For many of us, commuting to work, university or school can be a money-draining curse. Saving money is something we all instinctively seek out to do, yet we find ourselves dishing out an embarrassing amount of money every day to go to a place where we may not earn the daily travel money back until completion of the first hour or two of work. Of course, everyone is always bombarded with a constant flow of leaflets and signs telling us how to save money on travel, and it is true that these may work some of the time. Most of the time, however, these promotions are promotions; they sneakily try and get you into a way of thinking that you are economically benefitting yourself, but you’re probably just contributing to their money pot in the grand scheme of things.
Money saving on travel is not the impossible task. Cutting down your business travel costs can be easily achieved by following these simple tips.
Claiming Travel Expenses
You may be able to claim back travel expenses if you are working in a ‘temporary’ environment. This excludes travel to a workplace you would normally travel to, no matter how far. You can do this through applications here if the workplace you are travelling to is of a ‘temporary’ nature.
Booking Tickets in Advance
This tip may seem a little obvious but booking train or bus tickets far in advance (up to twelve weeks) can be a massive saving. Due to their contract, Network Rail must have tickets for twelve weeks in advance, so getting ahead of the crowd and booking tickets you know you will need on a working day is a great money saver!
Investing in a Rail Card
Using the internet to see what kind of rail card you could be eligible for is an easy way to save a bit of money. For example, if you are between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five, a £30 investment for one year and a £70 investment for three years could save a third every time you purchase an off-peak train ticket.
Don’t Always Opt for Return Tickets
In theory, return tickets should economically work out cheaper. However, a lot of the time you will find there is a deal on ‘single’ tickets meaning buying one for each way may work out cheaper.
The bane of every train user’s life is the rise in cost once you realise the journey takes place over a ‘peak’ time. If you have to switch trains at any point, consider buying tickets to your first destination whilst ‘off-peak’.
If none of this has applied to you so far because you prefer the comfort of your own space - that space, of course, being the shape of your own car - consider a ‘car pool’ system. The Americanised phrase can come in really handy here; by making a plan with your other car driving co-workers that live nearby or locally as to when and where you will pick them up/they will pick you up, you can save heaps of pennies. As well as this, you will be environmentally friendly.
Complete Tasks on Your Way Home
Completing tiring tasks such as food shopping is a job that should be completed on the way home from work and not once you’ve just got home, sat down and put your feet up. If you so happen to pass a supermarket on the commute home, pop in as quick as you can leaving you more time to relax at home and not worry about using the car and spending petrol money all for the sake of microwaveable curry.
Get Fit: Ride or Walk
Again, a tired old cliché on how to save money. Yet as we go into spring, cycling and walking is not the worst idea in the world and you know it. Embracing the fresh spring air head-on can revitalise your energy in the morning and set you off right for the day ahead. Riding a bike is the faster option of the two but at Search we do realise that this can be time-consuming when you have to maintain the bike and all of the equipment for it.
If you are looking to cut down and save a bit more this year then following these tips can really get you started on the right track. Getting into a habit of saving money on travel will instinctively set it into your mind that there is no other way to travel apart from with money saving opportunities.