How much does your commute cost you?

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Re: How much does your commute cost you?

Post by RIS » Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:46 am

I used to drive 40 minutes, pay for a days worth of parking and then get the luas (Irish tram) for 20 minutes the rest of the way into work. It ended up costing me about 220 euro (£190) a month. I quickly got fed up however and moved apartment. Now I have a 7 minute walk :) My new job which I'm starting in a few weeks will be a 6 minute walk away :)
I can't tell you how much having the mornings and evenings free of a long commute have improved my QOL.

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Re: How much does your commute cost you?

Post by foreveryoung » Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:50 pm

I used to walk back from work, like 4 miles, and saving the money on the bus, just paying in the morning. But then when I got relocated, it's too far to walk, so I have to spend around 40 quid on a monthly transport card or risk being caught and fined (I'm not good travelling without a ticket, I'm always so nervous). I would love to cycle, but can't really afford a bike right now, nor would I have anything to do with it when I move again. Wish I could just walk everywhere, I'm so fond of walking.
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Re: How much does your commute cost you?

Post by CycleChic » Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:34 pm

When I worked in the commercial world (pre-psychology days) I used to live in Glasgow and work in Edinburgh and that could be a horror of a commute......it's only 40 miles but would regularly take an hour and a half or two hours!

More recently, in my past couple of RA jobs I had a monster commute of less than a mile! :D I could walk it in 15mins or cycle it in 5mins.....sheer bliss!

In my current AP post I have a 15 mile drive that takes about 25 minutes, so that's not too bad.

And when I start the course in September, I will have a 43 mile drive, which hopefully will take about an hour. I'm estimating that the petrol costs will be about one full tank (circa £65) a week. And to offset that I rent out the spare room in my apartment to a friend and the money that brings in will pay for my travelling expenses and leave my salary to myself! :D

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Re: How much does your commute cost you?

Post by Borrowed Cone » Thu Aug 04, 2011 6:55 pm

one miiilllliiionnnnnn dollllllarrrrrrs [brings outwardly turned little finger to corner of mouth]

only kidding.... I think I spend about £5 a day in petrol. Add running costs of a smallish car and insurance at 500 odd quid.
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Re: How much does your commute cost you?

Post by sarahmilly » Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:08 pm

It's so nice to hear that there are other people doing a similar thing to me!

I work 150 miles away from home! I stop down there 3 nights per week, renting out a room, and I am lucky enough to be able to work from home 1 day most weeks. I too also hope that this pays off and I get onto the course this year as I have been doing this for about 15 months now and I do find it weary at times, especially on a monday morning. The cost also scares me as it is probably in the region of £450- £500 per month for the room and fuel (I do have a quite economical car) which is quite a large chunk of my salary. But talking to the other assistants in the area, and taking into account that we work in quite a rural area, this seems the norm!

I too dream of the day when I can live at home again, although I do work in a beautiful place with fantastic people and a great supervisor! :)

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Re: How much does your commute cost you?

Post by Goats » Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:13 pm

£2.20/day currently
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Re: How much does your commute cost you?

Post by katz » Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:58 pm

I travel just under 80 miles round trip and it costs me £12-14 per day roughly (depends on fuel costs, traffic etc).
It can take me anything from 50 minutes to 1 hr 20 in traffic each way.
I dont mind this too much and have just become accustomed to commuting after doing it for so long.

When i start training i could be travelling anything up to 2 hours each way and teaching will be about 2 hours drive away from my home.

I dream of walking to work!!

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Re: How much does your commute cost you?

Post by Toria » Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:33 pm

katz wrote:When i start training i could be travelling anything up to 2 hours each way and teaching will be about 2 hours drive away from my home.

I dream of walking to work!!
Oh katz, I'd love to walk to work too! I am dreading the long commute for the first teaching block :( But am looking forward to having someone to commute with! :D
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Re: How much does your commute cost you?

Post by Baneen03 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:47 pm

I'm currently commuting around 60 miles (return) a day which costs around £200 a month in diesel. I've been looking at some AP Band 4 posts and considering whether I can afford to drop my pay down AND continue to pay commuting costs (amongst other things).

Can anyone tell me what the take home pay for the bottom of Band 4 is please?

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Re: How much does your commute cost you?

Post by Loula » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:21 am

Baneen03 wrote:I'm currently commuting around 60 miles (return) a day which costs around £200 a month in diesel. I've been looking at some AP Band 4 posts and considering whether I can afford to drop my pay down AND continue to pay commuting costs (amongst other things).

Can anyone tell me what the take home pay for the bottom of Band 4 is please?
I found a 50 mile round trip commute (in a petrol car) a complete pain when I was a band 4 as I felt I never had any money left at the end of the month! The take home salary after student loan and pension is just under £1150 per month. This website is pretty accurate for calculating the amount of tax you'd pay, take home pay etc.

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Re: How much does your commute cost you?

Post by missvanwilder » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:21 am

I have 2 jobs; one of which is 80 miles from my home (I do this 2.5 days a week, and in between the long journey to and from home, i stay with family 40 miles away from my work) and the other is about 110 miles in the opposite direction (i do this 2 days a week, but stay in a b&b over night in between). As a result I can't afford to pay rent and have to essentially live in my car/ stay at peoples houses!! Think it works out at about £100 a week :(

This feed has def made me feel a lot better - thank you!

Fingers crossed it all ends up worth it eh! :) x x x

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Re: How much does your commute cost you?

Post by Baneen03 » Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:40 pm

Loula wrote:This website[/url] is pretty accurate for calculating the amount of tax you'd pay, take home pay etc.
That website is mint. Bookmarked! Thanks for that :)

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Re: How much does your commute cost you?

Post by Peach » Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:52 pm

missvanwilder wrote:I have 2 jobs; one of which is 80 miles from my home (I do this 2.5 days a week, and in between the long journey to and from home, i stay with family 40 miles away from my work) and the other is about 110 miles in the opposite direction (i do this 2 days a week, but stay in a b&b over night in between). As a result I can't afford to pay rent and have to essentially live in my car/ stay at peoples houses!! Think it works out at about £100 a week :(

This feed has def made me feel a lot better - thank you!

Fingers crossed it all ends up worth it eh! :) x x x
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Re: How much does your commute cost you?

Post by EvieG2017 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:23 pm

I live in outer London (Eastham) which is located in zones 3 & 4 for TFL commute prices, whilst I enjoy living in London I definitely still haven't got used to how pricey the commute is to reach zone 1 where I work in Liverpool Street :roll: A travel card costs me £47.30 weekly which equates to around £178 a month. Whilst many of you may not think this is expensive, I definitely feel it coming from my monthly take home wage each month.

I earn £20,000 which is actually considered above London living wage, once the tax and NI deductions are taken off I'm left with http://www.income-tax.co.uk/calculator/20000 £1407 every month to live on.
£1407 minus the travel expenses leaves me with about £1220, then my living expenses come out from this with my rent being £600. I'm left with about £620 a month!

Not sure if that's a living wage what do you all think?? Seriously considering moving from London as I'm struggling to live financially! :|

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Re: How much does your commute cost you?

Post by CellarDoor » Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:11 pm

Mine's just under 60 miles each way - but I am still training so I don't go in every day. Once qualified I'd like to work closer to home! It's tiring - really tiring, the commute, at times. I think I pay £50 a week on fuel.

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