Financial Friday 162

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 162…

Transportation

On Sunday, I took the metro: $0.15. It’s so cheap….

On Thursday, I took a taxi: $1.79. I moved into a friend’s place.

Accommodation

I moved out of my AirBnB on Thursday. The revised figure is $10.71 per day. Those short months get me every time….

I moved in with a friend for a couple days. There’s a gap in my housing, and my friend was nice enough to accommodate me.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 per day.

VPN: $0.26 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

This blog: $0.31 per day.

Skype: $0.08 per day.

Chase Sapphire Reserve: $0.41 per day.

Passport: $0.03 per day.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

Shadow: $0.41 per day.

On Friday, I bought a game: $27.81. Shadow Empires was on sale. So of course, I had to buy it.

Summary

Week 162
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel000.150001.791.94
Lodging10.7110.7110.7110.7110.7110.71064.26
Food017.0112.927.708.4910.5856.7
Other32.935.125.125.125.125.125.1263.65
Total43.6432.8428.923.5315.8324.3217.49186.55

Not bad. Especially considering I bought a game. And for the month of February…

Feb 20
CategoryWeek 158Week 159Week 160Week 161Week 162Total
Travel00.301.510.151.96
Lodging39.7574.9774.9774.9732.13296.79
Food22.8344.4757.1549.3829.93203.76
Other20.4197.2135.7445.3543.17341.87
Total82.98316.95167.86171.21105.38844.38

That’s a little on the high side; especially for a short month. Although it’s still far less than I’d spend in the West. I blame the one-time purchases (like the phone). See you all next week….

Financial Friday 161

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 161….

Transportation

On Sunday, I took a taxi to a party: $1.51.

Accommodation

AirBnB estimate: $9.68 per day.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 per day.

VPN: $0.26 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

This blog: $0.31 per day.

Skype: $0.08 per day.

Chase Sapphire Reserve: $0.41 per day.

Passport: $0.03 per day.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

Shadow: $0.41 per day.

On Monday, my mobile’s base plan was renewed: $0.33.

On Thursday, my mobile data plan was renewed: $10.69.

Summary

Week 161
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel001.5100001.51
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.689.6867.76
Food10.01018.410020.96049.38
Other5.125.125.125.455.125.1214.345.35
Total24.8114.834.7215.1314.835.7623.98164

Not bad…. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 160

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 160….

Transportation

Zero. I’m back to being boring….

Accommodation

Estimated AirBnB rate: $9.68 per day.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 per day.

VPN: $0.26 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

This blog: $0.31 per day.

Skype: $0.08 per day.

Chase Sapphire Reserve: $0.41 per day.

Passport: $0.03 per day.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

Shadow for the last billing cycle: $0.39 per day. For the new billing cycle: $0.41 per day. Thanks short months….

Summary

Week 160
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.689.6867.76
Food23.25010.740023.16057.15
Other5.15.15.15.15.15.125.1235.74
Total38.0314.7825.5214.7814.7837.9614.8160.65

Not bad. See you next week….

Financial Friday 159

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 159….

Transportation

On Thursday and Friday, I took a couple metro rides: $0.15 each. It’s so nice to have public transportation working again.

Accommodation

Estimated $9.68 per day.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15.

VPN: $0.26 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

This blog: $0.31 per day.

Skype: $0.08 per day.

Chase Sapphire Reserve: $0.41 per day.

Passport: $0.03 per day.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

Shadow: $0.39 per day.

On Thursday, I bought a new phone: $161.51. Were Android smartphones always this cheap? I could have sworn I paid a lot more than this before….

Summary

Week 159
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel000000.150.150.3
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.689.6867.76
Food023.392.49008.110.4944.47
Other5.15.15.15.15.15.1166.61197.21
Total14.7838.1717.2714.7814.7823.03186.93309.74

So the phone pushed this up considerably. If that’s taken out, it’s been a pretty good week. See you in the next one….

Financial Friday 158

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 158….

Transportation

On Friday, I took a taxi: $1.76. I needed to stop by a bank that wasn’t within walking distance.

Accommodation

On Thursday, I started a new rental period. I’m not sure what it’ll cost since the landlord is out of town due to a death in his family. I estimate the daily rate will be about the same as the last period.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 per day.

VPN: $0.26 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

This blog: $0.31 per day.

Skype: $0.08 per day.

Chase Sapphire Reserve: $0.41 per day.

Passport: $0.03 per day.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

Shadow: $0.39 per day.

Summary

Week 158
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel1.760000001.76
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.6811.169.18
Food6.29018.349.27013.56047.46
Other5.15.15.15.15.15.15.135.7
Total22.8314.7833.1224.0514.7828.3416.2154.1

Pretty good. And for January….

Jan 20
CategoryWeek 154Week 155Week 156Week 157Week 158Total
Travel3.0701.236.791.7612.85
Lodging70.667.7667.7667.7629.04302.92
Food28.1722.9937.161.9724.63174.86
Other35.8435.8435.8445.4415.3168.26
Total137.68126.59141.93181.9670.73658.89

This is amazing. I love Georgia! See you all next week….

Financial Friday 137

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 137….

Transportation

On Friday, I took a couple taxi rides: $2.43. Some new friends were having a party, and (of course) I had to go.

On Thursday, I took a couple more taxi rides: $4.36. I had to go to a bank. It’s probably not an expense most travelers will encounter, but….

Accommodation

Rent for the month comes to: $9.68 per day.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 per day.

VPN: $0.26 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

This blog: $0.31 per day.

Skype: $0.08 per day.

Chase Sapphire Reserve: $0.41 per day.

Passport: $0.03 per day.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

Shadow: $0.39 per day.

On Saturday, my mobile base plan renewed: $0.36.

On Tuesday, my mobile data plan was renewed: $9.24.

Summary

Week 157
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel2.43000004.366.79
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.689.6867.76
Food24.68014.858.0611.343.04061.97
Other5.125.485.125.1214.365.125.1245.44
Total41.9115.1629.6522.8635.3817.8419.16181.96

It looks like my spending on food went up a little; I blame the wine…. It’s still pretty good though. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 156

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 156….

Transportation

On Sunday, I shared a couple taxi rides: $1.23. A friend and I went to a party that was a long way away. It would be nice if public transportation was operating….

Accommodation

This month comes to $9.68 per day.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 per day.

VPN: $0.26 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

This blog: $0.31 per day.

Skype: $0.08 per day.

Chase Sapphire Reserve: $0.41 per day.

Passport: $0.03 per day

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

Shadow: $0.39 per day.

Summary

Week 156
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel001.2300001.23
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.689.6867.76
Food017.9605.837.186.13037.1
Other5.125.125.125.125.125.125.1235.84
Total14.832.7616.0320.6321.9820.9314.8141.93

So that’s pretty good. See you next week….

Financial Friday 155

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 155….

Transportation

Zero.

Accommodation

This month’s rent comes out to: $9.68 per day.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 per day.

VPN: $0.26 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

This blog: $0.31 per day.

Skype: $0.08 per day.

Chase Sapphire Reserve: $0.41 per day.

Passport: $0.03 per day.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

Shadow: $0.39 per day.

Summary

Week 155
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.689.6867.76
Food08.3803.8203.976.8222.99
Other5.125.125.125.125.125.125.1235.84
Total14.823.1814.818.6214.818.7721.62126.59

Nice! See you next week….

Financial Friday 154

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 154, and a new year….

Transportation

On Wednesday, I took a couple taxi rides: $3.07. It was Christmas Eve in Georgia, and I went to see a few friends. Since public transportation is still shut down, the only option that didn’t involve my feet was a cab.

Accommodation

The previous deal was $11.10 per day. On Sunday, I switched to a newly negotiated rate: $9.68 per day. It’s the same place as before, but I was able to get a discount by cutting AirBnB out of the mix. We both save money this way.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 per day.

VPN: $0.26 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

This blog: $0.31 per day.

Skype: $0.08 per day.

Chase Sapphire Reserve: $0.41 per day.

Passport: $0.03 per day.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

Shadow virtual gaming machine: $0.39 per day.

Summary

Week 154
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel000003.0703.07
Lodging11.111.19.689.689.689.689.6870.6
Food08.6807.7603.078.6628.17
Other5.125.125.125.125.125.125.1235.84
Total16.2224.914.822.5614.820.9423.46137.68

What a great way to start out the new year. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 153

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 153, and the last of 2020….

Transportation

Zero. Stupid lockdowns….

Accommodation

The AirBnB for this month comes out to $11.10 per day.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 per day.

VPN: $0.26 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

This blog: $0.31 per day.

Skype: $0.08 per day.

Chase Sapphire Reserve: $0.41 per day.

Passport: $0.03 per day.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

Shadow cloud gaming PC: $0.39 per day.

On Friday, I took advantage of a sale to buy a couple computer games: $37.86. The games are Battle Brothers, and Total War: Warhammer II.

On Sunday, my mobile data plan was renewed: $9.64.

Summary

Week 153
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging11.111.111.111.111.111.111.177.7
Food20.4108.021.585.515.515.756.72
Other42.965.114.745.15.15.15.183.2
Total74.4716.233.8617.7821.7121.731.9217.62

So that’s pretty good. And for the month…

Dec 20
CategoryWeek 149Week 150Week 151Week 152Week 153Total
Travel1.51005.7107.22
Lodging26.1977.777.777.777.7336.99
Food17.4654.5247.3340.5856.72216.61
Other10.8836.7699.89121.483.2352.13
Total56.04168.98224.92245.39217.62912.95

A little more expensive than usual but still ok.

And total spending for the year of 2020 is…. $8653.91! It’s a lot more than locals spend in a year, but far less than anyone I know that’s living in the West. And minus a few virus issues (which is almost everywhere on the planet at this point), my lifestyle is better than I ever experienced in the US. Perhaps this year, more people than ever will decide to leave their overpriced countries, and go see the world. It’s amazing out here!