June 25, 20215 Tips to Save Money as a Truck Driver
- AVOID BUYING SUPPLIES WHEN ON THE ROAD
Take the time to be organized and plan in advance what you do need to carry with you on the road. When on the road, avoid buying food at truck stops since there’s always a big markup on goods in a truck stop. Having your own food and drink supply in your truck can be both a real time saver as a real money saver. In addition to that, you should carry with you all personal hygiene items you need when on the road, since there’s always a big markup on personal hygiene items in a truck stop, too.
- TAKE ADVANTAGE OF REWARD/POINTS PROGRAMS
Many of the big chain stops have reward programs. Saving points on your reward card can get you free showers etc., so be sure you are taking advantage of these.
- USE WIFI
Save money on your cell phone plan by taking advantage of WiFi wherever it’s available. Calls and texts aren’t so pricey, but data costs on a phone can be very expensive.
WiFi is very commonly available at most restaurants and truck stops.
- PLEASE, TRY TO RETURN AT LEAST 20% OF MONEY SUM YOU HAVE CARRIED WITH YOU WHILE ON THE ROAD
If you succeed in returning one fifth of money you have carried with you while on the road, this will boost your motivation amazingly, thus making you determined to successfully do the same thing on subsequent occasions. If you are able to save more money than the last time, then so much the better. However, you shouldn’t tire yourself out and about since amount of 30% of saved money is an excellent achievement.
- YOU WON’T MAKE A LOT
Finally, for your first year or two as a trucker, it’s important to know that you won’t make as much money as more experienced drivers. This is simply because experienced drivers have shown they have the skills and experience to safely haul freight and will be given loads that pay better. Keep a great record, work hard, get all the experience you can and you will be moving up and making more before you know it.