How to minimise commuter expenses

Travelling to and from work every day can be an expensive business. Season tickets can easily cost hundreds - or even thousands - of pounds. The trick is to remember that if you're making the journey every day, every little saving can count. Here are some top tips for minimising commuter expenses.

How to minimise commuter expenses

Are you using the most suitable form of transport? - If you're living in a rural area and have to travel into the city centre every day, the only feasible method of transport could be the train. But in other cases, you may be able to choose between trains, buses, trams, cars or bicycles. And it's worth considering the pros and cons of each. How long will it take you to travel to work, what are the timetables like, how expensive will it be, how tiring will it be... these are just some of the questions to consider.

Could you car pool? - Depending on where you work, car pooling could be a cheap (and more environmentally friendly) method of commuting. Perhaps there's someone in the office who lives near you but you don't know very well at the moment. Now's the perfect time to strike up a casual conversation about the route and see if they would be interested in car pooling.

Could you walk or cycle? - The cheapest way to get to work is to walk or cycle. If this isn't feasible for the whole of the route, you might be able to walk or cycle for a segment of it to cut down on costs (e.g. instead of two buses, you might take one bus and walk from that stop).

Have you identified any hidden commuter expenses? - Are there any little extras that you buy on the commute? For example, a morning coffee and a newspaper? No matter how small the purchase may seem, if you're doing it every day the costs can add up. Bring along a thermos and read news online, for example.

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