There are only so many hours in a day, and the modern working class must know how to use these hours wisely in order to balance their lives. Whether you work in the suburbs or the city, there are many benefits of living close to work.
If you work in a city living costs might be higher but in the long run you save money on transportation costs. As gas prices get fat again this summer, your wallet will soon start getting skinnier. Living close to work you can ride the bus, lightrail, train, carpool or whatever public transportation system runs in your city. This will be a lot cheaper than wasting gas in stand-still traffic and sometimes companies offer major discounts for yearly transit passes. Be sure to ask your HR department about these passes!
Time is money and money is time, so when you have to spend an extra 3 hours commuting to work and trying to find parking you are essentially losing money. This time could be better spent on yourself or your family. Your children will appreciate you helping them with their homework or cheering them on at their football game. Or if you live by yourself, think of all the Netflix you can watch now! You will also have more time to get ready and catch a little more much-needed sleep.
The time you save on commuting can be spent at the gym or prepping healthy meals instead of going through a fast food drive-thru. According to the Mayo Clinic, an adult should be doing at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week. Living close to work also gives you the opportunity to ride your bike or even walk to work (only in the cool months of course!).
With more time on your hands, you will be able to be more flexible both at home and work. Now you will be closer to your home in case there is an emergency or you need to pick up your child from school early. You will also be able to possibly pick up extra hours or projects at work.