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Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter, Issue #054, 2014-01-10
January 10, 2014

Issue #54 | January 10, 2014

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

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Reader Submitted Content



Articles and Other Media

Earn More, Save More

Social Networking

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Important Notice

  1. Turns 5 Years Old on January 20!

    We couldn't have done it without you! Thanks so much!

    In light of our milestone, we've got some changes coming to our website and other media outlets. You won't want to miss them.

  2. We're Updating Our Review Forms

    We are in the process of revising forms for product and service reviews, truck parts and truck stop reviews. Vicki has spent quite a bit of time customizing our fuel island, restaurant and shower review forms since our last email newsletter and we're almost ready to unveil those. We invested in a program which will make it much simpler for professional truck drivers to become regularly contributing Truckers Savings Journalists. Stay tuned...

  3. Never Miss a Truckers' Savings Blog Post Again

    Instead of expecting readers to either visit our blog page or subscribe to our XML news feed, we offer an email subscribe to blog option, so that anyone who wants our blog posts in a daily summary by email can get them. Never miss another post to help you stay informed.

  4. Get Links to Our List of 35+ Free Downloads by Email

    Instead of expecting you to look through and download our list of 35+ free downloads from our site, we've made it incredibly easy to get the list of links by email. Just make your request through the form on our Free Downloads page.

  5. Get a Tip, Share a Tip is the place to "Get and share great money saving tips for truck drivers." If you "get" a truck drivers money saving tip on our site, then please be so kind as to "share" one based on your own trucking experience. Thanks for helping other professional truck drivers around the world save money.


Reader Submitted Content

Vicki undertook a modified 30-day blogging challenge near the beginning of January. It is her goal to write a blog post on our website each non-holiday weekday this month. Here is the list of articles so far (the most recent ones being at the top) -- and a couple from December.

Things that freeze on truckers

There may be a lot of things that freeze on truckers in the winter, but I want to tell you about three that we know about first-hand. I categorize these

Never heard of that before

Have you ever seen something and thought, I've never heard of that before? That's the way it was when -- after a series of emails back and forth -- a

Company takeover

Truckers need to keep their options open when a company takeover is about to take place. A modestly sized company that has had a completely separate but

Winter clothing items

Do you think people in southern states don't need winter clothing? Even though we live in South Carolina, it can still get really cold here. Last night

Protect yourself in cold weather

I encourage every trucker: Protect yourself in cold weather. As I write this, it is about 9:30 on Monday evening, January 6, 2014. The temperature in

Steady paycheck?

Would you say that all truckers earn a steady paycheck? One gentleman who contacted us -- who was thinking about becoming a professional truck driver

Regret versus Hope

On December 31, we sent a tweet on regret versus hope through our Twitter feed. We wrote ten simple words: Some look back in regret. Others look forward

Know where your money is going

We devised a Spending Diary to help you know where your money is going. This tool very useful for those who do not yet have a budget set up and have no

Your past doesn't equal your future

Did you mess up financially this year? Fret not! Your past doesn't equal your future. However, in order to change your future, you have to look at your

Longevity and money

An interesting list of questions links longevity and money. In A Quiz That Predicts Your Longevity on, question 4 under Take the Whole



With the soon-coming revision of forms on our site, we trust that truckers from all over the world will review products and services that they use in connection with their jobs.

We request your review of a product or service marketed and sold to professional truck drivers, a truck part or a truck stop fuel island, restaurant or shower.

You can even earn money doing it.



We ask the 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:

Couldn't the trucker see the lights on the railroad crossing sign to avoid a train collision?

Contributing article:

Have you ever taken the 'Money Saving Challenge' or something simliar to save money?

Contributing article:

Will Western Express's truckers receive any of the money from the Pilot/Flying J fuel rebate settlement?

Contributing article:

What has been your experience with the RoadPro 12-Volt Portable Stove?

Contributing article: Write a product review:

If you had been in this trucker's position, how would you have prevented the accident?

Contributing article:

What else has to be in place before driverless vehicles -- especially trucks -- become a reality?

Contributing article:

How many truckers have both an APU and an inverter on/in their trucks?

Contributing article:

Does trucker pay correspond to per-mile spot market rates? Is this a good or bad thing?

Contributing article:

Why does OOIDA want 'federal funds' to 'add more truck parking spaces'? Isn't this the job of private businesses?

Contributing article:

How many truckers have an automatic savings plan? Is this really painless saving?

Contributing article:

What is your New Year's resolution about saving money in 2014? Is it a percentage of pay or flat amount?

Contributing article:

What are some non-essential products or services that you can give up to save more money this year?

Contributing article:

Would you spend $836 on an in-truck refrigerator, even if it was the best?

Contributing article:

Does painting truck wheels hide any problems that should be fixed?

Contributing article:

Which mobile app has your trucking company trained you how to use it, that helps you save money?

Contributing article:

What would happen if 'Santa' was subject to FMCSA regs like truckers are?

Contributing articles:

Article says a 'legislative change is adversely affecting the trucking industry', but the FMCSA isn't making 'laws', just 'regulations', right?

Contributing article:

How will the Jan. 1, 2014 CARB ban on trucks with 2006 and older engines affect you as a trucker?

Contributing article:

Does having no return of physical discs make Digiboo's digital entertainment a cost-effective entertainment choice for truckers?

Contributing article:

Could this have happened because the trucker forgot to set his parking brake?

Contributing article:

If you have answers to our questions, please contact us.


Articles and Other Media

Reserve It Parking: How Truck Stops Reserved Parking for Trucks?

This is commentary on how Reserve It Parking -- which is reserved parking for trucks at some truck stops -- could backfire.

Updated: Truckers Using Direct Deposit as a Means of Saving Money

Although many people are aware of using direct deposit as a means of getting paid faster, are you aware that it can also save you money? We'll share with you money saving tips on this service...

Updated: Trucker Goal Setting Instead of Making New Year's Resolutions

Every year, truck drivers make New Year's resolutions, knowing full well they won't keep them. If you engage instead in goal setting, you can work systematically to achieve your goals. Read our tips.

Updated: Before Year End: What's on Your Trucker To Do List?

The start of a new year brings a sense of renewal. But before year end this year, truckers may have their own to-do list. What can you get done?

Updated: Trucker Accessories We Recommend to Help You Save Money

Our experiences have taught which trucker accessories helped us save money on the road. We recommend our picks for Christmas gifts or any time.


Earn More, Save More

If you're a professional truck driver who is paid by the mile, by the load, by the drop or any other performance measure -- and the recent winter storms affected not only your ability to travel but your paycheck -- you know first-hand the problems associated with trading time for money. Some truckers were stranded for two days (link) and others were relieved to be off the road (link) during the January 2014 storm!

We understand completely. We documented how in December 2009, Mike had to park his truck until the weather cleared a bit from a winter storm. We've had to shut down our truck numerous times over the years due to inclement weather.

Then there is our friend Charles. In addition to driving a truck Monday through Friday, he also works on Saturdays and Sundays. He works 7 days a week, but he can't get ahead financially. He's burning himself out and, frankly, he has no escape plan. Chances are good that unless he makes a decision to change, he'll be stuck trading time for money for the rest of his life.

What about you? Do you have something to fall back on in case you're hurt on the job or forced to retire from the trucking industry? Do you have a retirement plan in place -- or are you winging it?

Tired of Living Paycheck to Paycheck?

Earn More Now!


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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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