Tell Us Tuesday: Your Commute

by Kelly · 8 comments

in Tell Us Tuesday

I had a doctor’s appointment this evening (another ear infection, yuck), which mean that I had to head across town in rainy, rush hour traffic. Not my favorite thing to do, even when my ear isn’t throbbing! The doctor’s office is near to where we used to live, about 45 (optimistic) minutes from where I work. I used to have to make that drive twice a day- now I work about 10 minutes from my house and my husband is the one with the 45 minute commute.

My parents both live far from where they work, and they don’t have much choice in the matter; they have to drive long distances every day. As I was thinking about the idea for this topic I happened to come across Frugal Babe’s post where she talks about working from home.

I would love to be able to work from home and if I can’t make that happen, I’d really like to be able to commute to work by bike or on foot. The bike option is certainly feasible as I now only live 3 miles from my job.

How about you- what’s your commute like?


1 Frugal Babe June 15, 2010

Thanks for sharing my post! Several years ago, when our work-at-home business was still struggling, we decided that one of us needed to take another job outside the home in order to make ends meet. This was before the recession, so finding a job was probably a bit easier than it is today, but I purposely limited my search to places within two miles of our house. I ended up working at the public library for about four years. In all that time, I probably drove to work less than 20 times (during particularly bad weather, or if I had to go somewhere immediately after work that would be further than I could get to by bike or on foot). Good luck with your mission to work from home or be able to commute by bike or on foot. It really is a huge improvement over commuting by car (which I did for a few years before we starting working at home).

2 freedom journey June 16, 2010

A 35 minute to 45 minute commute is my lot; my husband drives about 25 minutes each way. We used to live in an apartment that was at a public transportation stop and that was awesome! Now we rent a home in the country which has its definite benefits, but the nearest city and bus stop is at least 8 miles away, and our road is like the two lane country autobahn without bike lanes. We’re trying to be a one car family this month but is is challenging.

3 Elizabeth L. June 16, 2010

My commute is about 30-40 minutes depending on traffic. I join the herd of people heading downtown every morning, but I get off the interstate earlier. I would love to live closer to work, but I work in a not-so-great (read: gang-filled) part of town, so that's out. I'm looking to move before the summer is out, and I will be looking to try and cut my commute down some and maybe avoid the interstate all together.

4 FindSavings June 16, 2010

From my bed to the office is a walk down the hall. I used to have 20 minute to 40 minute commute depending on the day of the week and time of day. Gotta love California traffic, although in some places it is worse. So I am now very thankful for my very short and by foot only commute.

5 Kasey at Thrifty Lit June 16, 2010

It's just ten minutes opposite of traffic! I wish that I could ride my bike, but busy streets make that impossible.

Feel better soon!

6 Tara June 16, 2010

I'm really lucky to be able to work from home (music teacher) and my husband's office is a mile from our house so he usually rides his bike or walks. This is a huge quality of life issue for us and is why we bought our wee little house and why we never ever want to move if we can help it.

7 June 16, 2010

For years I did the 45 min one way commute (and that was only if there were no wrecks on the interstate for the day, which was rare not to have one during rush hour bumper to bumper).

These days my commute consists of going from bedroom to family room on most days. Other days i have 5 mins down the road in one direction or another ( I am a property manager).

I have become terribly spoiled and it seems like if I have to go in the car for more than 15 mins then I feel like I have to pack for a vacation.

8 Kelly June 17, 2010


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