I have been asked to list the expected out-of-pocket expenses for attending an approaching conference. I have sources of expenses such as travel, accommodation and food.

So one of my subtitles in the list is "Food Expenses" but I think I could do a better job for describing this item of the list.

"Dietary Expenses"? No. I do not think so.

Any help appreciated. Thank you.

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    Usually "meals" is the term used. – Hot Licks Mar 18 '19 at 2:14
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    (M&IE) = meals and incidental expense – Ubi hatt Mar 18 '19 at 2:24
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    "Subsistence expenses" is also quite common. It has the advantage that it covers not just meals but also drinks, snacks and sandwiches on the go. – BoldBen Mar 18 '19 at 6:41

A common word in English for this category of expenses is "per diem," which means "per day" in Latin but is used to describe the daily expenses one might incur while traveling. It's mostly used in a corporate context, though, so it might not be appropriate here. It also includes more than food, like car tolls, parking fees, and maybe even lodging expenses.

Additionally, per diem expenses are typically a fixed dollar amount for each day, and you may not be expected to account for how you spent that money when submitting expenses. For example, if you had a $50 per diem, that would mean you have $50 per day for whatever little expenses came up, including your meals.

You could also use "Food & Drink" or "Meals" as an item on the list, allowing "expenses" to be inferred by the category of the list.

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    "Per diem" is usually used when you're getting a fixed amount per day to cover these expenses, but you aren't expected to account for how you use it, and the amount won't be adjusted if you spend more or less. – The Photon Mar 18 '19 at 2:51
  • That's an excellent addition, thank you. Quite correct. – raster Mar 18 '19 at 2:53

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