This tip is probably only relevant to city-dwellers, but even those in the country should mull over just how much vehicle they really need.
How much do you spend on car payments, repairs, insurance, parking and tickets? The average is about $500 a month.
I took a look at that number and thought about the hassle of driving, parking and protecting a car in the city and opted out.
I could rent a car every weekend and still come out ahead, but what I've found is that I don't really need a car very often. I have a membership with City Carshare and use it between zero and 3 times a month usually. I take a cab an average of once or twice a week. Otherwise, I walk, take public transit and carpool with friends from work.
I save money, get exercise, avoid stress and dramatically reduce the impact I have on the environment.
What would your life be like if you lived in a vibrant neighborhood where you could walk to shops, restaurants & entertainment and if your commute gave you time to read, catch up on email or just stretch your legs?
For all that talk about cars helping us stay connected and giving us flexibility, I've found quite the opposite to be true: I'm less isolated and more free without a big metal box on wheels.
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I’ve decided to try to make it one full month without a car just to see if it’s possible in this city. If I make it one month, I’ll try for 2. At a minimum, I’ll be saving myself quite a bit of money on gas!