If you haven’t given the cost of your commute much thought, then it’s probably a good thing that you aren’t day-dreaming and thinking about your personal finances while you drive! Keep your eyes on the road, and jam to the sounds of saving money, because D.R. Horton is here to share a few ideas to lower your commuting cost.
“Americans spend an average of 200 hours and $2,600 commuting annually,” according to Citi’s ThankYou ® Premier Commuter Index. When you figure in your daily Starbucks drive-thru ritual before work, the cost of commuting can put a hefty dent on the bank account.
Clean Out The Car – The heavier the load on a car, the lower mileage a car will get. Removing heavy items from the car trunk or truck bed can improve a car’s gas mileage.
Public Transit – By using a public bus, subway or train, you could cut down not only on gas costs, but parking fees. Furthermore, using mass transit gets you through traffic without the stress of being behind the wheel!
Carpool – Carpooling even once or twice a week can noticeably lower commuting costs. If you find it difficult to find friends or coworkers with a similar route or schedule, check out www.carmacarpool.com.
Bicycling – Not everyone will be able to pedal their way to work – especially if the commute covers a long distance. However, if you live within a reasonable distance and have a safe bicycle route to work, this option will cut back on commuting costs considerably.
Telecommuting – Working from home is the best way to eliminate commuting costs. Talk to your supervisor about your commute and arrange appropriate days to work from your home office, if possible.
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