How much would you pay for parking?

For various reasons, my parking situation at my downtown has changed. I went from a very convenient attached parking arrangement (parking garage was physically connected to my office building by a doorway so I never had to step foot outside from the moment i woke up until I went to bed that night) that cost $115/month.

I consider that expensive but not a dealbreaker and I was paying for the convenience of never having to bring boots, sneakers, a hat, a coat, an umbrella...never having rain-hair or wiping out in the snow. Plus, it cut down on my "commute" by not having to walk.

We left that bldg and moved to where the best parking option was an enclosed, private garage exactly catty corner to the office bldg. At $85/month, I was OK w/ this. You had to walk outside but just long enough to cross the street one way, and then ceross it again the other way...less than two minutes outside. Needed sensible shoes on icy days but not necessarily boots.

Then we left that bldg, and moved to a place where the best parking option was underground parking attached to the office building. At $185/month, this might just too much. IDK how i feel about this. Leaning towards no.

So instead I was at a place 5 blocks away from my bldg but could walk most of that indoors, thru other office bldgs and a series of covered overhead catwalks. That cost $100/month. It was Ok but the management pissed me off and I left.

Now I am at a place 1.5 blocks away. I got the first two months cheap, but come November, it will be $105/month.

Several coworkers are saying these options are all too expensive and they want something cheaper. (That will put them at 10-15 minute walks, all uncovered, outdoors. But for prices ranging from $46-85/month. One spot has a 12 minute walk and provides a shuttle during the coldest 10 weeks of the year that would take me about 2/3 of the way to my bldg.)

Maybe they have the point; i'd like to save more money every month.

I'm trying to decide it I am willing to brave the elements (esp during the winter) to save $50 or $60.

I can't really consider any of this exercise bc 10-15 mins of walking barely counts (I think 15-20 mins is the minimum that can count as aerobic activity?) bc on NICE days I walk 30-60 minutes at lunch. 10 mins in the rain or snow is more of a pain in the ass than exercise IMO.

What are your thoughts?
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

Are all of these in safe areas? When I worked in downtown Baltimore for a time I was walking about six blocks or so to a garage to save money. Then one night during tax season, I was almost the victim of a gang attack. The next day I moved to the garage next to my building. Yes, something could probably happen there too but with the higher price came better security.
hmmmmm good point. I tend to work really late on the evenings when I don't have to pick up my kids. And our downtown area (cow-town that this place is) really clears out by 6 pm. IDK if I could say any of these downtown areas would be safe after 6 pm.

hmmmmmmm

I just feel very foolish paying double what other ppl are paying, when I stop and think about it, esp since either way I will have to do some walking.

What was the significance of tax season in your story? That you worked late those months bc your office was busier than usual?

But other than the near attack, did you hate the 6 block walk? Was it miserable in the winter?
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

When it comes to parking, I think close and covered trumps cheap. At least it does for me.
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I would do cheap if the walk is 10 blocks or less especially if it's on a bus line just in case I don't feel like walking some days.

But something that would be a consideration for me is the amount of time I have between the time I get off work and the time I have to pick up the kids. I rarely get to leave on time so a long walk could really mess up my schedule.
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The question is what's more important to you, time or money.

You don't know everyone's situation. Maybe money is really tight for them, so a long walk is worth saving a few bucks. Or maybe they do see that as their daily exercise.

If you can afford it and you like the convenience of parking close to work then do it. Don't worry about what the other people are doing or how much they're paying.
If you got nothing to bring to the table - don't even bother sitting down.
Currently the best option I have for covered parking is 85/month, safe and good garage and it's about a 10 minute walk. Really sucks in the winter because it gets windy in between the buildings where I walk. And I don't wear very high heels anymore to work (I got tired of doing the shoe change thing). Walking there really late at night sucks though as it's a bit isolated. Usually I get someone to walk with me or I'm on the phone and let someone know.

I thought about it - if I had other options, how much more would I pay(because it does kind of suck)? 50-60 more might be much. You could save over 600 a year by walking a little further. I don't know if i could justify that to myself.
The question is what's more important to you, time or money.

You don't know everyone's situation. Maybe money is really tight for them, so a long walk is worth saving a few bucks. Or maybe they do see that as their daily exercise.

If you can afford it and you like the convenience of parking close to work then do it. Don't worry about what the other people are doing or how much they're paying.
Originally Posted by Jenny C
I can afford to pay what I am currently paying but I would like to start saving more money every month.

So if I saw the closer parking as a necessary evil, I would continue to pay. But if I started to see it as a frivolous waste of money w/o a significant benefit, then I would switch to something cheaper.

Like I am worried about noticeable wear and tear on my shoes, mud-stained backs-of-pants on rainy days, the possibility of losing a shoe by having to wear sneakers for the walk and carrying shoes in my bag, torn clothing from falling in the snow, damage to my handbags from carrying too much crap too far, frequent bad hair days, too much time added to my commute (thank you, Po).

Don't laugh at me...this is how I think.

To make matters worse, another parking garage downtown was condemed last week and will be torn down, displacing 400 parkers. Now the closeby garages have all filled up. So if I leave my current closeby parking garage and decide I don't like the long commute over the bridge, there may not be anywhere available for me to come back to.

And we need a group of 10 to get the $46/month rate. We have maybe 7 ppl ready to sign. So if bail, I could be messing it up for the others.

IDK this is becoming such a hard decision for me.

I think it stems from the yrs of bad hair days and running from the rain (you know, the curly hair syndrome).
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

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