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3 Ways to Cut Down Your Commuting Costs

3 Ways to Cut Down Your Commuting Costs

Owning a car can be a really handy thing; it can be a real time saver. Think about your commute to work, for example. If you currently drive to work, it could be saving you much more time doing so than getting another form of transport. But you have to think about the costs that are involved with having a car, especially if you are going to be commuting. So with that in mind, here are some of the ways that you can cut down the cost of owning a car, and cut down on your commuting costs too. It would be great to hear what you think.

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Improve Your Gas Mileage

There is no doubt that some cars are much more fuel-efficient than others, such as some of the ones mentioned in this article: https://motoringresearch.com/most-economical-cars/. But having to buy a whole new car may be a little counterproductive, especially if you can’t find one at a price that you can afford. So you can help to drive more fuel-efficient by doing some of the following:

  • Make sure that tires are fully-inflated at the right PSI for the car; you will waste gas when tires need to be pumped up.
  • Reducing weight in the car can be something that is easy to make the car more fuel-efficient. If you have things like a stroller or a trunk full of stuff that you don’t need that day, take it all out.
  • Check traffic before you travel. If you are going to be in rush hour traffic and having to stop and start a lot, then it does waste a lot of gas.
  • If you and another person in your home commutes by car, make sure that you use the least fuel-efficient car for whoever travels the shortest distance.

Cut Insurance Costs

When it comes to owning a car, there are some things that you need to pay for, other than just the upfront cost of a car. Insurance is one of those things that can really add up. If you drive less each year, then that can cut down the cost of your insurance, as well as if you shop around for your car insurance to find the best rate that you can, using sites like https://cheapautoinsurance.co/cheap-car-insurance-quotes/, for example. When you don’t claim it reduces your premium as well; there is no need to pay more for something if you don’t have to.

Car Pool

This isn’t always going to be possible, but carpooling to work can be a good way to cut your costs. Not only does it cut down your fuel costs, it also cuts down the use of your car as you can share with others. If you live in an area with carpool lanes then that can even speed up your commute and make the journey more fuel-efficient as you’re not having to stop in traffic. So speak to colleagues where you work and see if something like this would be possible, to save costs for all of you.


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The New Year’s Resolutions You Shouldn’t Make This Year (And We Ones We Should Make Instead)

The New Year’s Resolutions You Shouldn’t Make This Year (And We Ones We Should Make Instead)

As the year draws to a close, many of us are letting out our waistlines and carving new notches in our belts in anticipation of a few weeks of festive gluttony. “It’s okay”, we tell ourselves “I’ll get right on it in the New Year!”. Thus, we plan a long and extensive list of positive life changes that we tell ourselves we’ll make at the start of January. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with making positive life changes, but the concept of deferring them until the New Year may be wrong headed and even counterproductive. Here we’ll look at some of the resolutions we find ourselves making year on year that we absolutely should not make this year, as well as potentially more helpful and productive ones that we should make instead.

 

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Why New Year’s Resolutions rarely ever work

 

They’re a tradition that we’ve indulged in since the days of ancient Rome but, in the words of Tim Minchin, “I don’t believe just ‘cause ideas are tenacious that means that they’re worthy”. However well we may mean when we make them the simple fact is that our brains do not want us to keep them. They’re easy to make and rarely do we fully consider how difficult they may be to keep when we make them. Small and specific life changes are often way more effective. Thus…

 

Don’t: Say you’ll lose weight this year

 

It often has a starring role on the top of resolution lists but as frustrated as we may be with our bulging midriffs around this time of year, making a resolution to “lose weight” either through vigilant diet and exercise or a visit to a bariatric center is rarely a great idea. It’s fairly nebulous and we tend to go about it without having specific goals or a clear strategy of how we will meet them. Instead…

 

Do: Say you’ll make healthier food choices

 

Vague promises to ourselves about weight loss are rarely as effective as educating ourselves about healthier food choices and opting for them over the foods that we know will do us no good. Vow to cut down on or eliminate processed foods or join the Veganuary bandwagon since a vegan diet is proven to be the best for fat loss.

 

Don’t: Say you’ll land your dream job

 

This is another staple of the resolution list. While it’s certainly noble, it’s often not a promise that we can keep to ourselves, leaving us frustrated and saddened. An increasingly competitive job market means that even if your dream does job float along, you may, through no fault of your own, not land it. Instead…

 

Do: Say you’ll be happier at work

 

You may not be able to control the job market, but you can control your enjoyment of your current job. However monotonous or frustrating your job may be, there’s always something you can do to enjoy it more. Starting the day with a positive attitude, rewarding yourself for your achievements (however small they may be) and focusing your attention on colleagues and aspects of your job that bring you joy are often a far more achievable goal than waiting for your dream job to come along.

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