How Much Does It Cost To Eat At Diners?

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Jordan's Comment
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On average how much does it cost a week to eat at diners?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Government travel pays $46 per day for food including tax & tip. That's called per diem . Restaurants know that and price to match that.

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

Dennis R. (Greatest Drive's Comment
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Apu's make life easier,electric skillet works great.Its nice to get a taste of home.Love the smell and sizzle of bacon,in the morning.About once a week,Ill visit walmart,and restock the truck.Easy to find in nearly any town.Get stuck at a shipper? Drop trailer,and bobtail over to wally world.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

APU's:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Jordan's Comment
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Well i thought the whole point to being a truck driver was to eat out at the best diners that the states have.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Well i thought the whole point to being a truck driver was to eat out at the best diners that the states have.

smile.gif It's definitely one of the perks!

Most people do have a small refrigerator or plug-in cooler to keep some food with them and a bunch of dry goods stocked up also. The truck stop meals are pretty pricey. You'll normally pay $15-$25 for a good dinner when all is said and done. Breakfast and lunch are usually $10-$15. It's not hard to spend $150 a week on restaurants even if you have some food with you in the truck.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Well i thought the whole point to being a truck driver was to eat out at the best diners that the states have.

Brett is right, eating at neat places is a perk of the job. But eating all your meals at restaurants, from Mickey D's to Olive Garden gets old. Fast.

Christy R.'s Comment
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Well i thought the whole point to being a truck driver was to eat out at the best diners that the states have.

I'm sorry, I had to laugh. Guy Fieri's job is to eat at the best Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. A trucker's job is to keep freight moving and keep from going stir crazy :p You're too funny :)

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Some places have all-you-can-eat soup and salad bars for less than $10. And if you are ever near a Chinese buffet, you simply can't pass up that opportunity!

Phox's Comment
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Some places have all-you-can-eat soup and salad bars for less than $10. And if you are ever near a Chinese buffet, you simply can't pass up that opportunity!

I have been to some pretty bad chinese buffets so I think it's safe to say... yes... I can pass them up. I have a system to use to tell if a buffet is going to kill me or not. I judge them by the number of cars in their parking lot during meal times. If the parking lot is empty or less than 50% full then it's not worth the risk, if I can't find a spot well then I better try to find one somewhere and walk because that place must be good... or someone is having a family reunion and reserved them and didn't know any better.

before I started using my system I went to one in vegas couple blocks from where I lived. I swear 8% of the food looked and tasted like it was multiple days old and in the 30 min I was there I never once saw any fresh food put out. The parking lot was empty cept for my car and one other unfortunate family... i learned my lesson from that day on. yelp and facebook reviews can be your freind nowadays but like trucking company reviews you gotta take it with a grain of salt.

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