“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good”, declared Gordon Gecko in the 1987 blockbuster ‘Wall Street’. The film was pure eighties, when rampant consumerism was the mark of success, but a lot has changed in thirty years and ‘Generation Rent’ – as twenty and thirty-somethings are often known – have a lot less money to play with. Everyday things that their parents took for granted are now hired or subscribed to, as young people demand services that fit in with their need to cut financial corners and take less risks.
Simply, it’s safer when you can quickly switch on and off. For many, long-term financial commitments, such as mortgages, are out of their reach anyway. The priority is to live low-cost and save cash for ‘the new essentials’ – travelling widely and enjoying fun experiences. But if you’re not ready to part with your DVDs, still prefer vinyl to Spotify, or have Marie Kondo’d your home and want it to stay that way, there are plenty of other services out there that not only save you money, but also offer really positive ways to get active, meet new people and do some good. We’ve selected a few of our favourites.