7 Tips for Taming the Costs of CommutingAnna Newell Jones
If you have to commute a distance to work each day, the associated costs can really add up at the end of just one week. The cost of gasoline can easily become overwhelming so it is important to do what you can to keep commuting costs within your budget.
Here are 7 ways to commute without a huge price tag:
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Maintain Your Vehicle 2 of 8
If you commute in your personal vehicle, make sure to keep up with regular service appointments. A vehicle that runs inefficiently will waste gas and will be susceptible to costly breakdowns. It is important to keep up with oil changes, tire services, and engine tune ups to make sure your vehicle is able to get you there and back.
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Share the Ride 3 of 8
If you have friends or relatives that work nearby your job or co-workers that live in your area, it can save you a lot of money and vehicle wear and tear if you share rides to work. Carpooling has become a popular way for people to handle the commute more cost-efficiently. Sharing rides means you also share the cost of gas and traveling expenses. If no one around you carpools already, suggest it to those that may be interested.
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Leave Earlier 4 of 8
You may be wasting gas and damaging your vehicle because you are always in a hurry to get to work. Driving aggressively because traffic has you running late is a changeable habit. Start leaving earlier for work in the morning or change your route to miss the high traffic areas. You'll be able to conserve gas and do less harm to your vehicle in the long run.
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Go Public 5 of 8
It may be a bit more of a personal hassle but taking public transportation can save you a lot of money. See if the cost of monthly transportation passes is less expensive than your fuel and vehicle maintenance costs and plan accordingly.
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Carry Your Own Essentials 6 of 8
Sometimes the extra spending associated with commuting is what ultimately blows your budget. Stop hitting the drive-thru and convenience stores for your morning coffee and breakfast burritos. Pack snacks that are healthier and more affordable in an insulated bag. Brew a pot of coffee at home and fill up a thermos. You can cut out hundreds of dollars in a year by eliminating these unnecessary commuter expenses.
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Move Closer to Work 7 of 8
This may sound like a stretch, or even an impossibility, but if you can move closer to work you will save considerable amounts of money. If moving it's possible then see if working from home a day or two throughout the week is an option.
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Bike In 8 of 8
Look into what bike route you could take into work. You might be surprised to find that biking in to work is far easier than you imagined.
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