We all know that commuting can be expensive. It’s not just the cost of gas; it’s also the wear and tear on your car, plus the hours spent in traffic.
It doesn’t have to be this way, though!
There are lots of ways to save money when you commute…if you know how.
This blog post will give you six ideas on how to stretch your dollars when commuting.
Shop For The Best Gas Prices
One of the highest costs in commuting is gas. The more you drive, the higher your fuel bill will be each month.
This can easily add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollar per year, depending on how often you commute and where you live.
If multiple people in your household commute to work every day, then it’s easy for this number to skyrocket.
Fortunately, there are ways to cut down on this cost that doesn’t involve giving up your job!
The best way is to shop for the best gas prices in your area. This can be done using websites like GasBuddy or apps available through your phone’s app store.
Once you’ve found the best prices near you, only fill up at those stations and save yourself a ton of money.
Consider Driving Less Or Working From Home
Many people commute daily because they have to in order to get to work.
But you may have some options to cut back on your commuting hours.
Check with your employer to see if working from home is possible. When you work from home, you can save money on gas and wear and tear to your car. Not to mention the environmental benefits.
Carpool With Colleagues
If you drive to work every day and it’s the only option available for you, then carpooling is always a great idea.
You can find colleagues who live nearby and join forces with them so that each of your cars makes fewer trips on the road throughout the week, which means less wear and tear on both vehicles.
This also helps reduce the amount of gas you use daily, which can be really beneficial if you’re struggling to stretch your dollars.
Buy A Motorcycle Or Scooter
Depending on where you live, a motorcycle or scooter may be a great option for commuting.
While it’s not the most comfortable way to travel long distances every day, if you only have a short commute then riding your bike can save tons of money in gas and wear and tear.
If this is an option that interests you, check out local dealerships so that you can find one with the best price point.
Keep in mind that riding motorcycles can be dangerous.
During my previous career as a Radiologic Technologist I saw several motorcycle accident victims with serious injuries, and in almost every case it wasn’t their fault. Car drivers simply didn’t see the motorcyclists in time to prevent an accident.
Knowing this, it might make sense to keep the contact details of skilled motorcycle accident attorneys on your phone, as motorcycle accidents are a reality.
Use Public Transport
If possible, consider using public transport when commuting.
Depending on where you live, public transport can be very affordable and is available in most places.
Using public transport can also help your productivity and mental health by giving you an opportunity to spend that time doing something productive or fun like listening to podcasts or audiobooks.
Avoiding the frustrations of driving in traffic can also help reduce your stress and improve your mental health.
Buy A Car With Better Fuel Efficiency
If you don’t want to give up commuting by car, then consider buying a more fuel-efficient one.
This might not always be possible in all cases, depending on the type of work that you do and where you live, but it’s definitely worth considering if you do a lot of commuting.
Fuel efficient cars can often have a higher up-front cost, so do the math for your own situation to see how long it’ll take you to break-even on the fuel costs.
There are many ways to cut down on your commuting expenses – carpooling, driving less, and buying a more fuel-efficient vehicle to name a few.
The most important thing is that you get creative with how you commute to save money while still having reliable transportation to help you get around when you need to.