I’m in Canada and my grandfather is doing better now even though he will still be in intensive care for another few weeks. It is a sign of relief for the whole family and hopefully it’s nothing but good news from here on out.
Every day, we have a 35 km (approximately 22 miles) ride to the hospital. We did some calculations and we are literally spending $20 on gas (our car in Canada still wastes tons of gas) and another $19 on parking every single day. Since it is a full day event, we leave approximately 9am and leave around 5pm. So the rush hour traffic was not helping make it any faster nor cheaper.
Today, we decided to take the subway from now on. We figured that the expense would be as follows considering that we have to drive to the subway station:
- $2 gas for driving to the subway station
- $5 parking (to park our car there)
- $16.50 (two way fare for 3 people)
This means that we will save $15.50 per day, not to mention that we don’t have to waste our energy to drive in traffic. Too bad there’s no way to ride the bus to the subway station since we would save even more money. In our case, it might even be faster than driving the whole way since Toronto traffic is EXTREMELY bad during rush hours. It’s very surprising to me since I live close to Los Angeles and I’m used to traffic.
So to save money, energy and time, be frugal and use public transportation.