7 People-to-People Apps That'll Save You Money -- If You're Willing to Share

Side Car
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By Elizabeth Whittlesey

Welcome to the new "collaborative consumer economy."

The recent debut of start-up app SideCar highlighted a growing trend that's taking the technology world by storm. SideCar, developed by entrepreneur Sunil Paul and backed by investors such as Zynga (ZNGA) CEO Mark Pincus, is just the latest example of a growing number of ride-sharing services accessible by smartphone, joining the ranks of similar apps such as Uber, Lyft, and Avego already available via iPhone (AAPL) and Android (GOOG).

Essentially, SideCar allows you to find someone in your area willing to give you a ride; the app then displays a suggested fare based on local averages. Afterwards, both parties have the opportunity to rate one another, ensuring future users can avoid cheapskates and other less-than-desirable driving partners.

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Ride-sharing, however, is just one aspect of a new generation of people-to-people apps and websites. This basic concept is expanding into various fields, from housing to dining to finance. Here, a few examples of what's populating the collaborative consumer economy.

The recent debut of start-up app SideCar highlighted a growing trend that is taking the technology world by storm. Essentially, SideCar allows you to find someone in your area willing to give you a ride; the app then displays a suggested fare based on local averages. Afterwards, both parties have the opportunity to rate one another, ensuring future users can avoid cheapskates and other less-than-desirable driving partners.

Ride-sharing, however, is just one aspect of a new generation of people-to-people apps and websites. This basic concept is expanding into various fields, from housing to dining to finance.

Here, a few examples of what's populating the collaborative consumer economy.

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