Daniel wrote with the following story:
I work across town, which means I have to fill up my tank at least once a week. With the rising cost of gas, this comes to about $50 a week. What can I do, though? Work is too far to walk or ride my bicycle. Recently, while riding my bike, I was hit by a car. After the doc fixed me up I had my arm in a sling. This meant I couldn’t drive my manual transmission vehicle.
A coworker suggested the bus. What a revelation! With coupon books, the bus costs me $13.50 a week and I found a direct route which gets me to work about the same amount of time as driving. This saves me about $37 a week. It’s true what they: necessity is the mother of invention. Once my arm heals completely I going to continue to bus it.
Alternate transportation can be a real money saver. I’m always surprised at how many people never think beyond their cars. Especially if you’re looking to improve your physical fitness, look into biking to work or walking to the store. It’s easy to walk a mile to your grocery store, and then carry your groceries home in a backpack.
My wife rode the bus to work for several years. It took her an hour to make the commute and cost her about $50/month. If she had driven, she could have made the commute in half the time, but it would have cost her three times as much. For a couple of years, I tried to bike to work most of the summer. I did this for fitness, not for frugality, but the savings were a nice side benefit.
Often there are ways to save right under your nose. You just need to open your eyes to see them!
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