In today’s edition of Money Saving Mondays we’re going to talk about how you can save money by carpooling.
Not everyone has to drive to work. Some people are able to telecommute or take mass transit to reach the office. Other lucky folks live close enough to walk or bicycle to work.
But for the rest of us, driving to work every day is the norm. Traffic jams, bad weather, and expensive fuel fill ups are just things we’re used to living with.
My commute to work is 42 miles each way. That means I put 84 miles on my car each and every day I drive to work. It also means I have to fill up the gas tank pretty often and when gas prices are high it really hurts.
The good news is I’m able to work from home two days a week, so I generally only make that commute three times a week. Even so, I spend plenty on gas and tolls.
One way to trim commuting expenses is to carpool with friends or coworkers. You take turns driving and each of you pays less. You can alternate every other day or once a week, whatever works best for you.
Carpooling with one other person will cut your commuting expenses in half. Or get a group together to save even more. I know a group of four people that take turns with each member driving one week out of the month. That means some serious savings for the other three weeks!
Disclaimer: though carpooling is a great way to save money and live a more green lifestyle, I hate it. I’ve tried it in the past and I just can’t stand being tied to someone else’s schedule. It drove me crazy when I’d be ready to go and I had to sit around waiting for my fellow carpooler to be ready.
Plus, I like to spend my drive time listening to the radio and unwinding, and with someone else in the car I always felt the need to be a part of the conversation instead of just relaxing.
TL;DR Personally I don’t like carpooling, but it is an effective way to cut commuting expenses and save money.
Have you ever carpooled? What kind of experiences did you have?
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