Cheap Eating


Traveling for business means expenses are covered; but not everyone is taking advantage of the free perks.

According to the New York Times most company expense reports show that business travelers are forgoing fine dining for convenience. Instead of steak and wine they are going for burgers and fries.

The company SpendSmart analyzes spending in all areas of business travel. It found that the number one most expensed restaurant was Starbucks. That was followed by McDonald’s and Subway. Other restaurants that top the list include Panera bread, Chipotle and Dunkin Doughnuts.

But it's not because people are looking to indulge their sweet tooth while traveling. Instead analysts say their food choices are based on quick and easy. Chances are they are rushing between meetings or at the end of a long day and would just rather grab something fast.

They also say most of the restaurants at the top of the expense list offer free Wi-Fi; people don't want to be disconnected while trying to land a business deal. Life on the road might not be glamorous but I’m sure companies appreciate these receipts.