Financial Friday 23

Week 23 has come and gone, and it was quite eventful…or at least for me. So here comes the explaining.


These are just getting around town expenses. Basically, whenever I’m tired of walking, I’ll hop on the metro. I did this once on Monday and twice on Wednesday. $0.20 per trip is far more affordable than anything in the US.


Friday and Saturday were at a hostel. I spent most of those days inside hiding from the heat. Did I mention it’s hit 40C (104F for my US readers) every day this week since Monday?

On Sunday, I moved into a house. You can read my previous blog post to see how that’s been going. Rent is $170 per month which comes out to $5.67 per day for this month (with it’s 31 days). I also payed a $170 security deposit. I didn’t include that as I figured it was a loan that I’d get back when I move out. If anyone else feels like including that, feel free. You know, in those little spreadsheets you keep of my expenses…. Oh wait, I’m the only one that does that.


I spent Friday and Saturday finishing off the groceries I’d bought in previous trips. There isn’t any room for food in my backpack so anything I didn’t eat, was left at the hostel in the free food area. I love the free food area….

The rest of the week was a combination of eating out and buying groceries. We just got cookware on Thursday so I did a lot more eating out than I will in the future (I think). If all goes according to plan, my food bill will drop significantly. We’ll see next week.


Far too expensive travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

So the new place doesn’t have WiFi hooked up yet. They claim it’ll be in on the 10th. I really hope it is because I’ve been burning through data. My current plan is meant as a little side data while I travel between WiFi spots; not for keeping me connected with the outside word. I’ve had to add more data on Friday, Monday and Wednesday this week at $25 per instance. Ouch!

On Tuesday, my roommate and I spit the cost of an HDMI cable ($2.87) and a chess set ($8.20). (Those numbers are my half; not the total). The cable we’re using to connect the TV with my computer for movies/television (aka YouTube/Netflix). And we both like chess so…you could call them entertainment expenses.

On Wednesday, I went to see a movie: $3.69. In the US, it’s hard to find a movie in theaters for under $10 so I think the price here is fantastic! For anyone that follows my Instagram feed, the movie was Sicario: Day of the Soldado. You see? You get even more information about my life if you follow this blog and my Instagram account…. You little voyeurs.


Week 23
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0 0 0 0.2 0 0.4 0 0.6
Lodging 6.35 6.35 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 41.05
Food 0 0 10.08 6.49 6.11 7.8 5.18 35.66
Other 33.64 8.64 8.64 33.64 19.71 35.33 8.64 148.24
Total 39.99 14.99 24.39 46 31.49 49.2 19.49 225.55

So it’s significantly higher than last week which I attribute to the mobile data charges. I really want that WiFi. And this week also wrapped up the month of June so….

Jun 18
Week 19 Week 20 Week 21 Week 22 Week 23 Total
Travel 4.26 1.03 1.02 2.24 0 8.55
Lodging 70.09 55.96 46.01 44.45 12.7 229.21
Food 41.55 74.77 62.89 24.62 0 203.83
Other 100.07 116.81 60.48 93.58 42.28 413.22
Total 215.97 248.57 170.4 164.89 54.98 854.81

Hello, cheapest month yet! This is one more reason why I love this country so much. Are you a nomad? Looking for a cheap place to stay? Consider Georgia. Your wallet will thank you.

See you all next week for another financial report.

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