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me and my partner have just moved to retford from leeds as she has taken up a teaching job here i still currently work at a bakery warehouse in leeds approx 60 mins away straight up the a1 [on a good … Read More
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7m, 3w agoPosted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
me and my partner have just moved to retford from leeds as she has taken up a teaching job here i still currently work at a bakery warehouse in leeds approx 60 mins away straight up the a1 [on a good day] now i have looked for jobs here and basicly the wages here are nothing compared to what i get in my current role just over 9 pound a hour and double time on a sunday

plus the fact i get 28 days holl and about 800 pound bonus a year yes the traveling can get a bit tough going home

i googled which cars has the best mpg etc ...and low and behold my car came top fiesta 1.6 diesel econetic is there anyway i can get more out of the car ? is supermarket diesel not as good as bp say ? or is diesel just diesel

i was just wondering does anyone else travel alot of miles to work ? and opinons if my journey is sustanible over a long period of time ? i currently stay at my parents one day a week just to save on diesel money
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7m, 3w agoPosted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Is the 10-12 hours extra travelling time and fuel and car costs really going to be worth it for £9 per hour vs £7. 65 per hour? I assume you included the 8 public holidays in your quoted 28 days annual leave...
#2
no the bank holls are extra which i work and get double time or treble time and if i work sundays its 18.50 a hour

the jobs here are like 7.50 a hour plus traveling time
#3
Sounds as if your change of circumstances means a fresh look at your budget. Other than the driving, there will be other areas to explore where you can save a bob or two.You might find this clicky budgeting tool useful.
#4
it's not all about the money. get a job close to home and spend the extra hours each day with family, exercising or just being at one with yourself. I don't think fuel n is going to make things much better, maybe try coasting on all downhills sections and only use brakes in an emergency
#5
Not sure if this is at all possible for you. But I travel from Birmingham to Oxford daily which is about 75-90 mins on average. I've managed to significantly reduce my commute costs (and sanity) by finding a car share. I drive about 30 mins to my colleague and he drives the rest to work as he has a far more economical car.
#6
As you state you've got one of the most economical diesel cars. The only way you could really reduce the cost of your commute is to look look at an electrical vehicle / hybrid.
#7
By my very brief calculations your fuel costs incurred by travelling to and from work will be around £2,400 over the year. Not including any mechanical costs that these 100+ miles every single working day will cost you. Then there is the two hours+ every single working day that you could either spend with your family or, if you really need the money, do more work in. Plus, what happens if your car breaks down, even if just for a week or so? You can't get a taxi to work. You can't get a lift off a mate. You can't bike it. You're just too far away.

You could look around, get a job very close to home, maybe get a bike. Hey presto, do that and you've effectively got a £2,400 pay rise to compensate for potentially lower wages than you currently earn. Or, you could consider a change of career and get a better paying job doing something you've never looked at before.

There is no way on earth I would consider what you're doing - family life is just too important to me.


Best of luck.


SP
#8
An hour travel each way isn't bad
#9
if you looking to do it in a long run it's gonna be exhaus
#10
exhausting, but while u working an hour drive u can still look for something suitable closer,
for car I would recommend the 1.9 German car I drive for living with a Skoda u get 10 litre u get 100+ miles on mix journeys.
September coming so holiday season starting soon vacancies will be opening soon
#11
I would only consider that length of commute if I was earning silly money. Its an hour to London where you can earn the silly money for me and I would have done it before I had a family but only if money wise it was really worth my while. I prefer my time spent at home.
#12
You could always get the Fiesta remapped, An eco remap that is ;), You'll probably get a good few extra mpg perhaps as much as 10% and a definite performance increase, So long as you don't thrash it you'll not put any extra strain on the clutch or engine etc.
#13
scrumpypaul
By my very brief calculations your fuel costs incurred by travelling to and from work will be around £2,400 over the year. Not including any mechanical costs that these 100+ miles every single working day will cost you. Then there is the two hours+ every single working day that you could either spend with your family or, if you really need the money, do more work in. Plus, what happens if your car breaks down, even if just for a week or so? You can't get a taxi to work. You can't get a lift off a mate. You can't bike it. You're just too far away.
You could look around, get a job very close to home, maybe get a bike. Hey presto, do that and you've effectively got a £2,400 pay rise to compensate for potentially lower wages than you currently earn. Or, you could consider a change of career and get a better paying job doing something you've never looked at before.
There is no way on earth I would consider what you're doing - family life is just too important to me.
Best of luck.
SP
Exactly this. Never forget to factor in the value of your free time, especially if you're including time with loved ones. You could get a job much closer to home, earn £1 less an hour, still save money overall because of the reduction in travel costs / time, and have much more time with your family. It sounds like a pay cut is potentially win / win to me. Sit down and do a few basic calculations - you may be surprised.:)
#14
I agree with scrumpypaul but if you're determined to keep your existing job, in order to get better mpg you'll need to set off even earlier and drive at a constant 55-60mph all the way...
#15
thanks for all the great comments i start some mornings at 5am where there is completly no traffic on the way there and do a steady 60 and get there in just under a hour ....i can already see some of you saying wow u live a hour away from work and u start at 5am !! LOL ..it is mad i know but i have always done early early starts

i enjoy working for this company been there 5 years and the people and managers who work there are great people this is another thing i dont really want to loose

the family thing is ok at the mo i have a 16 month old girl and because i finish just after lunch time i get to spend lots of time with her
#16
andyleeds20
thanks for all the great comments i start some mornings at 5am where there is completly no traffic on the way there and do a steady 60 and get there in just under a hour ....i can already see some of you saying wow u live a hour away from work and u start at 5am !! LOL ..it is mad i know but i have always done early early starts
i enjoy working for this company been there 5 years and the people and managers who work there are great people this is another thing i dont really want to loose
the family thing is ok at the mo i have a 16 month old girl and because i finish just after lunch time i get to spend lots of time with her
sounds as if you have pretty much got things sussed - nice work/life balance and you clearly value your work relationships! Understandably, like many of us you just want to see if there are any other ways of saving. Do take a look at that link in post #3 - it will take you about 30 mins to complete and you need to collect details of your income and expenditure first. It works on the simple basis of maximising your income and minimising your expenditure. I'm not saying it will - but there is a chance it will reveal you are missing out on some benefits and/or there might be some money you could save by switching energy suppliers, insurance providers etc. Good Luck.
#17
tardytortoise
andyleeds20
thanks for all the great comments i start some mornings at 5am where there is completly no traffic on the way there and do a steady 60 and get there in just under a hour ....i can already see some of you saying wow u live a hour away from work and u start at 5am !! LOL ..it is mad i know but i have always done early early starts
i enjoy working for this company been there 5 years and the people and managers who work there are great people this is another thing i dont really want to loose
the family thing is ok at the mo i have a 16 month old girl and because i finish just after lunch time i get to spend lots of time with her
sounds as if you have pretty much got things sussed - nice work/life balance and you clearly value your work relationships! Understandably, like many of us you just want to see if there are any other ways of saving. Do take a look at that link in post #3 - it will take you about 30 mins to complete and you need to collect details of your income and expenditure first. It works on the simple basis of maximising your income and minimising your expenditure. I'm not saying it will - but there is a chance it will reveal you are missing out on some benefits and/or there might be some money you could save by switching energy suppliers, insurance providers etc. Good Luck.

thankyou so much
#18
will you be changing your name to andyretford?
#19
andyleeds20
the family thing is ok at the mo i have a 16 month old girl and because i finish just after lunch time i get to spend lots of time with her
That's great. Good luck, whichever way you end up going.:)
#20
sounds like you should have moved somewhere in between retford and Leeds :)
#21
Honestly 60 minutes isn't that bad, plus you have the benefit of being flexible with your hours and being able to drive (I'd much rather drive an hour than be crammed in the bus/train/tube for an hour with apparently everyone else in London). It's clearly working for you so I say it's sustainable. I wish I could drive an hour to a job I was that enthusiastic about, rather than spend half that time commuting while rationalising another 8 hours to soon be flushed down the toilet.

Edited By: Muir on Sep 06, 2016 15:53
#22
I'd want £20+ an hour to travel for an hour each way to work, my 15 min walk (or more often 5 min drive) & 15 min train is enough for me. I guess an hour would be alright if it was public transport with a seat you can read or go on your phone or something instead, but driving? No chance.


Edited By: dcx_badass on Sep 06, 2016 19:17
#23
...if I use supermarket diesel my car runs like a bag of poo! if I use decent diesel...shell/Esso it runs fine and I get around 10% more out the tank..if u have a Costco nearby with a fuel station even better....there Premium diesel is brilliant and no more than bog standard supermarket diesel
#24
theshepherd83
...if I use supermarket diesel my car runs like a bag of poo! if I use decent diesel...shell/Esso it runs fine and I get around 10% more out the tank..if u have a Costco nearby with a fuel station even better....there Premium diesel is brilliant and no more than bog standard supermarket diesel
ever heard of risk compensation theory. there is no benefit of top shelf diesel vs supermarket diesel.

i due a daily commute 50 miles each way using cruise control... shell or bp never made any difference. in fact rain or wind had more impact on my economy than anything else
#25
its the same boring rules you have heard before, limit your speed, stick to 60 and it will make a big difference, keep on top of your tyre pressure, makesure its correct, theirs a sticker on your car when you open the driver door that tells you what it should be, and last one i can think of, do not carry extra weight, clear your boot, oh yeah, no roof racks.
#26
mattsokolinski
theshepherd83
...if I use supermarket diesel my car runs like a bag of poo! if I use decent diesel...shell/Esso it runs fine and I get around 10% more out the tank..if u have a Costco nearby with a fuel station even better....there Premium diesel is brilliant and no more than bog standard supermarket diesel
ever heard of risk compensation theory. there is no benefit of top shelf diesel vs supermarket diesel.

i due a daily commute 50 miles each way using cruise control... shell or bp never made any difference. in fact rain or wind had more impact on my economy than anything else


i suppose it depends on the car you are driving... definitely makes a difference to my car by at least 10%. I always use cruise control and set it to 60 same journey, granted weather can be a factor but always see a jump in efficiency. I probably like most don't go off the trip computer in the car I always brim the car and work the mpg out manually....on that note though it does not make that much of a difference in my wife's petrol car.

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