Below are different ways to reduce your transportation costs.
1. What I do first and foremast is have an organized plan of everywhere I need to go for a certain day.
I write down a list of places I have to stop at and then in order from proximity to each other.
This eliminates not only fuel waste but also saving a ton of time. This might sound like a little too much work for some people, but the work you put into creating a plan will crack down a lot of the time you spend going back and forth.
It’s always better to create a list of where you need to go so you don’t accidentally come back home and have to make another trip.
2. Get the Uber or Lyft app.
I personally have Uber and have found it to be so much cheaper than taxis. Many people like to make the argument that Uber can be dangerous, and although that might be true in some cases, I use it anyway. I make sure to only use people that have good ratings.
I also only usually use Uber when it is daylight and when I’m with people, but there are times when I use it at night when I’m alone. I’ve never had a bad Uber experience and I’ve used it numerous times. I’ve actually only paid for Uber twice, and have gotten many free rides. How did I get free rides? By sharing my code for first timers who are new to Uber.
This allows them to get a discount, but also allows you to get a free $20 ride. If you are new to Uber, you can use my code for a free ride up to $20: alexiss382
3. Invest in a bike.
If I lived in an area that was favorable to bikes, I would probably ride mine more. However, I am in the Chicago suburbs and that means nothing is too close to me, unless I want to go to the gas station.
Depending on your location, you could be close to work, restaurants, libraries, and other places that make having a bike great. There is also the wonderful Lake Shore drive if you are in Chicago.
Along this is a path that is favorable to bikes. If I ever live within the city one day, I would definitely ride my bike everywhere and most likely get rid of my car.
4. Make sure you are getting regular car maintenance.
When I first got my car, I neglected it plenty and that lead to it breaking often. Not only did that lead to me paying a lot more money than I needed to, I also spent a lot of time car-less and bumming rides off of my friends.
This experience definitely taught me to take care of my car especially when I bought a new one.
Luckily, my car has only needed repairs a couple times since buying it my junior year of high school.
How do you reduce your transportation costs?