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?