Millions of Americans commute an average of 25 minutes each way, according to a recent study. That’s nearly nine full days of commuting in a year. New Yorkers have the longest commute: almost 36 minutes. All that driving is likely costing you big bucks in auto upkeep and even more money at the pump. Check out these ways to save on your daily commute.
Carpool. Carpooling is a great way to split costs and have some interesting commuter conversation. Find a driving-buddy in your area on eRideshare.com. (http://www.erideshare.com/) The site reports a huge increase in use since last spring when gas prices started surging. Correspond safely through anonymous email and meet your travel partner in a public place to keep carpooling safe.
Bicycle. Strap on a helmet, lace up some tennis shoes and hop on a ten speed to cut commuting costs. You’ll avoid burning extra gas while burning off some calories. Plus it might bring back some memories of the days when you thought of exercise as fun. Check out these tips at BicycleSafe.com on how not to get hit by cars on your way to work. (http://bicyclesafe.com/)
Public Transportation. Put the brakes on stop-and-go traffic by hopping on a bus or taking the subway. A bus ticket will likely cost much less than filling your tank. Plus you can text your friends, apply mascara, or read the newspaper without worrying about crashing your Corolla.
Four-Day Work Week. Take a cue from Utah. The state is becoming the first in the nation to institute a mandatory four-day work week for most state workers. The plan will save big money in energy and operating costs for the state as well as fuel costs for workers. Tagging on two extra hours four days a week will mean you don’t have to work on Friday. That cuts your commuting costs by one-fifth. And it means three-day weekends!
By Alison Storm
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It's all treats and no tricks at many retailers this Halloween. Here you'll find a list of stores and restaurants we've comprised that are offering up special deals and maybe even a freebie or two to celebrate the spooky holiday. Keep checking back, we'll be adding new ones as we find them!
Barnes & Noble - Free Halloween storytime on 10/31/2014. Contact local stores for times.
Bass Pro Shops - Free 4x6 photos & Halloween activities for kids from now through 10/31/2014.
Chipolte - Participating restaurants are offering a $3 "boorito" to those that arrive in a costume. Offer valid from 5PM to close on 10/31/2014.
IHOP - Free Scary Face Pancake for kids 12 & under on 10/31/2014 only from 7AM to 10PM.
Krispy Kreme - Free doughnut to customers in full costume. Only on 10/31/2014 at participating restaurants.
LEGO Stores - Free Halloween sticker for kids in costume on 10/31/2014.
Outback Steakhouse - Free kids meals w/purchase of adult meal. Limited to kids 10 & under and 2 free kids meals in a visit. Participating restaurants on 10/31/2014 only.
Sonic - 50 Cent corn dogs all day on 10/31/2014.
Wendy's - Halloween coupon booklets are only $1. This book contains coupons good for free Jr. Frostys. Of special note: 90 cents of the purchase price goes to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Offer's ending is unknown.
Stores: 20x200, 6pm, Amazon, Apple Store, American Eagle, Banana Republic, Best Buy, Buy.com, Dell, Eastbay, eBags, Eddie Bauer, Endless.com, Home Depot, H&R Block, Kohl's, Macy's, Old Navy, Restaurant.com, Sandals, Shoes.com, Target, Tommy Hilfiger, Toys 'R' Us, Urban Outfitters, Wal-Mart (See more)
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