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Results: How much (£) per month do you spend on your work commute?

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    • annetheman
    • By annetheman 15th Nov 19, 10:10 PM
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    Commute costs: how much does it cost you to get to work every month?
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    • 15th Nov 19, 10:10 PM
    Commute costs: how much does it cost you to get to work every month? 15th Nov 19 at 10:10 PM
    I'd be really interested to find out how much your commute to work costs - can you estimate the amount per month?

    I'm looking at around £400 per month if I go into the office every day or £160 if I work from home 3 days a week, and I thought this was pretty high but I suspect it's somewhat normal for commuters in the South East of England who work in London?

    I feel like work commute costs are usually not something people take notice of, probably because it is an unavoidable necessity for most so just accepted as a fixed cost in life - certainly when I drove to work, I didn't really think about how much fuel I spent per month.

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    • Johnmcl7
    • By Johnmcl7 15th Nov 19, 10:47 PM
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    • 15th Nov 19, 10:47 PM
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    • 15th Nov 19, 10:47 PM
    Lucky to say commuting costs nothing as it's a short walk.
    • sharp910sh
    • By sharp910sh 15th Nov 19, 10:48 PM
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    • 15th Nov 19, 10:48 PM
    zero i just walk
    • Brynsam
    • By Brynsam 15th Nov 19, 10:49 PM
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    • #4
    • 15th Nov 19, 10:49 PM
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    • 15th Nov 19, 10:49 PM

    I feel like work commute costs are usually not something people take notice of, probably because it is an unavoidable necessity for most so just accepted as a fixed cost in life - .
    Originally posted by annetheman
    Do you? I think you'll find commuting costs (certainly in London and the south east) are very much something people take notice of, especially if they need to use public transport. Estate agents certainly hammer home the point where commuting costs are 'reasonable', as do papers like Metro and the London Evening Standard, who regularly have features on the best places to commute from, including the cost of doing so.
    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 16th Nov 19, 7:37 AM
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    • #5
    • 16th Nov 19, 7:37 AM
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    • 16th Nov 19, 7:37 AM
    £50 per week on fuel plus £18 on tolls.
    • paddyandstumpy
    • By paddyandstumpy 16th Nov 19, 7:49 AM
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    • 16th Nov 19, 7:49 AM
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    • 16th Nov 19, 7:49 AM
    Circa 18,000 miles a year (mainly motorway speed) driving commute:

    1. £200 a month on diesel
    2. Service every 9 months ~£150 a time
    3. Multiple tyres due to potholes (poor state of roads) ~£55 a corner
    4. Bulbs tend to last circa 10k miles ~£25 a pair, a time
    5. Insurance is quite high due to mileage ~ 30% load (estimated)
    6. Depreciation on a car, doing heavy mileage (bought a 48k mileage 7 year old diesel manual for £5.3k, now worth barely £2k on 97k miles)

    Just waiting for the clutch to go (regret not buying an auto!) and need a new cambelt next summer.
    • nicechap
    • By nicechap 16th Nov 19, 7:58 AM
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    • 16th Nov 19, 7:58 AM
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    • 16th Nov 19, 7:58 AM
    I'd be really interested to find out how much your commute to work costs - can you estimate the amount per month?

    I'm looking at around £400 per month if I go into the office every day or £160 if I work from home 3 days a week, and I thought this was pretty high but I suspect it's somewhat normal for commuters in the South East of England who work in London?

    I feel like work commute costs are usually not something people take notice of, probably because it is an unavoidable necessity for most so just accepted as a fixed cost in life - certainly when I drove to work, I didn't really think about how much fuel I spent per month.

    Thanks for your answers!
    Originally posted by annetheman
    That sounds very cheap for daily flights to San Francisco.

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    • Trina90
    • By Trina90 16th Nov 19, 8:15 AM
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    • 16th Nov 19, 8:15 AM
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    • 16th Nov 19, 8:15 AM
    £150 a month on petrol, bearing in mind that is also my husband's commute (we're colleagues) it's pretty good. We also have to drive back to work a lot for overtime in the week and at the weekend.
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    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 16th Nov 19, 8:56 AM
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    • 16th Nov 19, 8:56 AM
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    • 16th Nov 19, 8:56 AM
    Lucky to say commuting costs nothing as it's a short walk.
    Originally posted by Johnmcl7
    zero i just walk
    Originally posted by sharp910sh
    Ditto Message too short
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    • ConsumerMatt
    • By ConsumerMatt 16th Nov 19, 11:42 AM
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    I pay around £220 per month for train & tube. I live in the South East but I'm in the sweet spot of being far enough from London for property within my means but close enough for pay as you go Oyster. Plus there's working from home and as I often work 0800-1600, if I get out a few mins early I can sometimes tap in just before peak fares begin!

    "I feel like work commute costs are usually not something people take notice of". I completely agree with this with regards to the bulk of full time train commuters. Exactly as you said - unavoidable and non-negotiable so I ignore it for my own sanity.

    Saying that, people often behave as if the £5,000+ annual season ticket folk are somehow crazy. On the contrary, in a purely financial sense (disregarding travel time and quality of home life) this will remain the smart choice as long as the London and home counties wage disparity remains so significant. My commute costs could quadruple and I'd still be far better off financially working in London compared to locally. I suspect the train companies know this.
    Last edited by ConsumerMatt; 16-11-2019 at 11:53 AM.
    • 74jax
    • By 74jax 16th Nov 19, 11:49 AM
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    I feel like work commute costs are usually not something people take notice of, probably because it is an unavoidable necessity for most so just accepted as a fixed cost in life - certainly when I drove to work, I didn't really think about how much fuel I spent per month.

    Thanks for your answers!
    Originally posted by annetheman
    It's a big consideration for me. And affects where I apply for jobs etc too.
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    • splishsplash
    • By splishsplash 16th Nov 19, 12:01 PM
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    I walk also and have always worked within walking or cycling distance of work.

    Time and money spent on commuting would be among my top priorities in choosing where to live, I'm surprised to see you think people don't rate it.
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    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 16th Nov 19, 12:49 PM
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    I think you'll find commuting costs (certainly in London and the south east) are very much something people take notice of, especially if they need to use public transport.
    Originally posted by Brynsam
    Also, as a regular financial commitment, mortgage lenders now have to take commuting costs into account when assessing affordability. I know a friend of my daughter struggled to borrow the amount needed when they were looking to buy their first home because they were planning to buy a bit further away from their work (where house prices were a bit cheaper) and their commuting costs would increase as a result.
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    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 16th Nov 19, 12:54 PM
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    I walk also and have always worked within walking or cycling distance of work.

    Time and money spent on commuting would be among my top priorities in choosing where to live, I'm surprised to see you think people don't rate it.
    Originally posted by splishsplash
    I agree. I work part time in a low paid job two minutes walk from my home and have looked at full time work in one of the bigger towns closest to me, but would be no better off financially after paying travelling costs plus I would spend about two hours a day travelling (/sitting in traffic) in addition to the extra working hours each day
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    • Deep In Debt
    • By Deep In Debt 16th Nov 19, 1:07 PM
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    It's a big consideration for me. I'm lucky to live in an area where employment opportunities are good so I have no reason to commute long distances.

    I'm lucky that I work a 10 minute drive away and I have a small, economical car so £20 petrol lasts me nearly 3 weeks for work use only. I can get the bus as my stop is just a couple of minutes walk and the bus stops right out side my office but the bus works out more expensive with regular use so I use the bus occasionally.
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    • Pennywise
    • By Pennywise 17th Nov 19, 11:34 AM
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    I make the conscious decision to work close to home. That has meant I have taken lower-paid jobs but I've balanced that by cost and time savings of not having a long commute.

    In my area, (North West run down town), public transport is expensive and routes/timestables are extremely limited, so driving is the only realistic option.
    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 17th Nov 19, 11:36 AM
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    Circa 18,000 miles a year (mainly motorway speed) driving commute:

    1. £200 a month on diesel
    2. Service every 9 months ~£150 a time
    3. Multiple tyres due to potholes (poor state of roads) ~£55 a corner
    4. Bulbs tend to last circa 10k miles ~£25 a pair, a time
    5. Insurance is quite high due to mileage ~ 30% load (estimated)
    6. Depreciation on a car, doing heavy mileage (bought a 48k mileage 7 year old diesel manual for £5.3k, now worth barely £2k on 97k miles)

    Just waiting for the clutch to go (regret not buying an auto!) and need a new cambelt next summer.
    Originally posted by paddyandstumpy
    I was wondering how deep to go with this.
    Iíve just purchased a new car on HP, technically this is a capital expense, but the annual depín will be an expense and the interest.
    I am a required car user so a reliable car is essential.
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 17th Nov 19, 2:49 PM
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    My first job and the last 8 yrs of my working life (now retired) were the same - nil as I walked. Between these , 2 commutes of approx 4 miles each way and 2 of approx 15 miles each way, all 4 by car.
    • Mrs_Ryan
    • By Mrs_Ryan 17th Nov 19, 11:24 PM
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    I went for the £100-200 but at the moment it’s actually more because I need to pay for a taxi at the end of my shift to take me to the train station which I don’t need to do in summer- as the walk to the station is along an unlit canal path at night and being a lone disabled female I don’t feel safe doing this during autumn/winter when it’s as dark as it is.
    My work is half an hour away by car, I was offered Access to Work but I was told I would need to pay for all my taxis myself and then claim back! This would come to roughly £2k a month and I only earn £900 so I had to decline
    I have a disabled persons railcard so I buy a ticket each day as it’s £12 cheaper over the week than a weekly season and about £50 a month cheaper than a monthly season. I have a five hour round trip commute though!
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    • username901
    • By username901 17th Nov 19, 11:55 PM
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    My main clients office is 2 miles away, sometimes I work from home, sometimes I'll bike it in, unless it's too hot, too cold, too wet, too windy, too icy, too foggy, too dark, too bright or too tired. Otherwise according to my mot certificate, I've done 7000 miles in last 36 months. I won't work for a client if I can't see their office from my house.
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