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Save With Public Transportation

Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 12:36 pm
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There are times when public transportation can be a great idea.  It is much greener for a bunch of people to get on the bus than it would be for them to all drive their individual vehicles to wherever it was they were going.  Sometimes, it is nice to not have to be the one who is driving.  Using public transportation can also be a way to save money.

If you are over the age of 65 you might qualify for a senior citizen discount on your bus or train fare.  People who are disabled can also get a discount.  Sometimes, students will be able to purchase a ticket for a lower rate than usual.  If any of this describes you, make sure you bring the appropriate form of ID with you to prove it.  It isn’t because the workers think you are lying.  They just need to see your ID because that is part of the rules for their job.

Have you noticed the gas prices lately?  In the Summer, when many families are able to take a vacation that involves distant travel, the gas prices go up.  It seems incredibly unfair!  This can turn even a relatively short trip downtown, or to the nearest city, into more expense than your budget can handle.  You can avoid having to fill up your vehicle, and spend a ton on gas, if you take the bus or train to your destination instead.

Another great thing about public transportation is that you can avoid the hassle of trying to find a place to park.  The bus or train driver will handle that for you.  This makes your trip a little less stressful.  It also saves you some money.  If you drove your car to the city you would most likely end up paying to park it.  That can be incredibly expensive!  I’ve noticed that the closer you get to the stadium or concert hall the more money people want to charge you for the privilege of parking your car in their lot.

This Summer, consider making use of the public transportation system near you.  It is better for the environment and for your wallet.  Taking the bus or train can also save you from having to deal with the added stress that comes from driving on the highways and from trying to find somewhere to park your car.  You also won’t have to worry about if you have enough gas in the tank to make it to the next gas station!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.