I'm out of town currently on business for training. I'm reimbursed for my hotel, mileage and meals. It feels so good to not have to pay for essentials for my business. I do have to pay for them upfront but I will submit a reimbursement when I'm back in the office on Thursday. The reimbursement should take about ten days. I'm completely fine with that.
With my old job, our hotel would sometimes be covered but everything else was on me. I had to pay for my own mileage and meals even though the travel was mandatory. I really don't miss that.
I do wonder how much its okay to spend on meals. I ate at the Outback Steakhouse tonight because I love their food and we don't have one where I live. It was about $20 with tip for my steak. I paid for my beer separately. I wonder how much its okay to request reimbursement for. If I have to pay for part of my meal tonight, I'm completely fine with that. They didn't tell me how much it was okay to spend on food so I really have no idea. I will have to talk to my manager when I get back and see what she thinks.
Do you have any input on how much would be too much to spend when you're getting reimbursed from your employer?