When I lived in France during college, I did not own a car. I either walked or took the bus, metro, or train wherever I went. It was a fun lifestyle and one that was unencumbered by gas prices, car repair, or foreign traffic.
But, life is different in much of the United States and public transportation is not the main mode of movement. However, it’s a wonderful opportunity to save a few bucks. Recently FishPapa was doing some math regarding his daily commute. Installing new tires on his truck definitely increased his gas mileage. But, last time I checked, gas is never free and I’ve not seen coupons.
He also researched the public transportation options in our area and discovered that if he bought a month’s pass, he could save $100 a month — just on gas! That doesn’t even include saving wear and tear on his truck. Simply buying a ticket at the station on the days he wants to take the train will enable him to save $5 each day. That’s not too shabby. Plus, he can read, listen to music, or talk on the phone without worrying about traffic or running out of gas. Works for me!
I’m not sure how often we’ll use public transportation, but I am encouraged that it is a doable option for our family. In a pinch, we could cut back $100 from the budget during any given month. That’s a lot of diapers!
What do YOU do to save money?
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