Most of us have to work to support ourselves. If we were lucky we are born into families where working as an adult is optional, but that is obviously not the case with 99% of people.
One of the worst parts about working is the commute. You know what I’m talking about: the slog to get to work alongside everyone else who is making the same slog to their job. Even worse than the traffic is the unexpected and sometimes shockingly high cost of the commute. Gas is killer for staying within a budget, not to mention wear and tear on your car, oil changes, parking, etc.
Commuting by car is the go-to method for many working individuals, but you may want to consider other options, which can save you money.
Here are 5 ways to save money on commuting costs.
If you live 3 or less miles from work, you may want to consider walking as a commute option. It may not be an option you can implement year-round, weather depending, but is by far the cheapest commuting option available. Three miles may sound like a lot, but it is not. Three miles will take a healthy person at s medium rate about 45 minutes to walk. You can use that time to listen to music, podcasts, books on tape, or simply day-dream. If you work in an office job, you may find that you enjoy the time spent after sitting at a desk all day stretching your legs.
Biking to work is a great option for people who live 10 miles or less away. First of all, biking is really, really fun. Starting your day off with the wind in your face is a wonderful method for waking up and enjoying the weather. Also, biking to work is like getting free exercise. You would have to get to work someway, why not make it a way in which you can get a small workout in at the same time. Biking is also great for the environment. Bikes obviously put out no emissions, so you’re doing your small part in reducing CO2 in the atmosphere.
Take A Bus
If you live in a city with a bus system, look into the various bus stops and routes to see if it would work for you. Buses are a great option for a commute because they tend to very cheap and easy. The best part about taking a bus if that you can use the commute time to read the paper, catch up on emails, or if you dare, take a quick nap. If you were driving a car you would need to be focused on the road, which would make this “lost time”, essentially.
Chat with your coworkers and see if anyone lives close enough to be interested in doing a car pool system. This will reduce commuting costs for a whole group of people, and it will mean less cars of the road which will mean less traffic for everyone. It will also mean less wear and tear on each individuals vehicle, since ideally the role of driver in the car pool will rotate out each week.
If you’re job allows it, get rid of your commute completely and use the power of the internet to telecommute. Even working from home once or twice a week can make a big impact on your commuting costs.
How have you been able to cut down on your daily commuting costs? Share your ideas with our readers and let us know in the comments section below.