A friend once told me she planned to buy a snowblower.
My first thought was, “Why?”
She lived in a fairly mild region that, in some years, doesn’t get any snow at all, let alone enough to require mechanical intervention. She had three healthy teenagers at home, and shovels are much cheaper.
Plenty of purchases that seem like great ideas at the time wind up as costly clutter. Maybe you’ve seen a friend with a garage or storage unit jammed with stuff they don’t use but can’t seem to get rid of. (If you’ve got one of those yourself, check out “Have Too Much Stuff? 10 Ways to Cut the Cost of Self-Storage.”)
What follows are examples of tools and equipment it’s smart to rent as needed rather than buying them only to curse the cost later.