Say the phrase "owning vs. renting," and you're likely to find yourself in a debate between the merits of a mortgage and a landlord. But that's thinking small -- these days, almost anything you can buy, you can also rent. This particularly makes sense when you're talking big-ticket party or home-improvement equipment, whether it's a big-screen TV, a steam carpet cleaner or a rototiller for your garden.
In a recession, families are looking to cut every little cost. And for white-collar workers who wear dry clean-only clothing to work every day, laundry bills can add up in a hurry. Fortunately, modern technology has produced some alternatives to expensive, in-store dry cleaning that could save you a ton of money.