For two years I have been car free. Two years of relying on a bicycle to get around the island and the savings have been tremendous. I’ve spent less than $100 on transportation so far this year. No gas, no insurance, no maintenance to speak of. But there are other ways that not having a vehicle around can save a few bucks. Like yesterday.
I got a call around 8:30 in the morning. Kayak Kings had booked multiple kayak tours, and they needed a guide. So off I went to go kayak guiding. Our first trip was 2 people who went out with the owner at 9:00. I helped get the gear ready and relaxed until the noon trip came up. The noon trip started out for 3 and wound up being for 9, so both of us went out. Then 2 more booked for a 3:00 and I got to go out on that one. So I got to do 2 trips back to back, a total of nearly 6 hours of kayaking, with no more to eat than a can of tea and some water. By the time I got off the water I was a bit tuckered out and hungry, so I pedaled off back to the boat, with a sizable amount of cash for the day’s pay in hand. I got home, cleaned up, and at this point is where the savings kick in.
Had I still owned a vehicle, I would have hopped in and drove off to someplace expensive and of questionable nutritional value, because cooking wasn’t something I wanted to do. But, pedaling 5 miles into town in search of food and then pedaling back didn’t exactly appeal to me either. By this point the day was catching up to me. So instead of driving someplace and spending my hard earned money, I stayed home and grilled up dinner from what I had in the fridge. Still of questionable nutritional value, but at least it didn’t cost as much.
So not having the convenience of a vehicle around probably saved me $15 to $20 for dinner last night. This whole no car thing just continues to pay off in so many ways.