Here’s a little confession: while I’m doing a great job being frugal in certain areas of my life, such as food, clothing, and entertainment, one area where I’m doing a terrible job is transportation. I’m a frequent reader of Mr. Money Mustache, and every time he punches someone in the face for having a ridiculous commute, I get a little ashamed of my own transportation situation.
See, I work in one of the most expensive cities in the country. To rent a studio would cost a minimum of around $1000. But my fiancé and I happen to have a ridiculously sweet deal on housing: we rent a 3 bedroom house (that’s practically falling apart) for $1000. The catch is, it’s 4 cities away and an 18 mile commute to my office. We do mitigate the commute costs by carpooling in a hybrid. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from MMM it’s that you should ditch your car in favor of a bike. Unfortunately, even if I could do an 18 mile bike commute to and from work every day, my fiancé’s job requires that he have a car, so the car would still be making the drive.
So I always have the thought in the back of my mind, “sure, I can’t bike my commute NOW, but eventually when we move I’ll do it.” And thus, I never purchased a bike.