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Costs of Commuting
Yes, the price of gasoline has gone way up; so if you do commute, you feel
the difference. In looking for a new abode, you might be wanting to make it
closer to where you need to go so often. The availability of some sort of rapid
transit service may also be calling out to you.
Whether you’re moving or not, it’s possible that you haven’t really
considered the options involved in commuting costs - and the big savings
involved in carpooling or vanpooling to and from work. Especially
now that gas is so high, more and more employers may be "loosening up"
enough to allow some leeway in working hours for people to try carpooling.
It’s true that you might have to expend a little effort on rounding up the
other person or people – but you can save beaucoups cash if you don’t
drive as often, or at all. (My husband rides in a regional government-sponsored
vanpool, and never has to drive – and loves that! – because just a
few out of the vanfull are signed up as drivers. The drivers don’t have to pay
– and the monthly fees for riders amount to way less than the cost of
driving. It’s a fabulous deal for everyone involved!) Unless you’re all going to
the exact same place, some people will arrive earlier, and must leave later
than, others (the more people and the bigger the spread of where they’re
dropped off, the more time differential). …But if you have extra time because
of this, you can use it to advantage during your work day (my husband reads the
paper before work and bicycles on his longer lunch break).
Likewise, many people have yet to explore the possibilities for
telecommuting, or otherwise doing some work at home. (Or what about job switching?
Where I live, lots of people commute from here to the city an hour away,
and lots of people commute to here from the city – seems a little
Many people relocate because of jobs – and choose to downsize in the
process. While you look for a new home, keep commuting costs in mind.