Saving money is about principle sometimes. Let me explain.
For the past two years I’ve taken the bus to work after driving for 7 years prior. The company re moved our free parking benefits and I wasn’t about to pay $350/month to park in a garage just 5 miles away.
I have a love hate relationship with the bus. When it’s raining, and I have to stand outside shivering, I hate it. When the bus skips my stop every so often, I hate it. When the bus driver slams on the brakes a couple feet away from the stop light and we all go flying, I hate it. When the bus is packed like sardines, but there are some very attractive riders I need to squeeze next to, well, I guess it’s OK.
My VIP Pass aka monthly bus pass costs $60, while taking a cab to and from work costs $30. Hence, the cost breakdown is simply $60 for a bus, $350 for parking, and $600 for a cab every month. Out of principle, I wasn’t going to spend 5-10X more on transportation if I could just ride the bus.
WHAT A DUMMY
A funny thing happened to me yesterday. I tried to cheat. Because I was going to work midday, and the express bus wasn’t running anymore, I decided to drive. I got into Moose, drove downtown and left him at my fitness club just five blocks away from my office. The plan was to work for 6 hours, take advantage of the “free parking”, and drive home.
After a hectic day of work, it was so refreshing to come back home and relax. Oddly enough, there was something that felt off and I just couldn’t figure out what. CRAP! I left Moose at the club because I took the bus home instead!
What’s more stressful is that I’m really only supposed to park at the club for a couple hours. They tow and ticket sometimes if the rules are violated. Even though it was dark and freezing, I just couldn’t bring myself to pay $15 to take a taxi to pick up Moose. My objective that day was to save money and time by driving in the first place!
If I took a cab, my $60 monthly transportation fee would jump 23% to $75 ($15 for cab), and I wasn’t going to let that happen. With a full belly from dinner, at 7:30pm I decided to bike through the hills, and between the lanes of traffic to save Moose from the pound. Sometimes saving money is just about principle.
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