It’s Tuesday, so here’s my next money saving tip.
Tip number 3: get a bike.
This is something I’m considering, so it’s not a tip I’ve actually put into practice. I’ve got a new job that is only 2 miles from home so I’m considering getting a bike and saving more pennies. The only problem with this is that there is a big hill that I have to go down and up to get to work…
Anyway, my hill troubles aside, I have it on good authority i.e. common sense and friends, that buying a bike saves money. Yes it costs money initially to buy a bike (you can get good ones second hand though, they just need some love and care), a decent helmet and lock, flashing lights, fluorescent jacket or vest, BUT in the long run you don’t have to buy a bus ticket or a train ticket or a tube ticket or petrol for your car ever again! (not quite true) If you work a long way from home this is perhaps not a good idea, but 2 miles should be easy!
It is also a good way to keep fit. If I had the energy to cycle up a hill every morning then I would definitely gain a few pounds in muscle weight, and lose a few in fat. Admittedly on the tube you probably lose a few pounds in sweat during rush hour.
Other slightly less energetic ways of saving money on travel include walking – my husband gets off the tube in Zone 2 and walks to his office in Zone 1 (the next stop on the tube) to save pennies.
If I find an alternative route that avoids the big hill I’ll let you know.