Managing your money and time are two of the most important aspects to being a successful professional driver. As a professional driver you are working hard and driving all day, every day; and you know how difficult it can be to save money while driving over-the-road. Below you can find professional driver budget and money saving tips that can help you develop a strategy to maximize your income.
Keep track of how you are spending your money. Using a smartphone app, an online service or just a plain notebook can help you keep track of how you are spending your money and help you plan how you want to spend your money.
Plan and Be Prepared:
Planning and being prepared can help you stop buying things at truck stops and stores. Buying food can be a big daily expensive, so if you are able to pack and bring food with you, you will be saving money and eating healthier. Having a first aid and personal care kit can also help you avoid buying things you may already have at home.
If you do frequent business with certain stores or food establishments, check, and see if they have a loyalty program and join it. It is usually and easy process to sign-up for these programs and your purchases can turn into free stuff and discounts. Check out our blog on some truck stop rewards programs you should know about.
A lot of businesses offer special discounts for professional drivers. This a common practice for a lot of food service and hospitality businesses that serve CDL drivers on a regular basis. If you stop at a restaurant, hotel, store, etc. there is a chance that they offer a discount!
While living on the road, it can be a challenge to save money. There are a lot of opportunities and reason to spend your money while you are over-the-road. Using the above tips can help you be mindful of your spending and save you money.