Travel never seems to get any cheaper, what with rail and bus fares going up constantly (or so it seems), cars getting more expensive to run (even though fuel prices have significantly reduced over the last year or so – think about road tax, MOT and servicing costs), and roads getting ever more crowded.
When travel is an essential part of your day-to-day life for your work and family, here are a few tips to help you save money where possible.
If you have no option but to commute, then the chances are you won’t have a lot of room to manoeuvre. Rail companies know where their golden goose is. Ask if your employer will help subsidise your commuting costs (it never hurts to ask), but if you don’t have to travel at peak times and plan your travel carefully, you can take advantage of cheap advance fares. More and more people work from home nowadays, and though they may need to meet clients face to face from time to time, at least travel can be arranged to be as cheap as possible.
Most bus operators have weekly or monthly tickets that can save you a fair amount of money over taking single fares. Big cities generally have very effective bus services, and you can probably get closer to where you need to be by taking the bus rather than the train. For long journeys, a coach can be considerably cheaper than the train.
Do you really need that new car? Just remember it loses a chunk of its value as soon as you drive it off the forecourt, and though it might be nice to have, you’ve instantly lost money. There are plenty of very good second-hand cars available, so that’s a way you could seriously save money.