Depending on how far you live from work, commuting can quickly add up and become very expensive. It can be frustrating to see a chunk of your paycheck go toward just commuting to and from work. Not only are there gas costs to consider, but also the wear and tear on your car that can result. If you’re looking for ways to cut down on your commuting costs, try the following:
Consider a fuel-efficient car
Gas is a significant expense to consider when it comes to commuting costs, so if your current vehicle isn’t very fuel efficient, you might want to consider switching to one that is. For optimal savings when it comes to gas, look into electric or hybrid options. But if replacing your current car isn’t something you want to do right now, there are still some other ways you can cut down on your gas costs. For example, make sure you always drive with an empty trunk. If you are constantly lugging around a lot of heavy stuff, and stuff you don’t really need to bring with you on a daily basis, it will cause you to burn through fuel quicker.
Look into public transportation options
A lot of cities offer a plethora of options when it comes to public transportation, so if you’ve been driving to work, you may want to look into what public transportation options are available for your daily commute. Depending on the cost and convenience, switching to public transportation could possibly save you both money and time.
If your lease is almost up and you’ve considered moving anyway, look into properties that are closer to work. Even if that area is more expensive to live in, you will recoup that extra money if it drastically brings down your commute time, and you’ll also have the convenience of having a much shorter daily commute. If you live close enough, you may even be able to just walk or bike to work.
Share rides with family or friends if they work nearby, or suggest a carpooling system to co-workers if any of them live near you. By splitting the cost of gas and putting less wear and tear on your own vehicle by not driving it as much, you can save a lot of money on your commuting costs.
Ask about alternate schedule options
With just about everyone having an Internet connection in their home, more people are working from home these days. Depending on what you do for a living, working from home might not be an unreasonable request. Even if you can just telecommute once a week, you’ll be able to cut down on your commuting costs. If telecommuting is out of the question, consider asking your employer about alternate hours. If you can adjust your schedule by just a couple hours so that it helps you avoid the major rush hour traffic (for example, coming in at 7am and leaving at 4pm), you’ll spend a lot less time sitting in traffic and wasting gas.
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Nothing above is meant to provide financial, legal, or tax advice. You should meet with appropriate professionals for such services.