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Five Ways To Save Money On Commuting

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.

Car Pool

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.

5 ways to save on commuting costs. #gas #cashthechecks

Edwin is the money hacking millennial behind Cash The Checks. He lives a minimalist lifestyle and is always eager to learn and share his methods to save and make money.

  • MoneyAhoy says:

    Carpooling is a big one for me. I have a couple of folks I work with that live near to me. I really need to get serious and create a carpool for us so we can all save some money while we help the environment at the same time.

  • I was lucky enough to work 6 miles from my home for several years and biked to work during non-winter months. I would have to take a change of clothes during the summer and wash-up in the bathroom. I worked alone in a telephone switching office so it worked out. I rode the bus into the city for many years but grew tired of crowds and what you get from that. In the end I bought an old beater 1991 Honda Civic that I was into it $2500. It got 35 MPG, could park in small spaces, reliable, and is a manual transmission along with looking like crap so nobody messed with it. It was 1998 when I picked up this little eye sore and I still have it. Now I am early retired and it is my winter beater car.

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