.

So whether your shed is the pride of your household or just a depository for your stuff, let’s get your shed earning its keep. This week, show a your shed a little shed love and spend some time sifting it. Take a photo of anything you think would be useful for someone else to use, and add it to lend on Ecomodo.com.

So .. what’s in your shed?

every budget has a silver lining ..

June 23, 2010

It’s tempting at budget time to jump straight to the calculators to work out what the effect is for your personal finances. Once you’ve done that, stand back take a broader look and you might see some new opportunities there. Here are 5 we’ve thought of ..

  1. From January 2011 people will buy less because of the VAT increase. An increase in demand for second hand goods is great news for people that use Freegle to get rid of stuff, for those who sell their unwanted things on eBay and for people who use Ecomodo to make money by lending out their seldom used stuff to people who prefer to borrow instead of buy.
    People who bring forward purchases to beat the VAT increase in January 2011 can use Ecomodo to lend out their new stuff, helping others less able to spend, and making back some of the purchase price.
    This renewed interest in the longevity of stuff will also drive a resurgence in repairing which can only be a good thing for the environment and jobs.
  2. Many families will have less disposable income. Don’t fret, it is easy to live a rich life without riches.
    Most families have stuff lying around which can help make up the shortfall through being sold or lent out, and friends, neighbours and colleagues probably have most of the skills, spaces and stuff they need to achieve their goals for far less money.
    Ecomodo can reveal these possibilities in a community.
  3. Charities and other good causes will find it harder to convince people to part with their hard earned cash.
    There is an ever increasing set of innovative ways to continue to donate without taking money out of your pocket. Charities can raise funds from entirely new sources such as web searching, exchanging currencies and community resource lending.
  4. With pay freezes and the national insurance increase, morale in communities and workplaces will be low. People will feel blue. But there are some reasons to feel good.
    Times like these make us find other ways to achieve our goals by making better use of the resources around us. If that ends up bringing communities together and reducing our environmental impact that is a good thing.
  5. Budget cuts across Government departments are likely to impact environmental and social projects. The onus moves to communities and citizens to work together to make a difference creating the Big Society. Will the emergency budget really kick start Big Society?

Meriel Lenfestey, co-founder of Ecomodo believes strongly in society’s ability to adapt. “The rise in social enterprise and community focus places everyone in good stead for the years ahead. Society and attitudes will need to change… but for the good. Good for pocket, good for planet and good for people“.

Come and join Ecomodo today .. www.ecomodo.com

mr osborne .. can we borrow your briefcase ?

June 21, 2010

Budgets don’t need to be all about higher costs, cutbacks, abolishing hopes and dreams. We think we’ve found a magic way to cut back expenditure BUT STILL deliver more.

We are slashing our budgets by 80%… but we plan to live 150%.

Allowances

Holidays: Instead of spending £250 on a set of camping gear for the weekend away, spend £50 borrowing it from people around you and discover a common interest in rockclimbing with Stephanie from work.

Home : Reduce the cost of making those shelves from £200 for tools, down to £40, and pick up some great tips from Geoff the handyman down the road.

Hobbies: Try out jewellery making before rushing out to buy the wrong tools in excitement. Save yourself £100 in the process and learn far more than the books had taught you from Steve the guy down the road who did a course in silversmithing… Who knew!

After factoring in similar reductions in party, visitors, spring cleaning, special events and all other allowances we find that we’ve saved nearly £1000 and a whole load of embodied carbon. We have lived a richer life, we have new friends and we’ve got the jobs done faster and better.

Look at all the items you can borrow today on Ecomodo, and post a wanted ad for anything you don’t find.

Income

Shed: We will be increasing income from seldom used tools and gear from £0 to £100.

Loft: We will source a new income from the dusty stuff in the loft of £150.

Me: It turns out I’m worth £150 and few beers in advice to get neighbours online and keep them there.

Everywhere else: Looking in all cupboards, under the beds, in the kitchen, in the garage and in the self storage unit it seems that we have an income of £500 waiting to be discovered, an unmeasurable amount of social equity and once again many friends to be made. Be inspired about what you can lend with our suggestions.

It seems that if all the parents at my son’s school do this and donate only 10% of their new income the school could make an extra £15k. If this money is donated to charity we will do some giftaidery pokery and magic it into even more. Find out more about fundraising on Ecomodo.

This is a modern day alchemy.


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