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Carpooling with a spouse or co-worker and relying on public transportation are two common alternatives for one-car families. Depending on the distance of your commute, bicycling and walking to the office are other low-cost alternatives, weather permitting, Gerhard says.

The dawn of the virtual office is allowing one more option -- no commute at all. Gerhard suggests asking your employer about telecommuting, which is becoming more popular as offices downsize their space.

Whichever mode you choose, conduct a trial run to work out any logistical challenges.

"Say you're going to park the car for a month and not even touch it," Gerhard says. "Maybe some unexpected things will crop up."


 

 

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