+ 1 Votes "So what do I do ..." CharlieSpencer_Palmetto 2 years ago Overhaul your resume and start looking for another job. Consider one that may pay less but is closer to home than two hours; what you lose in money you may save in gas. + 0 Votes Yes, do the math GSG 2 years ago I drive 100 miles per day just to get to work and home again, so a couple of years ago, I sat down and figured out how much I spend per working hour in gas money when gas is at $2, $3, and $4 per gallon, then estimated the same if I worked within 10 miles of where I lived. From there, I figured out how much of a net pay decrease that would be, then figured in my payroll tax to get the gross pay cut I could stand. I was surprised at how much of a cut I could take. I've kept that in a spreadsheet and refer to it occasionally. Also, since I drive my vehicles to well over 100,000 miles, I figured out my car payment savings would last an extra few years, which means that I could take an even larger pay cut. In fact, I ended up breaking everything down in a spreadsheet that took essentials like house payment, insurance, food, etc... and figured how much per hour goes to those items, then the stuff that I didn't have to have went in its own section. I cut quite a bit of unnecessary spending out of my budget when I saw the ratio between the percentage of my salary that went to essentials, the percentage to savings, and the percentage to entertainment.