Affordable Modes of Transportation

Have you ever felt guilty for spending so much money on transportation? I bet it hasn’t been that long since you filled your gas tank with gas and it cost you over $50. How often do you fill your tank each month? Twice? Four times? If we stop and think about it, transportation costs can hurt our budget pretty easily. The rising costs of oil and the higher prices that are speculated to come, fuel the question of what are other affordable modes of transportation. What can we do to save money and still get from point A to B?

Affordable Modes of Transportation

Walk: Have you ever known someone who can get around everywhere they need to by walking? It may sound crazy, but if you live close enough to the things that are most important, it is easy to get away with walking almost everywhere. There may be the occasional need to use an alternative mode of transportation, but using your two legs can be a great way to save money and stay active.

Bike: My family thinks I am crazy, but I have started to bike to work in the summers. It is a great way to get in two exercise sessions without taking extra time in your day. Best of yet, it is easy to travel significant distances without breaking the bank. Long trips (over 20 miles) still seem out of the question, but for everything else, it is a viable cheap mode of transportation.

Public Transportation: There is nothing easier than jumping on the train for my early morning commute. I can sit and read while riding the train, and it is great for the environment. While many people prefer to drive themselves, deciding to take public transportation can offer many benefits. You never have to worry about traffic or the resulting stress and it can be nice to your wallet at the same time.

Finding an alternative mode of transportation is not that difficult. If you think hard enough, you can find a way to save money and still get around.

What’s your favorite frugal mode of transportation?

12 Responses to Affordable Modes of Transportation

  1. Marianne says:

    We used to live right in the middle of a town and didn’t own a car. We walked everywhere out of necessity. It was quite impractical at times (extra grocery store runs) but also satisfying in many other ways. We still reminisce about that period in our life.

  2. Aaron Hung says:

    How about buying a motorcycle? they sip very little gas from what I heard. There’s no way I can bike when living in the surburbs, maybe in the city like New York.

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  10. I fill up my tank about once a week – costing me around $50 each time. I wish I had a cheaper way of transportation but the public transportation around me sucks. If I wanted to take the bus/metro to work, it would take me about an extra hour each way – and the passes would still be about 3/4 of what I’m spending on gas. Not worth it in my opinion.

    If I had my choice, I would walk everywhere. :)

  11. Melissa says:

    Public transportation can be hit or miss. Ideally, I would love to use public transportation, but in my city, it’s pretty pricey and it’s unreliable. When I was in college before I had a car, I had to rely on public transportation. I was very late for a final exam once because the bus never showed up. Not even that it was late, but that it never showed up. I was there at the stop 20 minutes early and waited 20 minutes later for it to show up and it never came. Thankfully my teacher was understanding, but there are many teachers who would have locked me out. And where I live, biking is unrealistic in the winter (the roads are too slippery from the ice and snow and it’s not very safe, in my opinion).

  12. I offten wonder why car pooling has not caught on.

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