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Living without a car

September 13th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

is sometimes inconvenient, but saves me a lot of money. I get all my exercise from walking so don't have to pay expensive gym membership - can't understand people who drive to the gym and run on a treadmill. Besides, running stuffs your knees. Need to lift weights? Try carrying a 10 kg (22 lb) sack of rice a mile home from the shop - okay, that's beyond me now, but I did when I was young.

Not having a car saves me time. I've been late any number of times when someone offered me a lift because the car wouldn't start or we couldn't find a park.
when I walk somewhere I always know how long it is going to take me and I allow for that. If it's raining I catch the bus, whic is cheaper.

Now you're thinking, yeah but I have a full time job. I don't have time to walk everywhere. Here's the thing; because I don't spend money owning a car I don't have to work as many hours. I can meet all my needs with 30 hours a week - and that leaves me time to walk.

And walking, I spot all those coins dropped by rushing motorists at the parking meters. Found .70 cents today.

2 Responses to “Living without a car”

  1. HouseHopeful Says:

    I think its great that you get to do that, but where I am, its not an option to walk or even use public transportation. Everything is too spread out. And the bus routes are a joke. Everything takes 2 transfers even though to get from my home to work is 10 minutes by car.
    I really do wish there were more options for me in the area. I would love to at least utilize public transportation some of the time.

  2. Jerry Says:

    I think it largely depends on where you live. Obviously, for most people it isn't possible to walk 20 miles to work, and if there is no reliable bus or train then it's a car. But you are right, the costs of fuel, insurance, and other considerations really do lead to a dent in the budget!
    Jerry

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