Financial Friday 25

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 25 is done! Let’s see where I spent all my money….

Transportation

This was limited to a few rides on the metro on Friday, Tuesday and Thursday. I’m told bus rides around the city are the same price as a ride on the metro. It’s so cheap.

Accommodation

This is pretty standard now that I’m staying in a house. We did get our first utility bill in the mail though so next week, I can throw that in as well.

Food

So you can clearly see I went out on Friday and Wednesday. The other days were either spent grocery shopping or not spending any money as I simply cooked what I’d bought earlier.

Other

The obligatory, overpriced travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

On Sunday and Wednesday I topped up my data with my ‘travel’ provider: $25 each time.

Being increasingly frustrated at the Greek carrier that locked my phone down, I decided to just purchase a new one on Tuesday: $175.46. I find it ironic that the new one is cheaper than the old one, and has a better camera. It’s a Huawei P9 lite mini if anyone’s curious.

On Wednesday, I used one of the kiosks all Georgians seem to use to top up my Georgian SIM / plan. There was a 4% charge for inserting cash into the machine: $0.83 on 50 lari. I then used the new balance to purchase 15G of mobile data: for 30 lari ($12.32)! This is an order of magnitude cheaper than what I get with my ‘travel’ provider. So the lesson here is: if you’re going to be in a place for a while, get a local SIM. Now I’m no so worried about the house not having WiFi.

Summary

Week 25
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0.21 0 0 0 0.21 0 0.21 0.63
Lodging 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 39.69
Food 13.71 0 3.41 0 4.11 13.95 0.92 36.1
Other 8.64 8.64 23.64 8.64 184.1 46.79 8.64 289.09
Total 28.23 14.31 32.72 14.31 194.09 66.41 15.44 365.51

So, as we can see here, I went slightly over my $50 per day budget this week. I blame that entirely on the new phone. However, since the price of the entire phone and a new plan are less than 8 refills with the other carrier, and I get 30 times that data….

Or another way to look at it is 8 refills at my current data consumption rate was about 3 weeks (being generous). So after said 3 weeks, I’d save $200.00 on the next 3 weeks. And the data would almost last another 3 weeks after that before needing a refill. So yeah, totally worth it long-term.

Anyway, I hope you’ve all enjoyed checking under my financial hood. I’ll write you all next week.

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