Surprise Saver: The Thousand-Dollar Ride

Apr 15, 2013 | Budgeting

One great way to jumpstart your savings is to rethink your workday routine. Consider organizing a carpool with some coworkers. Even once or twice a week will help you save on gas, tolls, and parking. If the average American carpooled every day, they could save up to about $1000 per year!

Another fantastic option is public transportation. Check out the subway, train, or bus systems near you. You can even combine this with a carpool option – maybe you and your co-workers take turns picking people up at the train station closest to your office. Not only will you be saving on your own transportation costs, you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint and saving on emissions. Save some green while going green? A win-win!

If you’re lucky enough to have a short commute, check out local bike routes and greenbelts to see whether you could walk or bike to work. Many communities organize “bike to work and school days,” or coordinate biking commute groups to increase safety. The best thing about this option is that you benefit your body and your wallet at the same time. When your commute does double-duty as your workout, you squeeze serious value out of that travel time as well as serious savings.


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