A couple days ago I wrote that I had to go to Sacramento to teach a class. I get $40 for meals and incidentals for each 24 hours I'm away from home and less for less than 24 hour periods. For this trip I'll be given $98 which can be used to either buy groceries or take myself out to eat. I can also keep the money for other things as long as somehow I still eat well.
Sunday night: Ate right before I left home in the afternoon. Brought fruit (grapefruit, persimmons, and pears are ripe on the fruit trees) Pocket the $18.
Monday: At the hotel they offer a free breakfast. It's pretty lousy: cold cereal, toaster pastries, fruit, juice, bad coffee. I ate a bowl of fruit. At class a continental breakfast was also offered: muffins, bagels, juice, good coffee. I had a bagel, blueberry muffin, juice, and coffee. Lunch was served at class: lasagne, bread, salad, cookies, soda, water, juice, and coffee. There were leftovers so I also had lasagne for dinner. Money spent on day 1. Zero. Pocket the $40.
Tuesday: Don't know what they are offering for lunch but I will be eating the main course for lunch and dinner. I have left over fruit from the trees to eat on my drive home. Pocket the $40.
Normally I buy clothing items with this travel money but I think we're all good for a while. I'm going to spend the $98 on ammunition. I like travel money.