Since buying a home I have become much more attuned to what various activities I do and how much they cost. I am becoming quite frugal and have even been deemed a “cheap bastard” by my favorite bartender. Cause I am always questioning the bill.
Lately the cost of driving my car has been on my mind especially as the talk about Global Warming and Pollution get more and more serious. So I sat down and did some calculating. Currently I get about 400 miles per tank which is about 15 gallons of gas. At $2.80/gallon it costs me $42 to fill up. This means it costs me about $0.10 for every mile that my car goes. I just got a new job that will require about 41.2 mile to go to and then come back from at the start and end of each workday. So a days trip to work and back costs me $4.33. This means that in a 20 day work month it costs me $86.52 to drive myself to work. I estimate that it will take anywhere from 35 to 55 minutes to get to work and about the same amount of time to get back home.
So I look at ValleyMetro.org and find that an Express bus stops by my house within easy walking distance which then goes to about half a mile from my new place of work. A round trip ride costs $3.50 which is a savings of $0.83 per trip over taking my car. This saves me $16.60 per month over driving. If I buy the 31 day pass and use it 20 times I save $18.60 per month over driving. Thats $223.20 a year which isn’t a ton but then add that I wont be able to do anything but go straight home from work the additional savings get very large. No more last second trips to the grocery store or the pub which is huge amounts of money.
We shall see if I follow through on this or not, but its good to know the figures.