Distance to Work Does Matter

The wheels on the commute go round and round...pexels.com
Ever since I became a disciple of MMM I have dreamed of biking to work.  This dream has some roadblocks specifically I don't own a bike and my drive to work was 49 minutes solid over a rolling 23.4 miles.  To bike it would have taken me 2 hours and 10 minutes each way.  I am not in that great of shape and would not be able to function at work by the time I got there. 

Even 49 minutes each way was hard on me and the family.  I switched to that job back in October 2016 with the hope of being an IT architect and bringing in more income.  The hope also included my family being OK with a longer commute.

While work was more satisfying my personal life slowly deteriated.  My back problems worsened sitting for that long of time.  I would rush in the morning to get the kids to school, speed to work and still be late.  When I finally got to work I was already stressed out.  Rinse and repeat on the way home to make dinner in time.  If all went well I would get a whopping 1/2 hour with the kids before bedtime.

The stress was compounded because my job wanted me there from 8-5.  I was lucky to get there by 9:20 everyday.  They neglected to inform me there was no flex time when I took the job.

More burden was also placed on my wife to take care of all 5 kids.  We were turning to more and more unhealthy frozen meals and she was plain just stressed out.

Finally I made a call to my former boss.  We met for lunch and they offered me my job back making what I made at my new (well now old) job.

The drive is back to 15 minutes through our park system totaling 7 miles each way.  My (and my family) stress levels are way down and I am able to get home and cook some good stuff from scratch almost every day.  We finish dinner and I have several hours to play with the kids or work on chores.

There is this spreadsheet I keep to calculate if it is worth switching jobs or not.  With what happened with this job I added some calculations for mileage using the standard rate of $.535 and how much I pay myself to drive back and forth to work (my hourly rate).


Old Job Mileage
46.8 * .535=$25.038  per day
New Job Mileage
14 * .535=$7.49 per day

Mileage Savings = $17.548 per day

Say I earned $50 per hour for this example. 

Old Job
$50*1.5=$75.00 per day
New Job
$50*.5=$25.00 per day

Another $50 saved per day

I would save $68 per day by switching jobs

When all is said and done I should never have taken that job.  I was actually making less than my previous and the family wasn't any happier for it.  Now I make way more because I am closer to home AND we are all happier.

Next I am looking into a bike and getting in shape to ride to work…

When you switch jobs do you calculate your commute?

Happy Saving,

Dividend Family Guy


  1. My commute is a round trip of 5 miles per day. I think of how much I save in gas alone as a big reason why, even though I make a little less than some of my friends, I know that I am still coming out ahead or at least breaking even.

  2. DFG -

    Great way to introduce this. I travel 65-85 nights a year and am looking to leave, I simply can't do this anymore, currently typing this from Chicago (hometown is Cleveland). My personal life has suffered tremendously. Looking to work within a ~20 minute radius and home every night. That's something that you can't put a price on, should be happening soon, as well...

    1. Good luck. My brother was in sales and used to travel allot as well. It was stressful to his marriage and he missed his kids growing up. Eventually he found a job working close to home. I should have learned from him but had to learn the hard way. Again good luck on the job hunt.

  3. The contract I worked on moved from a corporate office to an onsite/army base office. Before we had won the contract I told my boss that I would like a $2,500 raise to compensate for my additional travel time if we won the contract. My commute went from 10 minutes to 30 and as such I demanded that my time be compensated. Luckily it was granted but as you mention, the stress level has definitely gone up. I hate my commute. Once just 4 miles, it is now 12.

    $2,500 might not have made up all of the difference but the shock on my boss's face still amuses me today. His first response "Are you serious (Laughter)". A minute later, he knew I was serious and his tone/admiration/demeanor changed. The wheels began spinning in his head to ask for a raise because of the commute. It was an interesting conversation and our relationship improved because of it.


    1. Good for you ADD (maybe you should have asked for more ;-) I used to work for Lockheed and work from home doesn't exist when you have to be in a secure facility.


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