$36 may be a lot for someone living in Milwaukee, but as a person who travels a lot for business, I can attest to the fact that there are plenty of cities in this country where $36 barely gets you a decent dinner. In fact, when I visit New York, I almost always have to chip in money of my own because my company's $40 PD doesn't cover it. Cheaper chain restaraunts do exist, but they're almost never within walking distance in large cities, and the cab fare MORE than wipes out any cost savings a "savvy traveler" might be hoping for.
This is actually one of the reasons I love visiting L.A. on business. Some of the best food in the country, served out of the back of a truck on paper plates and tinfoil, for only $5. My company doesn't let me pocket excess PD, but they're always floored at how little I spend on food there.
They should give them Big Mac meal vouchers and that is it.
There are McDonald's everywhere.
Quite a few years ago I was bemoaning the fact I had to go to Potomac City for three weeks and how much it would cost me to do so. My neighbor asked what was my per diem? I said it was $75 per day. He laughed at me and said are you kidding, that is better than I get to travel and I am a VP in my company. Then he asked the question? How much for lodging? I howled and told him that was part of the $75. He was floored. On that trip I figured by eating the provided breakfast, skipping lunch and then eating at Roy Rogers, I was out a mere $400 not counting my travel costs to visit my parents and live off them over the weekends. Of course I got to deduct that on my ITR, what a bargain!
posted on 03/20/2012 10:45:52 AM PDT
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