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Old 06-11-2009, 12:27 AM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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For those of us who can car or vanpool, I highly suggest looking into it. The Feds have instituted a tax incentive where if your employer subscribes to it, they can deduct money from your paycheck pre-tax! In addition, some employers subsidize vanpools or carpools so it is a real treat.

For example, in my area of Seattle, it costs around $120 /mo for gas at $3 / gallon. I get around 28 mpg. If I do a vanpool, even if my employer didn't subscribe to the federal program it would still halve my transportation costs, since the vanpool is $60 / month. With my employer discount, it is more like $27 / month after the tax incentive is factored in.

It's convenient too if done right. Most vanpools are not mandatory attendance, so a 15 person van may have 25 people sign up but most of the time only 10-12 people show up due to work or life obligations.

That and you're saving the mileage on your car, which boosts resale value, and frees up the road. If you have carpool lanes in your area, even better.

And a little extra boost is you'll be saving the planet. 10 people in a van getting 10 mpg (it'll be more like 15 mpg, but for conservatism I will use a smaller number) you will get the equivalent of 100 mpg. All without having to buy a funny looking spaceship car.

And what better excuse to leave work at a prescribed time and avoid a late meeting than "Sorry, but my vanpool is about to leave."
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Old 06-13-2009, 10:42 AM
 
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And what better excuse to leave work at a prescribed time and avoid a late meeting than "Sorry, but my vanpool is about to leave."
Yup, and I am the one who has to stay and do the vanpooler's job because he has to go - at 4:00!! Are all vanpools early in/early out????
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:42 PM
 
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Most are probably late in/early out.
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Old 06-14-2009, 09:20 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Most are probably late in/early out.

No, not really. Most are early in / early out because they want to avoid traffic because no one lets in the vanpoolers change lanes, not to mention traffic is aggravating.

And I guess you're in the wrong field if your job is interchangeable.

What is wrong with saving money? Isn't this the "frugal living" forum???
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Old 06-17-2009, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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This is a GREAT idea. My dh and two co-workers do this. We live about 30 miles (one way) to their work. My dh only drives every third week.
Works out GREAT and saves LOTS of money .
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Old 06-21-2009, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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I don't like riding to or from with anyone.....or them riding with me. It's my quiet time listening to the radio, plus I like going to work early. I guess I would bend if gas got beyond my financial control.
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