Tip number two in my list of Saving Money to Buy a House 101 is a simple one: RIDE A BIKE.
A few years ago when I was spending more than I was making, I purchased myself a super cute Tokyo Bike. It was an investment piece, it cost me around $1000 all in with my basket, leather seat and handles plus my unnecessary custom colour, but I LOVE it.
For the past few years I have been riding as much as I can, to the point where I remember someone once saying "Oh, it's SO CUTE how you ride your bike EVERYWHERE". I am talking, to the shops, to visit friends and to work. I ride 11 kilometres to work one way, each day and that's probably my biggest ride that I will get up to in a day.
It saves me $7.80 a day in transport fees/ whether that be through petrol or to catch the tram and the train. Plus it's actually the quickest method to get to work. It can take over an hour in traffic some days and minimum 45 mins of being squished up next to grumpy strangers on public transport.
What you need:
- A high vis vest
- Waterproof jacket
- Gloves for the cold days
- A bar lock - to keep it safe wherever you go
- A helmet (here in Australia it's the law)
What you get:
- Enhanced focus
- Environmental points
- Free parking
So think about it, you're getting exercise and if you try and commit to riding a bike to work for one full year, you are saving minimum $1870 in transport fees (plus your sanity). Add that to the money you are saving from not buying a week's worth of petrol each week and polluting the air with your petrol pumping car, it's a win-win for everybody.
I also start the day feeling a lot fresher, energised and more awake, there's nothing like a morning ride to switch your focus on and get you ready for the long day ahead!