October 28th, 2019

With housing costs rising in Bozeman, many families are choosing to live in outlying communities such as Belgrade, Manhattan, Livingston and even as far as Helena, and commute into Bozeman daily. It may be cost effective but sometimes the true cost of commuting is underestimated.  We’ve put together some factors to consider when deciding the cost vs. benefit of living far from work and commuting a long distance.

• Car payment

• Gas

• Car insurance

• Car repairs; oil, tires, etc.

• Environment effect

• Entertainment costs; music streaming, daily coffee run?

Wondering what your commute is costing you?  Check out the Commute Solutions calculator below and see!

If you really want to take an in-depth look, calculate how much you spend a year on commuting, whether it be by car, bus or bike. Add in other costs like gas, car maintenance, bike maintenance, etc. Compare that number to your salary to get a percentage of how much your salary is spent on commuting.

There are also some other options to look at to help cut down on cost if biking or walking just isn’t an option. Public transportation can in many cases be cheaper than commuting. Streamline Bus serves Bozeman, Belgrade, and Livingston – and is fare free!  You may also consider carpooling or joining a ride share.


What our clients are saying:

Jody Savage is knowledgeable, trustworthy and tireless. I purchased a property this spring (2017) near Bozeman; Jody represented me as well as the seller in the transaction. Jody led me through the entire process because this was the first property I had ever purchased. HOA complications and other details made the purchase more difficult. Jody undertook a boat-load of legwork to make the transaction go smoothly. I hope to work with Jody again.


My wife and I used Jody Savage for the sale of our home in Gallatin Gateway, MT. Jody was exceptional in all phases of our sale. We had multiple offers over asking price and sold our home in two days! Jody uses up to date modern marketing, was extremely professional and knowledgeable regarding our market and addressing our needs. She was great to work with and very responsive to any questions we had. Jody is the best in the business and we highly recommend her services!


Jody was awesome to work with. We were new to the area and she was helpful and knowledgeable about not only the housing market, but schools, and lenders. She worked with my work schedule for showings. Jody also stayed late to write an offer to meet our schedule. I would recommend Jody to anyone needing a realtor.


Jody is amazing. She knows the market and was able to advise us on all our many concerns. We so appreciated how responsive she was; within minutes of submitting an online request for realtor contact on a house, she had called us. All our communications with her were like that; we never had to wait long to hear back from her. She was patient and always willing to sit down and meet with us. When we found the house we wanted, she worked tirelessly to secure it for us, and she was extremely patient with us. She was easy to communicate with, understand, and a pleasure to work with – I highly recommend Jody!


Jody is FANTASTIC!! We were first time home buyers and she was with us ever step of the way! She never made us feel silly for being new to the process. She definitely knows the area, always kept us up to date on new listings and was just a delight to work with. I would have absolutely zero hesitation recommending her to anyone. Thanks for all the hard-work Jody! We love our house!