Surviving My 1st Year

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Kenneth H.'s Comment
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I am a new driver and need to know how to survive my first year over the road. My wife is a stay at home mom so me trying to find a happy medium is hard. We are adjusting to me being home when I can get home as we are use to it from my time in the oil field. The hard part is being able to pay Bills at home and have enough money to make sure she has enough money to buy essentials and food on top of me having enough for food on the road. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you in advance

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OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Marc Lee's Comment
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I am a new driver and need to know how to survive my first year over the road. My wife is a stay at home mom so me trying to find a happy medium is hard. We are adjusting to me being home when I can get home as we are use to it from my time in the oil field. The hard part is being able to pay Bills at home and have enough money to make sure she has enough money to buy essentials and food on top of me having enough for food on the road. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you in advance

Someone able to point him to the Other Half blog on this? Not finding it...

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OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Robsteeler's Comment
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I'm assuming you have direct deposit and she has access to the money? Also, you need to have time to talk each day and stuff to do to make you less lonely on the road. No, not lot lizards, books, PC, or some sort of TV. I have an iPad that I watch TV with, and read my books on.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Kenneth, my first piece of advice to any new driver is to become a regular here on Trucking Truth. Read everything. Ask questions. Post your experiences. This is the single best resource for new drivers on the internet or anywhere else. I'm a new driver and I can't even describe how much I've benefited personally.

Secondly, learn how to live frugally on the road. Don't eat at restaurants, learn to eat from your truck. Drink water, don't buy soda, etc. Do you have a refrigerator in your truck? Do you have a 12V cooler?

If you want to learn, you need to start asking specific questions in order to get accurate advice. Tell us a little more about yourself, your company and your driving experience so far. You will get a lot of sound advice here.

PackRat's Comment
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Live frugally at home, too. Off-brand, or store-brand, stuff tastes about the same as the name-brand food stuffs but can save you big bucks. Cut out everything unnecessary, the stuff you don’t need, the stuff you don’t use. Live on a budget and stick to that plan.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Live frugally at home, too. Off-brand, or store-brand, stuff tastes about the same as the name-brand food stuffs but can save you big bucks. Cut out everything unnecessary, the stuff you don’t need, the stuff you don’t use. Live on a budget and stick to that plan.

Spot on advice. You and the wife need to be a real team effort to succeed. Are you and the wife on the same page?

Rob T.'s Comment
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Live frugally at home, too. Off-brand, or store-brand, stuff tastes about the same as the name-brand food stuffs but can save you big bucks. Cut out everything unnecessary, the stuff you don’t need, the stuff you don’t use. Live on a budget and stick to that plan.

If there is one nearby, shop at Aldis. We were spending about $180 a week on food from walmart or major grocery chains and knocked that down to $90 including a tub of baby formula every week. How old are your kids if you dont mind me asking? If still in diapers aldis is cheap otherwise Costco membership is worth it for the diaper savings alone

Kenneth H.'s Comment
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I have a fridge but not a 12 volt cooler.

Kenneth, my first piece of advice to any new driver is to become a regular here on Trucking Truth. Read everything. Ask questions. Post your experiences. This is the single best resource for new drivers on the internet or anywhere else. I'm a new driver and I can't even describe how much I've benefited personally.

Secondly, learn how to live frugally on the road. Don't eat at restaurants, learn to eat from your truck. Drink water, don't buy soda, etc. Do you have a refrigerator in your truck? Do you have a 12V cooler?

If you want to learn, you need to start asking specific questions in order to get accurate advice. Tell us a little more about yourself, your company and your driving experience so far. You will get a lot of sound advice here.

Kenneth H.'s Comment
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Yes we are on the same page. Thought about packing my truck with leftovers from home for meals. And maybe some snacks for the rest of the time

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Live frugally at home, too. Off-brand, or store-brand, stuff tastes about the same as the name-brand food stuffs but can save you big bucks. Cut out everything unnecessary, the stuff you don’t need, the stuff you don’t use. Live on a budget and stick to that plan.

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Spot on advice. You and the wife need to be a real team effort to succeed. Are you and the wife on the same page?

Rainy 's Comment
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Hi... i wrote an article you both might want to read...

OTR Relationshipe: Are They Possible

As for the money access..... i would have two seperate accounts one for you and one for her to use. That way you arent both withdrawling and bouncing causing overdraft fees.

Keep them at the same bank so transferring money between them would be a breeze if she needs a little extra one week or vice versa. But that way you both have a weekly budget and not interfering with the other. It would totally suck if you needed to buy toothpaste and there was no money.

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OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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