Looking for tips on how to save transportation expenses? Here are some of our helpful ideas that can guide you to lessen your daily transportation expenses.

When it comes to personal finance, we are all looking for ways to save more money. Our daily budgets are filled with both big and small expenses that we imagine can be cut out to save us extra cash and in the very least, can be spent elsewhere to more important things. Here are some tips to save your wallet from transportation expenses:

  • Walk

Walking around on your own two feet is the least expensive, environmentally friendly form of transportation. Most especially if the place you are going is just a walking distance away. Common! Leave the gas guzzler in the garage (if you have a car at home) and start exercising those legs and feet! I know many of us will resort to riding side cars and tricycle, rather than walking for just a few blocks. But if you really want to save that money of yours, you’ll have to be more practical and wise. Just consider this, when you are in a vehicle, nose to tail with those in front, you are right in the middle of the source of the pollution. Most likely when you are riding a jeep, sidecars, and motorcycle wherein there is always an open window in which smoke can freely take as a route to your beloved respiratory system. BUT if you are walking, you aren’t at the center of air pollution! Dirty air became trapped in cars whereas cyclist and pedestrians had a constant flow of air breezing in from all directions around them. Another advantage of walking aside from it saves you the gas or the public vehicle fare, is that, it is naturally healthy to our body. It’s a good exercise because it will help you burn your fats and improve your respiratory system. It saves you and it saves the planet. Every time you choose to walk instead of using your own car, you’d be doing your part to save the world.

One of the things you can highly consider most especially if you are travelling quite a distance is using public transportation. But if you will choose to ride a Public transportation vehicle, the first thing that you have to do is to plan your route and know what PUV is the most appropriate to use. Why? To avoid spending more on PUV fares of course, and to avoid getting lost. Getting lost means spending more money, and we don’t want that now, do we? So you really have to plan which public transportation vehicles will help you cost you less but will take you exactly to where you want to go.

  • Jeepney

Jeepney is the cheapest public vehicle that you can afford but without the luxury of comfort and air condition, of course. The minimum fare for a public jeepney is 8 pesos with an additional 1 peso and 50 centavos per kilometre. Some trips are more expensive if you are going far. It depends on the route that the jeepney is taking. Keep in mind that SOME jeepneys here especially in Manila don’t go down every single street in town. They follow loading and unloading station policy to prevent traffic. Riding a jeepney is a great choice to save transportation expenses if you are travelling for just a km away.

  • LRT/MRT/PNR

Another public transportation that offers cheap and fastest way to get to the place you want without being stuck on traffic is by riding an LRT/MRT/PNR. It is a metropolitan rail way system serving the Metro Manila area in the Philippines. For those who are not yet updated about the new ticketing system of LRT’s and MRT’s, the old magnetic ticket fare collection system is totally replaced with the new smartcards, also known as beep cards. In riding an MRT, a single journey ticket is ranging from 13 pesos to 28 pesos with 20% discount for senior citizens and PWD’s valid only on the date of purchase. They also have stored value ticket which offers multiple ride ticket valid for 3 months from the date of purchase. In LRT, a single journey tickets costs about 15 pesos to 30 pesos. It is much cheaper and convenient if you are going to buy a stored value card. Stored value card offers cheaper fare than single journey tickets. If you buy a stored value card, you did not just save money, but you also spare yourself some time because now you don’t have to fall in line to buy a beep card. Just tap your stored value card and go straight to the waiting area for the train station.

The case is a little different when it comes to PNR. The PNR fare is ranging from 15 pesos to 60 pesos. It’s a bit expensive than the LRT and MRT because it runs and covers more distance than the two technologically advanced railways. It has stations from tutuban up to Calamba, Laguna. PNR is a big help because it is cheaper than riding several jeepneys which is completely hustle and very time consuming.

  • Ride a Bus

You can also resort in riding a bus if it needs long distance transportation. Riding the bus is something many commuters do in metro manila. It is one of the many public means of transport in our bustling metropolis. Buses stop at a designated loading and unloading station, or bus terminals. The Minimum fare for an ordinary bus is 10 pesos for the first five km with 1 peso and 95 cents additional for the succeeding kilometres. City buses usually have a conductor to collect fares and assist passengers. Traveling by bus is slower compared to taking the MRT, LRT, and PNR but still, many prefer taking it because it is more convenient than taking the trains. This is the best option if you are going somewhere outside Manila because you don’t have to ride and pay for several PUV’s. You can just sit there and relax while waiting for the bus to reach your destination.

  • Taxi/Grab/Uber

If you want to spare yourself from the jam-packed people in PUV’s and you want to have the privilege of privacy and comfort you can always count on Taxis, Grab and Uber. Taxis are a little different from Uber and Grab if you aren’t familiar with these three. The standard fare for taxis is 40 pesos and it adds up as the meter of the taxi ticks by. I can’t say that Uber and Grab are much cheaper than riding a taxi because it depends on the location. But I know for sure that Uber and Grabs are far better than taxi when it comes to services.  In my experience with Grab cars and Uber, they have fixed prices that depend on how far the location is. Changing the destination or route, or making multiple stops will cause Uber and Grab to generate a new price based on the distance and duration of the ride. I think the price also varies depending on certain situations. Taxis, Grab, and Uber is most convenient to use if you want to be dropped off exactly to the location that you want. The prices will go lower especially if its past rush hour or the traffic flow is light.

Author: Christian Leika Paug

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