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Illicit Thrill Coming

April 16th, 2006 at 08:15 pm

I travel for work about once a month. Tuesday I fly out at dawn, and then spend the night and fly back Wednesday late. This means that I will be eating out, without an impact to my wallet. It feels so...decadent. When I used to drive instead of fly Iíd bring some groceries and eat in the hotel room. I could still do that I suppose, but I meet a friend who stays at the same hotel and we like to go to dinner.

Now, I get paid per diem for my expenses. I always spend less than I get, so I usually come out ahead. However, Iím keeping the travel income and expenses out of the challenge. I canít say I get $32 for meals and spent $20 so have a $12 profit, when in real life I would not be traveling for work with a minimum wage job.

Speaking of which, a super frugal tip I have used: make a cheese sandwich and wrap in foil. When you get to the motel, use the iron to heat the sandwich on the outside of the foil. Voila-grilled cheese. This was probably a more pertinent tip before microwaves were in most motels, but I still get a kick out of it.

2 Responses to “Illicit Thrill Coming”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Just a heads up, if you take anything foil wrapped through airport security they will make you unwrap it and show them what is inside. At least they did the last time we flew, which was a year ago, January. I had packed sandwiches for the flight and was out of baggies, so foil had to do. One wouldn't be so bad. Unwrapping eight (long flight) was a pain. I'll have to remember the iron tip, though. That's smart.

  2. markio26 Says:

    hilarious!! i have heard of ppl. ironing their food in foil.. this is wonderful information.. it jogged my memory... what a great idea.. once in pa., while staying in a mom and pop motel, the micro did not work... but, we could have used an iron... duh! i have a friend who takes her heating pad and keeps food warm with it... lol.....

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