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How to Live Well Without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life Paperback – September 1, 2006
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"I hear people talking about how they couldn't live without a car. Then a few conversations later, they'll complain that their job doesn't pay enough and they don't have any money, without seeing the connection. The money I've saved from living car-free has helped me fund things like bike trips to Ireland and visits to farms in Tuscany." -- Jeffrey Rosenblum, 37
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The first practical, accessible, and sensible guide to living in North America without owning a car. Exposes the true costs of car ownership and shows how getting rid of your car can simplify your life and put you on the road to financial freedom. Packed with realistic, economical alternatives to owning a car, including chapters on carsharing, carpooling, and even car-free dating. Includes more than 100 real-world tips, strategies, and success stories from people who are happily car-free or "car-lite," from cities to suburbs. According to a 2004 American Automobile Association study, the average American spends $8,410 per year (roughly $700 per month) to own a vehicle.
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After reading this amazing book, I began to realize how much my car was actually costing me each month. Even though I had paid it off, my apartment makes me pay $50 a month for parking, and I have to pay $200 a month for insurance because I'm a male under 25... After suffering through using a base model car with no air conditioning for years, I had originally made up my mind to purchase a new car after graduation (one that had air conditioning), but then one day at work (I work at a used book store), someone donated a copy of this book (which was an advance reader's copy, and had no ISBN, so we couldn't do anything with it).
After reading this book cover to cover in about a week, my perspective has taken a 180 degree turn. Where previously I was trying to plan my life and future career around making enough to purchase and maintain a new car, now I am intent to sell my car as soon as I get my clean title back from the DMV! I'll be able to save $6,500 a year (from a car I already paid off completely) by selling it and not buying another car!
This book gives you everything you need to plan out living without a car. First it gives you reasons why its better to live without one, and then it shows you how. For anyone who is interesting in saving TONS of money, helping the environment, and decreasing stress, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!
Here are some much needed things to add:
1. Get the best walking shoes. I recommend Merrell Men Encore Groove Shoe j66429.
2. Carry a BIG Golf Umbrella everywhere you go
3. Remember to wrap your purse handle or shoulder bag strap around your arm so that you don't forget it on the bus
4. Keep a change of clothes at the office
5. Have cab fare in case of emergency
6. take the bus right before the one that is scheduled to get you to work on-time. Taking the earlier bus means cooler weather in the summer time
7.Check and see if a car sharing program like Zipcar.com is in your neighborhood, university, etc.
8. Always zip your purse or shoulder bag closed after opening it. It keeps things from spilling out when you least expect it.
9. keep your bus pass in the same place in your travel bag all the time. End the scurry cycle of searching the bag inside and out to find things when holding up the line.
10. Get a smartphone that you can check bus schedules with via internet and build some great mp3 music playlist to block out the people on the bus talking on their phones.
Learning to use public transportation is a blessing. It can be a scenic tour on the road less traveled if you let it. Being prepared, organized, and early instead of punctual will make all the difference.
You will be shocked how much money you can save and so quickly when not owning a car. Try it. The initial shock and adjustment are admittedly rough if you are totally new to public transit. That is why reading a book like this is SO HELPFUL!
I did it... you can too!