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How to Save on Your Commute

Commuting is never fun, but when you can actually save money doing it, the morning drudge isn't so bleak.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Carpool Carpool with coworkers or others who work and live in the same area as you. By carpooling you can save over half the cost of gas.
  • TIP: If you can't find someone in your office willing to split the commute cost, search commuter websites to help you locate willing commuters in your area.
  • Step 2: Walk or bike Walk or bicycle to work. If you live close enough, not only will these cheap options save you a bundle in gas and car repair costs, they will keep you in great shape.
  • Step 3: Use public transit Use public transportation. If you are lucky enough to be located in a city that offers great public transportation, why not use it? Let someone else do the driving while you catch up on work, a good book, or some much needed sleep.
  • TIP: Some employers offer monetary incentives for using public transportation, like passes and reimbursements, to their employees.
  • Step 4: Work from home Ask your boss if working from home is a viable option. If your employer agrees to a day or two at home a week, start counting the pennies you save on those days.
  • Step 5: Increase fuel efficiency Trade your gas guzzler in for a more fuel efficient car. Check for state and federal incentives on high efficiency vehicles.
  • Step 6: Check for tax breaks Take the government up on their commuter tax benefits like the Federal Bike Commuter Benefit. There are also tax breaks for using public transportation or carpooling. Talk to your employer or a tax professional for more information about these credits. Soon, you'll be counting the savings and feeling better about your morning travel.
  • FACT: American commuters spend more than 100 hours commuting every year.

You Will Need

  • Commute
  • Car
  • Coworkers
  • Internet access
  • Bicycle
  • Public transportation
  • Fuel-efficient vehicle
  • Home office

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