Alternative Transportation - think about it
What is alternative transportation? For me and many others, it’s anything that is out of the ordinary or on the fringe of our culture or typical experience. It’s what’s “outside the box” for you.
So, the whole idea of being “alternative” depends on your culture and your experience. Taxis are part of the New York culture. Trains are part of the Chicago culture. In Detroit, everything is on wheels. Other towns are very bicycle, skateboard and roller skate friendly.
If you have spent time in Asia, you’ll probably see that scooters and bicycles are very popular and ingrained there as part of the culture.
The point is to think outside what your culture and experiences suggest, and see if there is a form of transportation that will meet your frugal living needs and save you money by reducing, eliminating, or having a modest cost associated with:
- Owning, renting and leasing
- Maintaining and repairing
- Purchasing daily, weekly or monthly tickets or passes
- Obtaining insurance
- Licensing and registration
- Parking, tolls and storage
The idea of saving you money
is important because reducing transportation costs is really what it’s all about.
Let me emphasize that in order for it to be viable as alternative transportation, it must meet your needs within reason. So, take into consideration the following:
- Convenience in terms of time required and schedule - your time is worth something.
- Suitability in various weather conditions - it has to work year round, or you’ll need some other approach for inclement weather.
- Service reliability - you have to be able to count on it. It can’t leave you stranded or make you late for your appointments.
- Comfort – you can’t be uncomfortable just for the sake of saving money.
- Safety – you shouldn't put yourself at unnecessary risk for the sake of saving money.
Remember, a bike in the summer isn't nearly as desirable as alternative transportation in the winter months.
With those two lists in mind, evaluate the following as options, alone and in combination
, to see if there might be something that could work for you in your situation:
I'm not going to mention all possible alternatives, as some of them are undesirable forms of transportation
. Of course, all alternatives are open for consideration.
Let’s say you’ve made a choice of one of more forms of alternative transportation. Consider these suggestions as ways to optimize transportation so you can make it even more cost-effective.
With your alternative transportation selected and optimized, the only thing left to do is give you program a try to see how it works, then continue to refine your thinking and experimentation until you have the best transportation to match your personal situation.
Transportation costs for the average American is often more than food. In a household focused on frugal living, this would seem to be too much to spend on getting around. So, it’s worthwhile to consider alternative forms of transportation to reduce the cost of travel to something that is more reasonable and manageable.
Done with Alternative Transportation, back to Save Gas