My husband drives an hour and fifteen minutes to work every day so that I can be a stay-at-home mom! It is a big sacrifice for him, but moving out to the boonies where we can actually afford to live has changed our life (and our finances) forever. Now, if the sound of driving that long every day makes you want to beat your head against your steering wheel, don’t worry–you’re not alone. However, there’s good news! There are a few things you can do to make your long commute more tolerable so that you can take advantage of living where you can afford.
Adopt a grateful attitude about commuting.
We purchased a home in the next state over so that I could stay at home with our child. Both my husband and I are extremely grateful to God that we are able to afford to live on one salary. When you let gratitude be your motivation, it changes everything!
Instead of letting self-pity control your commute and wreck your attitude before you even get to work, think about why you are living so far away. Taping a picture of your family (or whatever motivates you) to your dash can make it easier to remind yourself why the commute is necessary.
Crank up the radio.
Even with a grateful attitude, it can still be a drag to drive so far every day. Do some research and find the perfect radio station to jam out to on your drive. There are also a lot of amazing radio shows to listen to in the morning, which can be a fun distraction. Find what works for you, whether it is singing country music at the top of your lungs, being swept away by relaxing classical music, or listening to the news and getting up-to-date before you get to work.
Coffee… it helps.
Set the auto-drip timer on your coffee pot, and have your thermos ready to fill with the good stuff to take with you as you head out the door. Not only does coffee give you an energy boost, but having a treat with you in the car makes the commute a lot sweeter!
You get used to a long commute.
No matter how long your commute is, the drive feels like it goes by faster as you start to learn your route, and you really do get used to it. It becomes part of your routine, part of your day. Just like when you start a new workout routine, it is difficult at first, but once you get used to waking up earlier it just becomes part of life.
Commuting to work from an area with cheaper living expenses can save you a lot of money in the long run—we have saved over $13,000 a year! But how do you stand it? Adopt a grateful state of mind, turn on the radio, have your thermos filled with coffee in the cup holder, and after the first few weeks you will get used to it.
How far do you or your spouse commute everyday? Do you have any tips for surviving the commute? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!