Every time my E-ZPass statement pops up in my email box, I cringe a little. It still shocks me when I realize how much it costs me just to get to work. I live in Bayside Queens, a 24-mile drive from The Journal News office in Harrison. I cross the Throgs Neck Bridge, which means I’m spend $9.60 each day just to get in and out of my borough. Multiple that by five days, and I’m shelling out 48 bucks a week. That works out to $192 a month and $2,300 a year! Oh yeah, and let’s not forget about gas…
The American Public Transportation Association has a cool commuting cost calculator that figures out how much you spend to drive to work vs. taking public transportation, if that’s an option for you. Meanwhile, MetroPool, a commuter service group run by New York and Connecticut transportation agencies, shows how much you can save by carpooling, a practice that has been dying in recent years. There are tons of commuting expense calculators online that get into great detail — from insurance payments to the cost of vehicle maintenance — to break down how much you are truly spending.
What are your commuting expenses every week, month, or year? How you done anything to your living budget to accommodate these costs? Talk about it in the comment section below.
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