If it's one thing I like having, I must admit it's money. When my money gets too low, I have to make a concerted effort to be in a good mood. I hate that it drives me that way, but admittedly it does. My wife and I have a phrase that I use to let her know when I've had enough. If we shop too long or spend too much money I tell her, "I'm at my threshold of pain."
Now that gas doesn't look like it's coming back down anytime soon, I've once again come to my threshold of pain. Filling up three vehicles weekly is no fun (my college age daughter is home for the summer). Therefore, I've decided I'm going to save myself several hundred dollars by using public transportation to get to work.
I did the math and I spend about $130/wk on my car alone (that includes weekend driving), which adds up to $520 month. We won't talk mileage and service department visits. My wife will also park her SUV and drive my car only when needed. Either way we save quite a bit of dough by me foregoing parking my car outside of my job for 8 hours. Besides, my main goal is to take one for the team so that we can continue enjoying life without throwing hundreds of dollars away a month on gas. Besides a monthly pass to catch the bus/train costs only $60 and it stops right in front of my job. On the flip side, I guess I'll finally have more time to read.
I thought about buying a scooter, but I figured it would take a while to break even despite the 80 mile per gallon average you get on these things. This one costs about $5k new. I may consider it down the road, but not right now.
So tell me, what are you doing to keep some of your money in your pockets these days, maybe you're doing something someone hasn't thought of.
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Rich Fitzgerald is the author of the short story "One to Remember" featured in Love and Redemption (Bloggers' Delight Vol. 1), a collection of short stories by authors who blog. To read excerpts or to order a copy of the title, visit i-Lit. The book is also available on Amazon.