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Craig M.'s Comment
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Do companies give you a per Diem for food while on the road since you are out for days at a time? Or does that come out of you pay?

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

Larry E.'s Comment
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Depends on the company. Melton does not pay per diem , but others do. Depending on your life situation, either can have its benefits. If you are trying to buy a house/car not taking per diem raises your gross earnings so you may qualify for a higher loan. Others may want the lower gross of per diem so their taxes are lower.

Now to really answer your question, buy and cook your own food. A small cooler/refrigerator, a microwave and possibly a crockpot/slow cooker and you can save tons of money. I also think somewhere on this site is a discussion about how much "seed" money you should have saved, if possible, to avoid cash advances and other budget wrecking issues. I eat pretty well and healthy on about $50-$60 a week. Some can probably do it cheaper, too.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

PorkChop's Comment
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Now to really answer your question, buy and cook your own food. A small cooler/refrigerator, a microwave and possibly a crockpot/slow cooker and you can save tons of money.

From what I've been reading here lately, this really isn't an option if you plan on going to Prime. Aren't they switching over to the LW tractors for OTR? There's not enough room in those for a refrigerator and/or microwave. Or is there?

LittleJoe

OTR:

Over The Road

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Now to really answer your question, buy and cook your own food. A small cooler/refrigerator, a microwave and possibly a crockpot/slow cooker and you can save tons of money.

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From what I've been reading here lately, this really isn't an option if you plan on going to Prime. Aren't they switching over to the LW tractors for OTR? There's not enough room in those for a refrigerator and/or microwave. Or is there?

LittleJoe

Yes there is room. You can have the passenger seat removed and have plenty of room for a cooler.

OTR:

Over The Road

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Do companies give you a per Diem for food while on the road since you are out for days at a time? Or does that come out of you pay?

They don't actually give you cash in hand. You either claim pre diem at the end of year on your taxes or you get paid a few cents per miles as part of pre diem.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

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