It is common practice in today’s business world for employers to reimburse employees for business-related expenses: hotel rooms and meals while on a business trip or gasoline if the employee’s car is used for business purposes.
As in personal finances, credit cards can wreak havoc with business expenses. Sometimes the employee uses his or her personal credit cards, turns in an expense report, and is reimbursed by the employer. The danger is in the temptation to use the reimbursed money to pay for other things, rather than paying off the credit card bills. Thus, the credit card bills continue to increase and more debt results.
Of course, the solution is to resist the temptation to spend the reimbursed money on other things; but it’s not as easy as it sounds for some people. However, there are three helpful ways to simplify the problem.
1. Open a separate checking account for all business expenses. When the business expenses are reimbursed, that money goes into the business account and is used to pay the credit card companies.
2. If you can’t control the use of credit cards, destroy them. Use cash, debit cards, or even traveler’s checks as alternative methods of paying for business expenses.
3. Begin paying off any debt already owed, which may mean sacrificing for a while; but, the more you pay off, the less interest you will have to pay. Once you are free of debt, you can spend more freely on what you want.
Beware of the urge to report more expenses than you are due. Not only can this result in the termination of your job, it also is stealing and is a sinful act before God.
Get control of your debt instead of letting it control you, and you will live a much more rewarding life.
“Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8).
Originally posted 7/13/2012
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