Commuting can be a considerable expense. The cost of fuel alone can be a challenge for many to fit into the budget. However, there are options available if you’re willing to be creative and flexible. Consider all your possible solutions and choose the one that best fits your circumstances.
Try these ideas to lower the cost of your commute
1. Put on your walking shoes. Walking is the least expensive way to get where you want to go. No gas to buy or chains to oil. All you need is a pair of shoes. Obviously, you’ll need to live close your destination. Walking is also great for your health.
2. Get a bike. Bicycles are used all over the world, from third-world countries to the most cosmopolitan of cities. You’ll not only save money, but you’ll also get in great shape.
3. Buy a scooter. It’s like a skateboard with handlebars. They’re not very convenient if you have to carry much, but if you have a light load they can be a fun and inexpensive way to get to work or class.
4. Ride a Segway. They’re not cheap, but they cost less than a car and don’t use any gas. Most models will go around 25 miles on a charge. You could also wear a suit while operating one and not arrive at work a wrinkled mess like you might on a bike.
5. Carpool. The above options might not be feasible unless you live relatively close to work. Ideally, you have someone nearby that works with you. The key is to find someone with a similar schedule that is reliable and willing to split the costs and the driving.
* Otherwise, you’ll have all the wear and tear on your car and not have the benefit of being the passenger. On days when the other person drives, you could work or simply relax.
6. Take the train. Trains can be an economical way to get to work if you’re trying to get into the city. They can also be very time effective. Many now have Wi-Fi access and provide enough room to really get some work done. If you work on the train, you might not ever have to do any work at home.
7. Ride the bus. It helps a lot if your housing and destination are on the same bus line. Getting a monthly pass can really boost your savings and you might be able to do away with a car all together.
8. Take the subway. Buses stop every couple of blocks, but the subway is pretty direct. In the city, it’s frequently the fastest option, and the price is right.
9. Get a Vespa. These motorized scooters, or what used to be called ‘mopeds’ back in the day, are a light version of a motorcycle. They’re fast enough for most non-highway roads and extremely fuel-efficient.
10. Use a more fuel-efficient car. When it comes time to purchase a new car, be sure to consider fuel efficiency as part of the equation. Do the math and you’ll be surprised how much you can save over the course of a year.
If the cost of getting to work or school is getting you down, you have several options to ease the strain. The solution is to examine all the available options and choose the one that makes the most sense. There is always an answer if you take the time to look.