Were you one of these people?!
Like, when you used to go to work every day back in the Good Days? ;)
I’m wayyyy too Goody Two-Shoes* to even dare try pulling these off (I’d get caught in a heartbeat!), but according to this survey by Procurify.com it’s something apparently a good chunk of people are doing:
“30% of employees have expensed a personal purchase, pretending it was for business”
“30% of employees have exaggerated tip amounts on an expense report”
“29% of employees have expensed the same item more than once”
“14% of employees have secretly accepted a refund for an already expensed purchase”
Okay now that is both devious AND brilliant, haha…
“8% of employees have made up purchases on an expense report”
WOW!! Big balls to try and pull that one off! Don’t you need receipts as proof, though?
*If you’re wondering where “Goody Two-Shoes” comes from, btw, it’s from a fable similar to the Cinderella story:
“The fable tells of Goody Two-Shoes, the nickname of a poor orphan girl named Margery Meanwell, who goes through life with only one shoe. When a rich gentleman gives her a complete pair, she is so happy that she tells everyone that she has “two shoes”. Later, Margery becomes a teacher and marries a rich widower. This earning of wealth serves as proof that her virtue has been rewarded, a popular theme in children’s literature of the era.” – Wikipedia
In other random news, here are some other things people are willing to do…
“48 million Americans would skip a credit card payment over a vacation” – WalletHub.com
Crazy!! At least pay the bare minimum while traveling in debt!!
“Nearly 9 in 10 people who have tried to get a credit card late fee waived were successful” – WalletHub.com
GOOD NEWS FOR ONCE!! :) And honestly one of the easiest things to pull off. You literally just pick up the phone and ask for the fees to be waived! And if not lucky on the first go, hang up and try again with another person or manager. 1,000% better odds than not even trying at all!
(Though according to that same survey, while women are 18% more likely to have tried to get a fee waived than men, they also tend to be 2% less successful :( )
“62% of student loan borrowers would give up their 2020 vote if it meant their student loan debt was completely forgiven” – LendEdu.com
Oooh great Would You Rather! I would do this in a heartbeat if I was maxed out with debt! A tougher question would be if it meant giving up your right to vote FOREVER (eek!).
Here were some other things people were willing to do as well to clear their loans:
- 68% would give up social media for five years
- 60% would give up all streaming services for life (that would be hard to do in these days!!)
- 52% would give up all payment methods besides cash for life (oooh imagine no more credit cards or venmo or apps??! That would be hard!!)
- 49% would give up being vegan or have to become vegan for life (not happening)
- 30% would enlist to fight in a hypothetical World War 3
- 17% would give up hot showers for the next 25 years (!!!)
And then lastly, “100% of people would save 10x more money if they read Budgets Are Sexy every single day” – Budgets Are Sexy super scientific survey… of one.
As professor Aaron Levenstein once put it,
Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.
Haha… So go ahead and ignore this entire post today!
Though still curious if you’d ever do any of those things to wipe away your own debts? Or if you’re one of the people in those expense report stats?!
Be sure to comment anonymously if you are! ;)
Some other fun “Would You’s” over the years:
- Would you… Go to jail for a year for a million dollars?
- Would you… Gain 25 lbs to wipe out ALL your debts?
- Would you… Break up with your significant other for a 10% raise?
- Would you… Politically sell out for $10,000?
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!