Is it worth it to spend more for a better commute?
I currently live with my parents and take public transportation to work every day. It takes roughly two hours door to door each way – sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. My day looks like this:
Wake up 5 A
Drive to train station at 5:40 A
Get on train 5:54 A
Get off train 7:15 A
Get on (free) shuttle 7:30 A
Arrive at work 7:45
Start at 8 A
Leave work between 6:30 – 8:30 P
Get home between 8:45 P and 10:15 P
Then repeat M – F.
I don’t pay rent but I do pay for the train which is about $450 / mo. I know many people may ask why I don’t just get a car, but traffic is so bad during rush hour plus the cost of gas / tolls / insurance etc. It doesn’t really save me much time or money because it’s still far regardless.
I’m looking at an apartment now that’s $900 + utilities (this is with roommates and considered a good price. apartments here are expensive). It would also be $82 monthly rail pass. However, I could wake up at 6:30 instead of 5 and be home at a more reasonable time. I can afford this with my income (avg about 3,200/mo) but obviously won’t be saving nearly as much.
I’m just curious as to WWYD? Part of me thinks this move might give me a better quality of life (and more sleep) but I also don’t like the thought of spending a little more than double the amount I currently do when I don’t have to. I don’t love the commute but I know I can do the commute, although I do get really tired throughout the day. Is it worth it to spend more?