Schlepping to work five days a week costs money and for some that's a huge budget buster. According to Time, "Carpooling's popularity rises with the price of gasoline," but what if ridesharing isn't a good option for you? People who work odd hours or frequently have to work over are left behind. Others prefer their privacy and don't enjoy commuting with friends or strangers. Still, unless you have a jet pack or a teleportation module, you'll need a way to get to work--cheaply. Check your commuting habits and make sure you've included these five ways to save money.
Adjust your hours: Sitting in traffic, fighting the 9 to 5 rush costs you more money. You could save money by asking your boss to adjust your hours. Coming to work an hour early could mean leaving an hour earlier. That's big savings on both time and money.
Enjoy a slower ride: Zooming down the interstate at 75 mph with a cup of coffee in your hand is not a recipe for success. Fast driving costs more money. Leave a few minutes earlier, stick to the slow lane and arrive at work with some extra change in your pocket. With gas at $4.08 per gallon (on average) you could save a bundle.
Work from home: How much could you save just by working from home one day a week? Over time a bundle! Talk to your boss about telecommuting one day a week or maybe twice a month. Focus on efficiency during your telecommuting work days and you might get approved to work from home more frequently. It's worth a shot!
Use gas apps: Download money-saving gas apps that help you save money at the pump. Also, visit your favorite service center online and sign up for oil change and service discount coupons.
Ask about work benefits: Some businesses provide special benefits to employees that use public transportation. You could be reimbursed for tolls, bus or subway fares.
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