As a truck driver, you might feel that you have no choice but to spend money on your trips. Between food, gas, clothes, and more, it can get pretty expensive pretty fast, especially on long hauls. However, there are ways you can save some money in your trip budget. These methods can help you not break the bank and make your trips a bit easier too…
Trip Budget: Save Money On Hauls
Bring your own food
Considering how you’re constantly driving, fast food is an appealing option for many drivers. This food is cheap, easy to find, and can be eaten straight in your cab. However, besides the negative health effects that come with eating fast food, it can also add up very quickly. For example, spending $8 on lunch every day translates to $50 a week, and nearly $3,000 a year!
That’s why it can be a good idea to include bringing your own food in your trip budget. For starters, this is a great way to eat a bit healthier despite being on the road. Plus, you’ll quickly see just how much more food you can get for less, putting less of a strain on your wallet.
Have extra clothes
While you might be able to bring food with you, you probably aren’t going to be able to bring a washer and drier. Laundry is something that all truck drivers have to do, but can be pretty costly. Even just stopping at a laundromat once a week can be costly. However, you can still reduce how much laundry eats up your trip budget.
It helps to pack some extra clothes and sheets with you on your trips. While you’re going to have to eventually do laundry, this can help you avoid having to do it constantly. Just cutting out those constant weekly stops can really help you save in the long run.
Many people tend to overlook the rewards programs that places like gas stations offer. However, as a truck driver, you’re going to be making a lot of stops at places like these. Signing up for their rewards programs can help you save a nice bit in your trip budget. Saving a bit extra on gas, or getting a free coffee is always nice!