Think that there’s only one or two ways to get around town? Hardly. If your goal is to save money or regain control of your personal finances, there are lots of cheap and eco-friendly transportation options to boot. You just have to decide which is right for you and whether you care about what your friends and neighbors would say or think. Here are 10 low cost transportation alternatives:
1. Get a more energy-efficient automobile
You probably know which cars I’m talking about. The Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius are two popular hybrid models from a growing category of fuel-efficient cars. All-electric cars are quickly coming into the marketplace as well. Many of these cars get the equivalent of 50 miles per gallon of gasoline or more. That adds up to a lot of savings over a year.
2. Ride the subway
We don’t have subways in South Florida where I live. But if you reside in a large city, this is no-brainer. Subways are fast and efficient. And for a small amount of money, they’ll get you from point A to B pretty darn fast.
3. Take the bus
If the logistics are such that you don’t have to keep changing buses, this is a great option. But if it works for you, get the monthly pass to save even more money.
4. Buy a moped (or motorcycle)
You might know them as Vespas or some other brand. They are a cross between a motor cycle and bicycle. Their maximum speed can range from 40 to 80 miles per hour. And gas mileage can range from a whopping 60 to 90 miles per gallon. They can also be great fun if you don’t have much to carry with you. But I would suggest that you stay off busy highways. Take the back and side streets.
5. Carpool with neighbors
If you have a neighbor that works at the same company, or you work in the same vicinity as several of your neighbors this could be an option. And the really good thing is that you get access to the swiftly moving carpool lane during rush hour traffic.
6. Get a scooter
Many people classify mopeds and scooters as the same thing. But what I’m referring to are machines that are a cross between a bicycle and a skateboard. One popular brand is the Razor. It has handle bars and little platform that you stand on. Scooters can be purchased with or without motors.
7. Ride the train
Trains used to be a very common way to commute in the United States. And that’s still the case in many parts of the country. But in most places where there are commuter trains, cars have surpassed them in popularity. Don’t let that stop you from looking into this mode of transportation in your area. Many times, you can drive your car to a train station near your home, park it, and then take the train to work or elsewhere.
Need I say more? Not only does it save you money, but you’ll be healthier for doing it. Of course, it might only make sense if you work reasonably close to your home.
9. Ride a bicycle
Similar to walking, riding a bicycle is good for your health. From a world standpoint, it’s probably the most frequently used transportation method.
10. Get a Segway
You’ve probably seen them used by policemen. They have two big wheels that you stand between on a platform, and there are handlebars that you hold on to to navigate your way to your destination. They contain an electric motor that gets about 25 miles to the charge. They’re great if you want to get from point A to B without getting sweaty.
So which cheap and eco-friendly transportation option appeals you? You can go with the fuel-efficient car if you want to keep your solitude and flexibility. Then there’s the bus, subway, train, or carpool if you believe in getting to your destination while conserving resources. And finally, there’s the option of walking or riding a bicycle is you love the idea of maintaining a healthy body while saving the planet. No matter which way you go, you’ll be saving money that can be put toward achieving your financial goals.