4 Ways To Stop Wasting Your Paycheck on Your Commute
Everyone has done the following calculation at least once: If my commute is 20 miles round trip and I work 5 days per week, how many days am I working just to get to and from work? The answer here is often frightening. Most people work an entire day per week just to fund their commute. With gas prices hanging out in the go-for-broke territory, perhaps it’s time you tweaked a few things so that you can keep more money in your pocket and not burn it into the ozone.
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Wake Up Early
This may sound like a death threat
but if you’re stuck on the road during rush hour in the morning, the fuel you are wasting switching from the brake to the gas for prolonged periods of time adds up to more trips to the pump. If you can hop out the door before everyone else, not only will you save gas and always be at work on time, you don’t have to start the day with the anxiety and frustration of traffic which translates to a happier, more productive work day. As a reward for being at work early, ask your boss to let you off early so you can beat the evening rush to save even more. Win win.
Tweak Your Tires
Car part manufacturers have finally gotten the memo. Today’s consumers are much more Eco and budget-savvy than their SUV-driving predecessors. As such, there are many car parts currently on the market that are specifically designed to be more fuel-efficient. If your tires have worn thin, consider buying fuel-efficient tires. The technology here is related to reducing rolling resistance and the redistribution of energy back into the tire (as opposed to releasing heat into the air). These innovations, along with the use of recycled materials and better tread design, all contribute to the fuel-efficiency of your vehicle and can amount to huge savings over the lifetime of these tires.
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If you’re looking to buy a new car anyway, consider dropping off the gas roller coaster altogether by purchasing an electric vehicle. Chances are this thing is going to be small and pretty ugly, but saving money and the environment simultaneously should make those superficial worries insignificant. With an electric car, you don’t even have to waste gas to drive to the pump (since there is no pump). All you do is plug that sucker into a charging station and you’re set for miles and miles. Electricity is insanely cheaper than gas. Just to give you an idea: If you drove a 2012 Honda Civic in D.C for 10,000 miles per year, driving an electric car would save you approximately $1,100 in gas costs annually. That’s a big deal! In addition, since electric cars have fewer moving parts, you will also save on maintenance costs as well.
Bike it Out
Now this one is a double saver. You can cancel your gym membership and get your quads burning during your work commute instead. A bike is a cheap initial investment that saves you money, burns calories and pumps out zero emissions. Of course, biking to work will require a few adjustments (namely, figuring out how to not be sweaty all day) and isn’t for everyone. But if you’re in reasonable shape, work within a few miles of your home and have no serious medical conditions, get yourself peddling to save some major cash.
There is no reason to be enslaved by high gas prices. Minimize your trip to the pump or circumvent that smelly station altogether and you will find more green in your wallet after each work day.Do you have any tips on saving money on commuting? Don’t be obvious either! Do not say carpooling or pubic transportation!