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#3355409 - 04/28/14 08:46 AM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 8789
Loc: NH
Alright, got curious, did out the math.

Truck: $300/year reg, $900/year insurance, I rounded the numbers. I plan on less than 10k/year but let's call it that, so 12c/m. Gas is $3.60/gallon and I get 19 year round, so 18.9c/m. Depreciation, I bought to own for 10 years, and at 10k/year I will rack up 100kmiles; bought with 73k so at 173k on the clock it will be worth... less. $22k to buy so 22c/m. Don't know about repairs and maintance other than I hope not. Call it 5, as the Jetta (in prior analysis of actual data which I don't feel like digging up) did. 55.9c/m.

Jetta: $300/year reg, $900/year insurance. I really need to drop collision. Diesel is $4/gallon and lifetime average is 46, so 8.7c/m. I bought for $26k and it's worthless now at near 300k, so call it 8.7c/m for depreciation. 5c/m repair/maintance. 28.4c/m.

$2/day in tolls. I don't know why people are including lunch costs, that's not even automotive related. Or do that many people really walk home for lunch? PB&J is awefully cheap; wish I was too.

$52.31 or $27.56.
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#3355627 - 04/28/14 01:26 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
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Registered: 12/30/06
Posts: 13903
Loc: South Texas,USA
My commute has changed slightly over the past couple years. My last daily commute was 22 miles one way,now it's 3 miles one way. During my 44 mile commute,I'd use about $30 a week on gas,not too bad. I never eat out for lunch (biggest waste of money imo). I can eat for 2 weeks for what most people at my job pay for one meal going out for lunch.
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#3355637 - 04/28/14 01:32 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
accent2012 Offline


Registered: 02/08/12
Posts: 443
Loc: Orlando, FL
I manage between $200 to $250/month on gas and tolls only. Hopefully with a new job I can move to a closer place.

I have been eating out a lot lately for lunch and dinner because of classes eating up time to cook. but now that's over and I won't be eating out as much.

For those with ridiculous commute times.... try and see if your work will allow you to bring your own mini-fridge (with a lock) to have in your office or cubicle so that you can stock it up with food for lunch.

I'd also consider carpooling or if you can afford it... chevy volt (plug-in hybrid model).

If I was a super commuter living LA, Boston, NYC, etc. then I would definitely consider a Chevy Volt after watching this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn_L05WLc94 Just watch how Matt Farah talks about his Volt.
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#3355641 - 04/28/14 01:35 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
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Registered: 10/12/05
Posts: 4714
Loc: Da Swamp
I run about 100 miles a week in plain commuting, 10 miles each way x 5 days. At ~23 mpg overall, that's (at $3.50/gal.) a hair over $15 a week. However, I highway run out to the suburbs for writers' group meeting once a week and to get my hair cut every 3 weeks, so I average more like 200 miles/week. That brings it to more like $30 a week.

I tend to run the Regal for 13-14 days between fillups and to spend about $50 each time. Some months I have to fill up 3 times, some months only 2, so it averages out.

No tolls, now that they've been taken off the bridge -- though it was only .40 (yes, forty cents) every day. And I have no parking costs, as I park on the avenue outside the campus. (Parking fees here, well, let's just say that Michael Corleone would turn away in disgust.)

And I bring my lunch.
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#3357994 - 04/30/14 05:12 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
another Todd Offline


Registered: 05/15/06
Posts: 2080
Loc: Lakeside CA
I drive about 30 miles each way, no tolls, no parking. BUT, I am a fireman so it is only 10 times a month (24 hour shifts). The Focus gets about 28-30 in town, so about $8 per work day.
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#3358004 - 04/30/14 05:23 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
Quest Offline


Registered: 12/19/04
Posts: 7355
Loc: beaver land EH?
Given the current rate: 60 miles/both ways each day, and given my fit M/T fuel economy (37miles/gal city), it would typically costs me about $6.40 per day on gas, excluding insurance, maintenance and parking.

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#3358014 - 04/30/14 05:32 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
asand1 Offline


Registered: 12/16/12
Posts: 1475
Loc: Oregon coast
46 mile round trip at ~26MPG with no rolls or parking. I also carpool 4 days a week.
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#3358045 - 04/30/14 06:01 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
friendly_jacek Offline


Registered: 05/04/03
Posts: 6430
Loc: southeast US
Originally Posted By: evandostert
Looking at my commuting costs the other day. Boston burbs thru 2 toll roads and daily parking.
My simple commute on a daily basis is about $40 per day
broken up by gas 11mpg in city about $22
tolls roughly $9
parking $10

Wondering what other people are averaging.



Dude, you need to buy a prius. It will pay for itself and more just in gas savings alone.

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#3358080 - 04/30/14 06:49 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
surfstar Offline


Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 5667
Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
$0 when I ride my bike. Although figure new tubes 1/yr (only maintenance I've done on it) $14/yr.

When I drive - anywhere from $.30 to $5 if you want to count maintenance, ins. and depreciation costs or simply gas.
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#3358233 - 04/30/14 09:11 PM Re: Daily commute $$ to work toll/gas/parking [Re: EvanD]
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Registered: 02/24/05
Posts: 1783
Loc: Southeast Louisiana
I live 72 miles from work with a $3 toll between. I also stay at company living quarters that is 20 miles away for all except a day or so throughout the work week. I cannot accurately calculate on a per day basis as my vehicle is used to travel between job sites several times per day, and travel varies depending on projects etc.

All in all, on my 2 week a month schedule (7 day weeks), I average $250-$300 in fuel and $9-$12 in tolls per month. Tolls are expensed and fuel goes on company fuel card. Misc vehicle costs and maintenance are included with expenses. The only expense I am out of pocket on is insurance which I haven't broke. Down and figured out yet.
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