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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter, Issue #042, 2013-01-11
January 11, 2013

Issue #42 | January 11, 2013

Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips

Email Newsletter

We provide real world tips that help professional truck drivers save hard-earned money and personal reporting about products and services for use on the road.

We've developed our unique website as a place to share the tips we have learned through the years -- and where other professional drivers can do the same. In other words...

Get and share great money saving tips for truck drivers at

Table of Contents

Reader Submitted Content

Truckers Savings News





Social Networking

Popular Sections of our Site
Truckers' Savings Blog
Truckers Savings Journalists
Ask a Question
Truck Driving Jobs
Truck Operations
Preventive Maintenance
Tricks of the Trade
Home Support Team
Food and Recipes
Meal Preparation
Free Downloads
HTML Sitemap


Important Notice

  1. Turns 4 Years Old This Month

    On January 20, 2013, we celebrate turning 4 years old! As far as we know, ours is the only trucking-related website fully dedicated to helping professional truck drivers worldwide save money. Other websites and trucking publications may address this topic sometimes, but ours is dedicated to it. We couldn't have come this far without you, so we say a huge "Thanks!"

    Did you know that our goal is for our site to become a clearinghouse of how truckers around the world save money? Allen and Donna Smith of, and said of our site last year:
    "It truly is the Wikipedia of saving money in trucking."

    To benefit the worldwide community of professional truck drivers, we ask that you "Get and share great money saving tips for truck drivers" on our site. Perhaps you've mastered something we haven't or you have knowledge about something we don't. We invite you to share
    • your review of a product or service marketed and sold to truck drivers,
    • your experience regarding a truck part you've used,
    • your experience at a truck stop or
    • your personal experience (your story) in dealing with money on the road as a trucker.

    As an incentive, we've devised a way for you to...

  2. Earn Money Through the Truckers Savings Journalists Program

    The theme of our website focuses on professional truck drivers saving money. The more money truckers can earn, the more money they can save. It gives us joy to provide a program through which approved Truckers Savings Journalists can increase their income -- and increase their savings -- while at the same time helping other truckers save money. We think it's a win-win-win situation all the way around.

    To help folks better understand the Truckers Savings Journalists program on our site, we have created three videos:
  3. Truckers' Savings Blog

    Since our last email newsletter, we have posted over 120 article snippets, questions or announcements through our Truckers' Savings Blog (XML file) about how truckers can save money or are being forced to spend more money in their jobs. It takes a lot of time, but we are honored to serve you by doing the research and work so that you don't have to.

  4. Do You Like Our Content? Please Spread the Word.

    If you find value in the content on our website, through our social media outlets, in our news feed or in this email newsletter, we ask that you "like" us on Facebook, mention us on Twitter, or share us with your truck driver friends in whatever way works best for you. (Please support our sponsors, too.) Thanks.

  5. Another Big Announcement Coming

    In keeping with our commitment to helping professional truck drivers save money, we'll be announcing very soon the means by which their households can increase savings. If you're part of a trucker's home support team, you'll want to watch for this.


Reader Submitted Content

NMD Trucking - Load Assignment Notebook Page

need a basic trip sheet that list fuel stops, cash advances, tolls, pick up and drop off stops, basic expense log for repair and parts, and state to state


Truckers Savings News

New IdleAir Entertainment Package - FREE til 1/15/13

IdleAir has added a new entertainment package, ConvoyTV+Power™. ConvoyTV+Power™ service includes more than 60 channels of satellite TV (including the ESPN ...

If your business helps professional truck drivers save money, send us timely news through our Truckers Savings News page.



The Enforcer Kingpin Lock: A Review by a Professional Truck Driver

Of all the kingpin locks on the market, professional truck driver Mike Simons used The Enforcer. Why? How did it work?

Trucker Reviews Needed on Republic Wireless Smartphone

The fifth of CNET's best money-saving tips of 2012 was a Smartphone from Republic Wireless. If you're a trucker who uses this, we need your reviews of the product and service. You can even become a Truckers Savings Journalist and get paid.

Review Needed on TA Country Pride Restaurant in Edinburg, Texas announced the opening of this restaurant and we want driver feedback. ... [Click link below for restaurant review form]

We request your review of a product or service marketed and sold to professional truck drivers.



By now, you probably know that we ask hard questions about how professional truck drivers can save money or are being forced to spend more money in their jobs. We asked the following through our site this month:

Trucking article says fiscal uncertainty is in rearview mirror. Is it?

Today's Trucking article [ -- no longer online] says yes. What do you think? Has the fiscal cliff been avoided in your trucker budget? Please share your opinion.

Article says that BLS says "Trucker pay averaged $19.83 per hour in 2011."

The article also says: "From 2007 to 2011, the pay for heavy-truck drivers rose 51 cents in the United States, according to the bureau." Are you earning that much? Did you get a pay raise? Has inflation eaten away your raise and then some? Please respond on our Facebook page.

Blogger asks, "Has pay increased to the point where drivers only need to only work 9 months out of the year?"

[Note: He's selling a $35 book.]

Will trucking companies reimburse drivers who use Smartphone mobile apps for document scanning for their data usage?

The new Transflo Mobile app that scans and submits delivery documents instantly may be the tip of the iceberg.



From Beth (by email)

"Wow! This looks like a great website. ... I've watched a couple of Youtube video's on what you should have with you that were good, but this site has a ton of information on it. ... I saved your site in my favorites. Thank you for having this site (especially for us newbee's. ..."

Allen and Donna Smith of, and were quoted in the brochure that was available at the 2012 Truck Driver Social Media Convention.

They said, "Mike and Vicki Simons have created an interactive website that is incredibly comprehensive and helpful to Students, New Drivers, and Veteran Drivers alike. They have taken their passion and desire to help people to a whole new level. We strongly urge all drivers to not just take a look, but to become a part of the expanding wealth of knowledge that has to freely offer. It truly is the Wikipedia of saving money in trucking."



How a Truck Cam, Smart Cam or Dash Cam Can Save Truckers Money

Does having a truck cam, smart cam or dash cam in one's truck help truck drivers in the event of an accident? If so, how? We explain...

Prevent Fuel Theft and Diesel Theft from Big Trucks

No trucker can afford stolen fuel. So how can you prevent fuel theft? What products and practices prevent diesel theft?

Female Truckers and Their Unique Money Saving Challenges

What financial challenges do women who become professional truck drivers have? We discuss female truckers in the context of saving money.

Updated: Budgeting and Personal Finances for the Professional Truck Driver

Professional truck drivers have special concerns regarding budgeting and personal finances. What are they and how can they best be met?

Updated: The HTML Sitemap for Truck Drivers Looking to Save Money

This HTML sitemap lists and links to all pages on our site so that you may find specific information by section or titles or keywords.

Updated: Truck Driver Health and Wellness: Achieving Fitness and Money Saving Goals

Although professional truck drivers sit for long periods of time while working, health and wellness are not only achievable, but can help save money in the short and long term. See how...

Updated: Sitemap for Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles Who Want to Save Money

This sitemap for drivers lists the links to all pages on our site that are categorized for drivers of commercial motor vehicles.

Updated: Large Truck Operations: How Can They Be Made as Frugal as Possible?

How can operating large trucks, specifically semi tractor-trailers, be made as efficient and frugal as possible? We will focus on that as we look at the various aspects of truck operations...

Updated: Sitemap for Trucks or Commercial Motor Vehicles Driven by Professional Truck Drivers

This sitemap for trucks lists the links to all pages on our site that are categorized for trucks or commercial motor vehicles driven by professional truck drivers.

Updated: The Home Support Team of a Truck Driver: The Essential Key to Saving Money

The home support team of a professional truck driver can help him or her save money on the road. The cost savings can be great or small, direct or indirect. Every little bit saved helps.

Updated: Product Reviews on Items Marketed to and Sold to Truck Drivers

The sizes of their commercial motor vehicles often limit the shopping options of many professional truck drivers. Which items marketed to and sold to them pass muster? Read our product reviews.

Updated: Sitemap for Reviews of Products or Services Used by Professional Truck Drivers

This sitemap for reviews lists the links to all pages on our site that are categorized from the evaluations by professional truck drivers.

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Our video summarizes what is all about.

How is 2013 going for you so far? Please let us know of your truck driving financial successes and challenges. We're here to help. You can always ask a question.

If you know of news that helps truckers save money -- or requires truckers to spend more money -- would you please let us know? We're only a tweet or Facebook post away. Thanks.

To all of our readers who are professional truck drivers, we wish you safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road!

Best regards,

Mike and Vicki Simons, Owners

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