Trucking is a competitive and unique industry, and it can be easy for truck drivers to spend more than they’re comfortable with when they’re out on the road.
When you’re on the road for a long time, it’s normal to want to treat yourself every once in a while, but these little luxuries can add up, and soon you’ll find yourself burning through your money just like burning through fuel.
Consider trying out these habits to help save yourself some cash for the future!
1. Planning is Key: The best way to save yourself from overspending is to have a plan. Before setting out on your next drive, sit down and write out a weekly budget. If you’re worried about sticking to your budget, a great option is to use cash. When you use cards, you’re less likely to think twice about the purchase, but when you have to take the cash out of your wallet, you may realize you don’t need that large smoothie. Planning your route ahead of time can also ensure you’re making efficient driving choices and maximizing your time in top gear.
Additionally, track your spending. Keep a notebook and record all of your expenses, this can help you identify problem areas and give you something to work towards improving in the next week.
2. Cook on the Road: Meal planning can save you a LOT. While hitting a fast food restaurant may make the most sense, it will add up, both in cost and its potential effect on your health. Save yourself some money and improve your health by buying groceries. You can look up dollar stores or discount supermarkets in the area and buy for the week. This is especially easy if you have a mini fridge in your cab. If you’re looking for meal planning inspiration, there are tons of resources online, like Pinterest.
3. Automatic Bill Pay: Well, this isn’t exactly something you can do on the road, but it will save you from late fees. If you’re always on the go, consider setting up automatic bill payments so that you don’t have to think about your electricity bill when you’re hundreds or thousands of miles away from home.
4. Sign Up for Rewards: If you find yourself at the same truck stop time and time again, ask about a rewards program. Some places offer incentives like free coffee or showers. Additionally, signing up for reward programs at supermarkets can help save some cash while on the go.
5. Find Free Wi-Fi: There’s no way around it. If you’re a trucker, you NEED the internet, but nowadays most places have free Wi-Fi. A number of chains across North America are famous for having free Wi-Fi.
Which of these tips are you already following? Working on smart money habits can be crucial to a productive lifestyle.
Building healthy money practices can be easy, try implementing one habit at a time and see what works best for you. We hope that these tips will help you save money and put you on the track to a more profitable work environment.