Car Free Living
One of the best ways to save a high percentage of your income is to adopt a car free lifestyle. Living in a walkable neighborhood and using a bicycle are key components of this lifestyle, as are public transit and car sharing services
First and foremost, you need a bike. The best way to get one is to look on Craigslist. People are always selling used bikes and it is possible to find high quality ones for less than $100. My old “get around town” bike cost $50 on Craigslist, and I later sold it for $60
For new bikes, Performance Bike has stores across the US and has great sales. I bought my last road bike at Performance Bike, and sold it on Craigslist when we started our travels.
Nashbar.com is a great resource for discounted bikes, bike components, and other bike gear.
Car Sharing Services
You can’t walk and bike everywhere; sometimes a car is more than a luxury. For those times, car sharing services get the job done at a fraction of the cost of car ownership
For big Costco trips or the occasional get together off the bus route, we had a Zipcar membership. For a low hourly rate, you get a car, gas, and insurance.
Car2Go is quickly becoming a strong option as well, with tiny Smart cars that you don’t need to return to the original pickup spot.
Uber has become my favorite motorized way to get around town. Using an app on your smartphone, you simply tell them to pick you up at your current GPS location and a few minutes later you are riding in style. Try it and get your first ride free
Amazon.com gets their own special mention. We don’t shop, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need things on occasion. Instead of advertising, Amazon.com subsidizes shipping costs so an order over $35 is shipped for free. Or they offer free 2-day shipping on all orders for members of Amazon Prime.
Now there is no reason to go to the store ever again