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Advice for Saving on Transportation and Making the Switch to Cheaper Modes of Getting Around

bike to workIf you are running low on funds one major way to save money is by making the switch to public transportation. According to the American Public Transportation Association, public transit users save over $9,000 a year on average. Imagine all of the cash that you could save by both cutting the need to buy gas out of your budget, not to mention all of the money that you spend on car repairs and toll fees associated with driving.

Navigating your city’s public transit and finding the best deals can be a little tricky though if you’re not already familiar with the system. Here are some tips for starting out on your money-saving transportation adventures:

  1. Are you a student, senior citizen, or veteran? If so, chances are there are public transit discounts that you are eligible for. Most cities offer discounts on passes if you have a university identification, proof of age, or proof of affiliation with the armed forces. Especially if you are a student, be on the lookout for these savings. Sometimes students can ride busses for free!
  2. Not every city has a good public transportation system. If yours doesn’t, you should consider looking into RideShare or other carpooling options. Carpooling to work can save you a lot of money, and is probably even worth riding with strangers. All you have to do to find a carpooling partner in your area is search the internet for other people looking to organize and save cash.
  3. My personal favorite way to get around without wasting gas is on a bike! If you don’t have too far to go and weather permits, biking is a great option. Not only will you be saving money, but biking will help you keep in shape—it’s a win-win situation! Biking has been an increasingly popular mode of transportation in recent years, and most cities have accommodated by making safe bike lanes and laws to protect bikers. If you don’t already have a bike you can usually find a quality used ride for less than $200, and upkeep is cheap as well.
  4. Reconsider your travel plans when you go on vacation. One of the most expensive parts of any trip is plane tickets, but sometimes you can avoid buying them if you have a little extra time for travel. Check out prices with Amtrack or Greyhound. Be careful though! Sometimes because of airline deals flying can actually be cheaper than train or bus, so be sure that you’re checking out all of your options every time you travel.
  5. Move to a city that has public transportation! Suburbs are nice, but living in the ‘burbs is a huge waste of gas. If you’re not too attached to your sprawling home outside of the city, consider moving to a place that has great public transportation. Sure, rent might be a little more expensive, but in the long run you might end up saving more money by taking the metro than by driving to work every day.
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Do you have any more tips to how we can save money on transportation? Let us know in the comments!

 

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