Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

This week: Weird things employees put on expense reports, how saving on travel can cost you more, getting ready to retire, how to organize digital documents and 8 types of job offers you don't want.

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

1. The Weirdest Things People Have Tried to Expense on Their Boss’s Dime

[Credit.com] “Robert Half Management Resources, a finance and accounting staffing firm, decided to find out what employees are trying to expense on the company dime. To do so, the firm conducted phone interviews with 2,200 chief financial officers from 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas.

Ever try to sneak something into an expense report that didn’t belong there? If so, it probably wasn’t as brazen as some of the things in this article. In fact, some are downright unbelievable. The list includes 20 things, including ski trips, vacation homes, cruises, cosmetic surgery and a dog. Not included is what happened to these employees when they were caught.

2. 6 Ways Travel Savings Can Cost You More

[The Dollar Stretcher] “You’ve budgeted and saved for your upcoming vacation and everything is coming together nicely as you prepare to purchase plane tickets, reserve a hotel room, and shop for some last-minute items like a new snorkel mask or hiking boots. Not so fast! That great discount you found may be setting you up to break your budget.”

This post is about being penny wise and pound foolish in your travel plans. For example, a cheap plane ticket on an airline that charges for checked bags may not be so cheap if you check a lot of baggage. Renting a house that includes a kitchen may cost more upfront, but save on restaurant meals. You get the idea. See the post for more.

3. Preparing to Live to 100: What Millennials Can Do Now to Get Ready for Retirement

[Credit Sesame] “The average American today retires around 65 years of age, and needs enough money saved to fund a 22-year retirement. If that person lives to her 100th birthday, though, she’d need nearly twice that much – enough to fund a 35-year retirement, or even longer. Are you on track to save enough to live that long?”

If there’s one topic we thoroughly cover, it’s retirement. But in case you’re not getting enough here, check this article out. It includes advice like thinking about how and where you’ll live in retirement, how much you’ll need to make it happen and how to use retirement plans to get there.

4. How to Overcome Digital Document Hoarding

[Nav.com] “Unfortunately, the ease of downloading a file or scanning receipts or other important documents belies the fact that, without proper organization, many may still feel the anxiety and difficulty functioning that are commonly associated with tactile hoarding.”

Confession: I’m a digital hoarder. I scan and save practically everything from receipts to tax returns. I hasten to add, however, that my digital files are well-organized. I can find my digital docs faster now than I ever could with their paper cousins. But if you’re not so well-organized and have blank folders everywhere filled with who knows what, this post is for you.

5. 8 Job Offers That Are Too Good to Be True

[Wise Bread] “[Some] job offers can be fool’s gold. On the surface, they look great. They seem to have everything you’d ever want. But sadly, the grass is always greener until you actually take the job, and see what life is like on the other side.”

I once took a job as manager for a firm where morale was so bad, it had nowhere to go but up. Or so I thought. Rather than becoming the hero, I ended up overly stressed and ultimately fired.

Companies in trouble: That’s one example cited by this author of the kind of job that’s too good to true. Others include well-paid, but dead-end jobs, work-at-home jobs, upper management positions, and morally questionable jobs. Check out the article for more.

Stacy Johnson
Stacy Johnson @moneytalksnews
I'm the founder of Money Talks News and have spent the last 40+ years in the personal finance trenches. I'm a CPA, author of a few books and multiple Emmy recipient. I'm ... More

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