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    How much money do you spend commuting to work? Do you do anything to alleviate this cost?

    Here's a commuter calculator: http://www.commutesolutions.com/howmuch.html


    If I drive to work every day, I spend roughly 95 dollars a month on gasoline and wear/tear (I'm not counting insurance and stuff like that). For the past three years, I have carpooled, basically cutting this cost in half.
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    A hell of a lot. My round-trip is around 100 miles, and I'm a 9-5'er.

    Using the 7 cents/mile as a guestimate for wear & tear, assuming 23 days/mo of commuting and actual insurance cost/mo, it's $572/mo for me if I just drive my subaru. I sometimes ride my motorcycle when the weather's decent to alleviate some of the fuel cost. Unfortunately there are no carpool opportunities around me.

    Someday I might move closer to work Doubtful though, I can't stand the thought of actually living near Baltimore. The cost of living is higher too, and might not make up for it. I pay fairly low rent and live fairly well where I am.
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    Public transportation:

    About $140 a month. DC metro (subway) is expensive. $100 a month is subsidized by work.

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    Transit pass (which is a bus for me) is $75 per month. The good new is my employer subsizies 1/3 under some "green" initiative and now it is tax deductable as well (more green stuff). So all things considered I'm only out of pocket about $35/month for getting to work.

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    Driving myself to work and the kids to school costs me $565.26. That includes carpooling with my co-worker. Basically, my part-time job almost pays for my vehicle, but I have to have it whether I have the job or not unless I want to change what school my sons go to, which I don't. And with four kids at home, I can't go much smaller.
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    Without insurance, roughly $9.84/week (the site is wrong, that first one is week, not month) for flat commuting with wear-and-tear ($4.25/gallon, 6.4 cents/mile, 10 miles round-trip, and 5 days a week)... Insurance is once a year at a price of $33/month, and should be split roughly into thirds since I drive about twice as much outside of commuting. I spend ~$40/month in gas for commuting, ~$50-120/month in gas for all driving, unless I take a road trip somewhere. The car itself has cost me $142/month so-far, and an additional $92/month in upkeep, though this will obviously become lower and lower over the time I own it. The majority of the upkeep has been a bunch of expensive engine work that I elected to do, the rest is just oil changes and tires.

    In the real world, I put ~$35-45 in every 2-4 weeks.
    Last edited by Wolf; 07-23-2008 at 01:14 PM. Reason: What the hell? The calculator on that site is broken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    Driving myself to work and the kids to school costs me $565.26. That includes carpooling with my co-worker. Basically, my part-time job almost pays for my vehicle, but I have to have it whether I have the job or not unless I want to change what school my sons go to, which I don't. And with four kids at home, I can't go much smaller.
    Is that a year?

    I just started commuting to SF - my round trip per diem cost on BART is $7.00.

    Edit - My husband drops me at the station in the am on his way to work, I walk the pleasant 1/2 mile home in the afternoon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jae Rae View Post
    Is that a year?

    I just started commuting to SF - my round trip per diem cost on BART is $7.00.
    It's per month. It includes the car payment, mileage, insurance, gas, depreciation, etc. We don't have good public transit in my area so I have to have a vehicle regardless. It's a big expense, but the cost of living here is pretty low otherwise.
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    $504 a month for me. Actually I'm surprised it's that light with petrol (gas) running at $8.70 per US gallon in the UK. Yes, that wasn't a typo, $8.70 a gallon

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    Wow, I'm reminded of why I don't have a car.

    I use a combination of busing and biking in the summer, so costs 20-40$/month, depending how often I bus (mostly due to bad weather), since a round trip is the equivalent of 4$.

    In the winter I buy a bus pass which is about 65$ for students. It seems like a lot to me but I guess compared to a car it's incredibly cheap.

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