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Has anyone solely lived off of per diem for an extended period of time?

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My trick was go to grocery store Monday night - get weeks worth of lunch / dinner on 1 day of per died. Eat breakfast in lounge at hotel and pocket the rest. Mercedes lease paid for.

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Omg KPMG 2, you're missing out! You have to manually add a line in your expense report for per diem. It cashes out to you. Thankfully, you can edit past expense reports. Ask your PML or your TC. Not frowned upon at all!

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I get $1200 cash a month per diem.. Love it 😏

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Some firms do cash per diem per day when you're traveling whether you use it or not (ACN), others do actuals only so it's a set amount and you either use it or lose it (Deloitte, EY, etc).

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Yet I eat breakfast and dinner too at home but get reimbursed for that. Makes no sense

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I can't wait! Just finished a long term remote project. Can't wait to get back on the road.

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Pwc can't charge lunch also. So I charge breakfast and dinner

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If it's a "group lunch" it can be expenses. Just gotta be creative.

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Yea. When I was at KPMG it was like 800 a month of cash. At Pwc I just expense can rides and get a good amount of change and free food. My weekly groceries LOL.

EY 1 has figured it out. I do the same!

Dumb question but what do you get on Monday that lasts you till Thursday? I'm curious cause I blow per diem-++ every week.

KPMG'er here! Uh, how does this work? I thought per diem was use-it-or-lose-it. Are you saying that if I'm in a city with, say $60 dinner per diem rate and I get a $10 dinner, I can pocket $50 cash somehow....? Seems like it'd be frowned upon... Please teach me your ways!

Ey is actuals so you have to track your per meal spending - and it is capped. Not allowed to charge in lunch though.

PWC/EY I've never heard about that lunch rule.... Is lunch is provided or something?

It is assumed that you will eat lunch regardless of if you're traveling for work or not so the firm will not reimburse for that particular meal

Didn't realize we were lucky at ACN. We get a set amount no matter what

Or policy is "reasonable expense" for breakfast/dinner. So it changes on Partner/engagement. I've had some where a $100+ dinner every night was totally fine, and others where we were capped at $40

Yeah, right now we have a set $75 a day limit for breakfast/dinner. @EY1 They don't reimburse lunch because it is assumed you will have at least one meal a day that you have to provide for yourself when you're not traveling. If you have to eat a meal when not on assignment, why should the firm reimburse for that if you would have to pay for it anyway?

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