On average, if you work full time, you’re paying about $3,300 a year on expenses related to that job. Things like transportation, clothes, and daycare eat a big hole in your take-home wages.
About $276 a month.
You’re never going to make that number fall to zero, but there’s plenty you can do to trim it down… even cut it in half. And these kinds of savings are the perfect kind to invest in becoming more self-reliant.
If you’re able to cut $100 a month from the “cost of going to work,” how much faster would you be able to build up your food reserves and stock up on medical supplies? Or maybe you could invest that money into taking a first aid class or a class on food preservation?
Any of those options will increase your self-reliance, and that is guaranteed to be more valuable that what you were spending the money on before.
So, what are some of the ways you can save?
First, there’s transportation. That’s a big one. A lot of people spend $100 a month just on gas to get to and from work. If that’s the case for you, look at car-pooling. By sharing travel expenses with fellow co-workers, you could cut this in half or more. See, you’ve already saved about $50 a month!
Spending money on upscale coffee drinks is another big work-associated money drain. People get in the habit of making a morning coffee stop on their way to work. Depending on what you drink, this could cost you anywhere from $10 to $17 a week.
You can cut that cost completely by making coffee at home and taking it with you in a travel mug.
Often, you don’t need to cut things out to save money… just take a different approach.
For more ideas to help you save on work-related expenses, visit this article.