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The Frugal Handbook #6: Money Walks

When you need to book a cab, you’ll probably open the app, enter your pick-up and drop-off locations, check the fare price, and look for a ride.

This is a perfectly logical sequence of actions if you’re simply looking to get from point A to point B and willing to pay the stipulated price.

But ocassionally, this price may be a bit higher than what you were hoping to pay, especially if the distance is fairly short.

With some luck and walking, you may be able to drive the price of your ride down by $1 – $2.

After seeing the cost of the ride between your desired pick-up and drop-off points, try changing them to other nearby places and check if the ride’s fare changes.

From personal experience, changing my pick-up/drop-off location by as little as 1 block has allowed me to save $1 on my ride, and ocassionally even $2.

Between the 2, I usually prefer changing my drop-off location.

This way, I don’t have to walk to another pick-up location, and I can request for the driver to drop me off at my actual, desired drop-off location anyway.

Even if I have to change my pick-up location, I think it’s still worth it – walking to the next block takes me less than a minute, and I get to save $1 for it.

$1 may not seem like much, but if you cab around frequently enough and manage to save $1 everytime, it adds up eventually. 

But if you end up having to walk to a location that’s 5 minutes away just to save $1, then I’d say it’s probably not worth it and you’d be better off paying the extra $1.

From my experience, this lifehack works best when the ride is fairly short, probably because small changes to the trip’s distance will have a higher chance of knocking the ride down to a lower fare bracket. 

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