One creative dad bought cheap bikes for himself and his family. They ride and take the train instead of having a second car. If it's feasible for you to combine bike and public transit, or just use public transit, instead of driving, that may save you a significant amount of money, depending on where you live. Click here for some additional ideas.
I've made a point to choose living locations that are close to transit to minimize car use. That has saved me a thousands on maintenance and insurance, on top of gas savings.
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If you only use a car once or twice a week, consider a car share program instead of owning a car. I-Go has been in Chicago since 200 and has many locations. Zipcar is newer, but they're rapidly expanding. If you don't need a car for daily use, this can be WAY cheaper than owning, maintaining, and paying for a parking space (or parking tickets). If there's no car share location near you but you'd use one if it was available, send an e-mail to I-Go and Zipcar and let them know there's some demand in your neighborhood. I've put in a few requests for a location in Beverly. No news yet. The closest locations are South Shore and Hyde Park.
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