Keeping track of your expenses
On the financial side, Jacobs learned how to create a budget from ATBS and doggedly sticks to it. “I learned in the military you can’t spend what you don’t see,” says Jacobs, who is leased to Greatwide and is running Tyson Foods freight.
Each week, after his truck payment and other deductions are taken, 25 percent of his take-home pay is set aside for savings and investments before he gets his paycheck. “It works for me,” says the Columbia, S.C.-based Jacobs.
His budget accounts for household expenditures and for his personal expenses on the road. He stays with the budget even when his weekly mileage falls short of the 2,500 that he averages.