Give Up Your Car and Save Money

Save Money by Using Other Methods to Reach Destination, instead of Driving Car

Giving up your car will not only save money, but will also save your time and keep you healthier. Purchasing a car seems to be an easy option, but running it, repairing it from time to time and maintaining it may call for a lot of money in the long run. The cost of fuel is one of the major expenses you have to make while running a car. Therefore, you can choose other alternatives and save a significant amount of money every month.

Use Public Transport

Governments in almost all countries are taking huge steps to create a wide network of public transport system. Check out the easiest and fastest public transport facility up to your destination and try to use it as much as possible. This will not only prove to be much cheaper than the cost of fuel you will spend while running your own car, but it will also save you from fatigue and hassle related to driving on busy streets.

Try Cycling

If your destination is not at a far off distance from your place, cycling to it may be the best possible option available. A cycle does not need any fuel to run and thus, you will not need to spend a single penny while cycling to your destination. Not only this, it does not emit any harmful gases, so it is environment friendly too. Apart from that, many doctors and physicians recommend to cycle everyday, as it will help in keeping weight under control and enhancing blood circulation too.

Try Walking

Some people live too comfortably that they drive their car even in their own locality. This not only costs fuel, but also makes them lazy, over-weight and fatigued. Try to walk down short distances and this will save you from the hassle of parking your car too. The time you will need to take out the car, drive it to the destination and park it there will be almost equal to the amount of time you will need to walk down the distance. Walking is beneficial for your health too, as it will help you sweat more, your body system will be detoxified and your blood circulation will be improved.

Car Pooling

If there are no suitable public transport facilities available up to your workplace, then you can use car pooling. You can find other people in your neighborhood who drive down to the same locality of your office. If you can find 3 other people, then 4 of you can take turns to take one car to the place. This means that all of you will be traveling in a single car, instead of taking 4 different cars to the same locality. Take weekly turns or daily turns and this will save you money on fuel costs. This method will be friendly for the environment too, as only one car will be running everyday, instead of 4.

Giving up car keeps you at place


If you have a car, you can just hop into it during the break and go to a shopping zone to get involved in impulse shopping or to a coffee shop and spend money on snacks. But if do not have your car with you, you will prefer to stay at your office and spend some time with colleagues. You will rarely feel convinced to catch a bus during the break and go to the market, except when it is extremely necessary. Therefore, having no car also saves you from impulse shopping too.

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S.Brattesani 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Good post :). I stopped driving a few months ago. It was annoying at first that i couldnt just jump in the car and go where ever i wanted but i got used to it. I've just been sticking to walking or getting the bus. Its amazing how much money i have saved on fuel and insurence.


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Kevin Peter 5 years ago from Global Citizen Author

Ya you are correct .Try public transport if you want to save money


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DoctorRain 5 years ago

Great read.. I plan to move to a place where I can finally NOT use a car. I NEED a car for everywhere I go right now since I am in South Florida (a hellhole to try to walk or bike in + quality of life is lousy) and it is extremely tough to make this a lifestyle most places outside of a few city centers where theres a 20-30 block radius.

Portland Oregon is trying to model their city after this kind of lifestyle of biking and walking and they have a tram that takes you across the city and it passes SEVERAL blocks. The city as a whole is doing this too, not just a little downtown cube of it.

When it comes to shopping, I don't a lot because I am unemployed right now so I don't get out of the house a lot to be able to drive and theres nowhere to walk to unless you want to walk to the nearest cul de sac. Its 10 minutes driving at least to the main street. Its hell trying to get around on bike + theres a lot of humidity most of the yr. If people ride their bikes, its just around the neighborhood area.

Great ideas though and most of America should start being car friendly. South FL has no hope though.


citizen477 4 years ago from Miami Gardens

DoctorRain:

Where in South Florida do you live? Most neighborhoods in South Florida have side walks, and public transportation is not that bad. Riding a bicycle is difficult but not impossible.

I live in Miami Gardens. It is a working-class neighborhood, but I like it. The only challenge is that most people here do drive, so they look at you like you're crazy when they see you walking with groceries, riding your bike to work and stuff like that. That used to bother me, but it doesn't bother me anymore. The way I see it is that they are just jealous that they're trapped in their metal death boxes that they are a paycheck away from losing. LOL

I own a car, but it is getting older, which warrants more repairs, so I have relegated its use to one night per week. Even on the weekends, I take the bus and Tri-Rail to explore distant places.

I feel your frustration though, but being, at the very least, car light in SoFlo is not impossible.


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Kevin Peter 3 years ago from Global Citizen Author

Hi Doctor Rain,

Did you move to such a place where you needn't use the car. Like to hear more from you. Thanks for commenting.

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