Saving Money: Truck Driving Necessities

Life as a truck driver can get expensive when you’re on the road. Your truck is like a second home, so you’ll have to pay for some essentials. However, there are means of saving money while on a trip. These trips can help you keep more money in your wallet without sacrificing a comfortable ride…

Saving Money: Budgeting On The Road

Figure out your budget

A budget is a major part of saving money. Figuring out a budget will let you see what it is you’re spending money on and how much you’d like to save. A budget is basically your financial saving plan: once you have it figured out, sticking to it will help you continuously save money.

These days, there are plenty of budgeting apps and guides you can use to your advantage. This will allow you to create and stick to your budget even while you’re on the road. It can be hard to stick to a budget at first, but once you see the savings come in, you’ll realize how helpful it is. 

Pack your own food

Buying food is one of the most common expenses for truck drivers. It also quickly adds up and becomes quite pricey. For example, just buying an $8 lunch every day means you spend $40 every work week, and almost $3,000 a year! That’s why cutting back on buying food is a great way to start saving money.

Instead of buying food, try to pack your own instead. Buying groceries is considerably cheaper and can last you longer, especially if your truck has a fridge or microwave. Not only that, but you’ll find it easier to eat healthier too! While you can still stop for food every now and then, you’ll quickly see how much money you can save. 

Bring more clothes

Another common expense for truck drivers is laundry. Having to pay for laundry can become a big part of your budget. Paying for it constantly week after week, sometimes more than once, can give your wallet a huge dent.

While doing your laundry is important, there are some ways you can work on saving money. Bringing more clothes can help you cut down on your trips to the laundromat. So will bringing more sheets or towels. While you can’t remove the cost completely, you’ll end up saving more than you used too.

Workplace Allergies: Productivity & Risk

While the summer months definitely bring the heat, they also bring allergens. Many people see their allergies flare up during these months, and they can carry over into the workplace. Workplace allergies can seriously get in the way of your work, just like any work injury. However, there are ways for you to manage and overcome them…

Workplace Allergies: Ways To Manage

Recognize your allergies

In order to manage your workplace allergies, you first need to be aware of what your allergens are. Most people tend to get allergy tests as kids to see what they may or may not be allergic too. However, over time, new allergies could develop, or you could grow out of old ones. Therefore, it doesn’t hurt to get checked again as you get older.

It’s also important to know how severe your allergies are. For example, some allergies might just be annoying, like pollen allergies. However, others may be life-threatening, like food-based allergies. Knowing how severe your allergies are can help you take the appropriate steps to keep yourself safe.

Your allergies & your work

Once you recognize what your workplace allergies are, then it’s time to see how they may show up in your work. This depends on both the kind of work you do, and what your allergies are. For instance, a pollen allergy might impact you more if you work outside instead of inside.

However, some allergies might get in the way no matter where you work. The most apparent kind might be food-based ones. You could run into co-workers who have food you’re allergic to. Or, your work might offer foods that you don’t know the ingredients for, putting you at risk.

Managing your allergies

As it turns out, managing your workplace allergies doesn’t have to be all that complicated. The first thing you’ll want to do it take steps to limit your exposure. Of course, this goes beyond you just staying away from your allergens. It helps to let your co-workers and boss know about them too. That way, they can help make the workplace safer and more comfortable for you.

Still, some allergens might be out of their control. In these cases, it helps to take some extra precautions. You may want to wear some extra protective equipment when working, especially if you’ll constantly be around an allergen. Plus, you can see if allergy medicines can help minimize the symptoms. 

Memorial Day: Why It’s Important

Most, if not all of us, have heard of Memorial Day, and celebrated it in some way over the years. Whether you attend a backyard barbecue, fireworks, or spend the day on the lake— Memorial Day is a time to celebrate. However, many people don’t quite understand what Memorial day stands for. Let alone, it’s history, and why it’s worth taking the time to observe. Therefore, on this Memorial Day, we’re going to take a moment to dive into the history. Furthermore, what it means to military families, veterans, and those who have lost their lives in the fight for freedom… 

Memorial Day: History, Significance, and Observance 

History 

Memorial Day always falls on the last Monday of May. It goes to honor the men and women who have died while serving the United States within the military. In it’s beginning, this holiday was called Decoration Day. Memorial, or Decoration, Day began in the years after the Civil War, and was observed through visiting cemeteries, holding memorials and gatherings. In some areas, there will even be a parade to honor the fallen, and mark the beginning of the summer. 

Why did it get its start? 

The Civil War was more deadly than any other conflict in U.S. history to date. Due to the magnitude of loss, the government establishes the first national cemeteries. Furthermore, a day of mourning began organically across towns in the U.S. While the true origin of this holiday is not exact, Waterloo declares itself the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1966.

Why the last Monday of May? 

In its beginning, May 30th was the day of observance. However, in 1968, Congress passes an act to makes the last Monday of May Memorial Day instead— regardless of the date. Their purpose in doing this was to create a universal three-day weekend for federal employees.

Observance

Memorial Day is now largely a day of grilling, good company, and cold drinks. However, it’s important to understand why this holiday is in effect, and why we take time to honor those who make the ultimate sacrifice. So, during your celebration— take a moment. 3:00 p.m. on the dot is the national moment of remembrance. Honor those who serve, remember those who were lost, and celebrate the lives of both. To all veterans, military families, and officials— we salute you, and celebrate your hard work and sacrifice.