You have a job, but you need a ride to work. What should you do? Here are six ways to address your problematic commute.
Buy a Bargain Vehicle
Maybe you can’t afford a car? Or maybe your current vehicle is constantly breaking down? Fortunately, buying a car doesn’t have to be expensive. With a little bit of creativity, you can uncover bargain prices. For example, an “uglied out” vehicle with over 100,000 miles can get you to work and back for less than $5,000. Or save money by buying a used car from a rental car company instead of from a dealership.
If one of your co-workers lives nearby, ask if you can catch a ride. This arrangement offers numerous benefits. You colleague will save money. (Yes! If you ride with them every day, you should pitch in on gas.) You’ll both have someone to talk to on the way to work. Plus, one less car on the road means you’ll be helping the environment! Just have a back-up plan for those days when your co-worker takes off, but you still need to report.
This may not be cost-effective for everyday travel. Nevertheless, if you’re in a jam it’s an option. Also, keep in mind, Uber Pool allows you to share rides (and the cost) with others. And LyftUp provides free rides to and from interviews and the first three weeks of new employment.
Try Public Transportation
Many cities have extensive and underutilized public transportation systems. Riding a bus, train or the subway to work can be much cheaper than the cost of driving your own car. To maximize your savings, purchase monthly or yearly passes rather than daily tickets. Also, some companies offer free company-sponsored shuttles or vanpools. Others allow employees to set up commuter/public transit tax-free accounts. This means you won’t have to pay taxes on any money you put toward your ride to work.
Ask About Remote Options
During the Coronavirus pandemic, more companies embraced work from home (WFH) and telecommuting than ever before. Of course, many jobs require you to be physically present. However, if you CAN get things done from your kitchen table, start a conversation with your boss. Sometimes working remotely even one or two days per week can save you both time and money.
Find a Job Closer to Home
According to The Washington Post, the average American worker spent 225 hours, or nine full calendar days, commuting in 2018. If that sounds like too much time, think about finding a job closer to home. Many people live close enough to bike or walk to work. This not only solves the “need a ride to work” problem but also, the extra exercise provides wonderful health benefits.
Are You Tired of Worrying About Getting a Ride to Work?
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