The Christmas season can be a challenging hurdle for any family. However, if you or your significant other works as a trucker, your life is even more complicated. You have to plan one of the most important holidays of the year around a trucking career that requires weeks on the road.
So what can you do to stay on top of things this year? By starting early and planning accordingly, you can take the stress out of this year’s holiday planning...
How Trucker Families Can Prepare for the Holiday Season
Budget Gift Spending
Truckers, like most people, need to closely monitor their finances. This goes for spending at work, in-house budgeting, and Christmas gifts. Create a list that details who you are buying for and how much you think you’ll spend. Planning doesn’t do you any good if you don’t stick to it, so always consult the budget before making a purchase.
Get the Holiday Card Out of the Way Early
Last-minute holiday greeting cards can be a frustrating hassle, as the photography and printing stores are swamped with business throughout the season. As a truck driver, you have even less time to waste, so go ahead and get the holiday card knocked out as soon as you can. It’s just one less thing to worry about in December.
Ask your Trucking Company about its Holiday Schedule Early
Trucking companies appreciate team members who plan ahead, especially during the holidays, when everyone has their own agenda and their own schedule. Do your company leaders a favor by asking about expected route scheduling over the holidays. This will help you plan when and where you can have your upcoming get-togethers.
Contact Family about Your Work Schedule
Now that you’ve communicated with work, you can start to plan out the schedule for holiday events. Talk to your parents, in-laws, siblings, and everyone else who needs to be in on your holiday preparations.
Make a Shopping List
Remember that budget we did earlier? Now’s the time to use it to create a detailed shopping list. By having a plan for each person, you can make your shopping more efficient and less expensive. If you don’t want to spend all your home time at the mall, make sure you have a plan before you head out.
Shop Online for Excellent Deals
You can find some really incredible deals online. Before you head to the stores or deal with Black Friday chaos, go online and search for the items you need. With patience and diligence, you’ll be able to find some really incredible deals, and you won’t even have to leave the comfort of your home! Online shopping is especially handy for truckers; wherever you are, just order online and have it delivered home. No shopping required!
Plan a Shopping Day
Mark a day on your calendar for holiday shopping. If you’re home during the week, it’s probably a good idea to shop during the weekdays, as you’ll have fewer crowds and less traffic.
Use just a few of these simple holiday planning tips and you’ll be prepared for the season long before the snow starts to fall!
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