Not using your car to get to work

by Michelle
(New york)

I have 2 beat up bikes that I leave at 2 different railroads. One from my house and then 1 at the town where I work. Its too far for me to ride the whole way (28 miles!). It saves me money to join a gym and for me to take 2 buses everyday. I save $140 every month by not using the bus and I ride 5 miles a day to work to get some exercise.

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CHEAP TRAVEL

Desperate for a vacation on a sandy beach with palm trees.

We took our van , took out the back seats, put our double mattress in the back from the bedroom, bedding all that . Packed all the bottled water , dry goods , snacks , etc.. all that, toiletries, emergency road kit and off we went to Daytona Beach Florida and Orlando .

Lodging: slept in the van, stayed free in truck stops ( free zero expense )

Warm food up in microwave in truck stops ( free zero expense )

Food : First four days : we ate left overs from home in tupperware, canned soups, and made sandwiches.

( next three days we took out the hibachi , barbq'd steaks ,chicken & hot dogs on the beach.)
( all free from home - just ate our own groceries we brought in two coolers )

( we did have to buy ice every two days... for $2 a bag )

Expenses were : Gas , Disney world passes and that's it . $ 400 for two people 7 days

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Extreme weight reduction in vehicles (Hypermiling)

by John
(Indian Head, MD)

One of the best ways to get better gas mileage out of your vehicle (and ultimately save money by doing so) is to reduce the weight of your vehicle relative to its engine output. (Also known as increasing your power to weight ratio.) You want to do this by removing unneccessary items from your vehicle without comprimising safety. Below are items that can be removed from your vehicle in order to reduce weight. No all of them will be acceptable to your situation, but some may be and could yield a great reduction in your vehicle's curb weight.

-Remove air conditioning equipment (great in temperate zones)
-Remove running boards, grille guards, muds flaps, bed rails
-Remove carpet from trunks and floors (this will increase road noise)
-Remove headliner (this will increase road noise and reduce insulation)
-Remove radio and speakers
-Remove spare tire and jacking equipment (especially good if you have roadside assistance, AAA, or drive past a lot of tire shops. You can replace your spare with a smaller spare or even better: a tire plug kit and a small 12 volt tire inflator.)
-Remove passenger seats (the argument could be made that the passenger seat adds structural rigidity during a side impact, but after looking at a few of them and how they're mounted to the vehicle floor, I've concluded that this reduction is minimal.)
-Remove sun visors, grab handles, arm rests, and glove box components
-Remove wheel covers

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Frugal Car Travel Tips

A lot of the expense incurred in traveling is the cost of stopping at those ever-present fast food restaurants along the highway.
For a little advance planning, you can make a family memory, feed your family more nutritiously and save money.
Pack a picnic lunch in a cooler. Make it special and add the pretty tablecloth and perhaps a game like Frisbee (to tire out the kids so they'll sleep in the car-hint,hint!).
If you check your route ahead of time, most of the time you'll find a picnic area on the way. This is especially true if you're on the interstate. There's always a rest-stop with a picnic area. Make use of them!
You'll have a much better time on your trip with some family memories that will last a lifetime. Can you get that from stopping at the golden arches? NO!

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Reduce your daily miles traveled even if you work far from home.

by John
(Indian Head, MD)

Even if you live far from where you work, you can shave some miles off your daily commute by using a bike. I live exactly 20 miles from work, which is too far to bike (for me anyway). But I drive to a spot which is 8 miles from work and bike the rest of the way. This takes me about 30 minutes each way, which is very reasonable. So I save 16 miles per day, which is a gallon of fuel in my truck. $3 per day, $15 per week, $780 per year. The further you bike, the more money you save. In addition, you're getting a workout, which means you don't have to waste time in the gym running on a hamster wheel!

Comment from Kate
great Idea, more difficult to do in urban areas but then again whats the point of driving to work in the City, get on your bike :)

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Save Money on Rail fares in the UK

Travelling around the UK can be quite expensive, especially if you are on holiday and want to see as much of the country as you can. Here are a few tips for ways to save on your rail fares.

1. Travel in groups - Small groups of adults can buy a ticket called the 2group Save" ticket. These are available for off peak travel but allow four adults to travel for the price of two, so 50% off.

2. Buy your ticket in advance - Advance tickets go on sale 12 weeks before they can be used, however buy your ticket as early as you can, as popular routes sell out quickly.

3. Buy a rail card - there are four types of rail card, family, senior, 16 -25 year olds and disabled. The family railcard costs £26 for a year and can save you up to 60% on travel fares for up to four children and a third off adult fares.

4. Split your ticket. The cheapest route to your destination is not necessarily the direct route. So check the prices from one place to another. This could mean buying a ticket from London to Birmingham and then a ticket from Birmingham to your destination; believe it or not it can work out cheaper. However it will take some time to research your routes and prices.

5. Travel at off peak times. Check with your train operators as to what times they include in their off peak fares, they can vary.

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