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Posted by Bill Door on April 22, 2003 at 12:36:27:
In Reply to: To commute or not to commute... posted by Commuter... on April 22, 2003 at 11:34:23:
I'm in the same boat although I don't have the midweek trip you mention. It can take me anywhere between 1 hour 10 to 1 hr 25 mins to get to work Monday morning and something similar home Friday evening.
I figure it like this. To commute would mean approx 480 extra miles a week (excluding your periodic existing midweek trip). At 40 mpg thats approx 54 litres, at lets say 90 cent, that gives 48.6 euro a week extra petrol costs.
Theres the wear and tear on the car plus depreciation of its value if you were to do such high milage long term. Probably not an issue for you on a contract.
Theres your long working day, great fun in winter when its dark morning and evening. What effect will have on your work productivity and your home demeanor :-)
Finally theres your existing rental costs. Exclude bills as you'll pay these at home.
Obviously the above are mainly monetary considerations and do not take into account sharing a TV with a group of strangers in a rented house against hogging the remote at home/her place/whichever :-).
I'm renting but the reasons were more to do with starting a new job and wanting to be able able to concentrate on making a good impression by not falling asleep at my desk. Also the nature of the IT beast can often involve periods of longer hours and I didn't fancy the drive after those.