Financial Friday 34

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

You all should know the deal by now. Let’s see where my money went this week.

Transportation

I was in თიბილისი (Tbilisi) all week so this is pretty boring. I took the metro twice on Tuesday; once on Monday and Thursday as I was out too late to take it back. It would be nice if it ran past midnight. Fortunately, I live close enough to downtown that I can walk home.

Accommodation

Rent for this month comes out to $5.67 per day.

On Friday, I paid the water and electricity bill. Split 4 ways my portion came out to $9.62. Far less than in the West.

On Tuesday, the gas bill was due. Also split 4 ways, my portion was $1.73. And we’ve been doing a lot of cooking.

Food

This came out very cheap. Between a guy I’m teaching English to taking me out for dinner, and eating previously bought groceries, I spent almost nothing for the week.

Other

Far too expensive travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

VPN service: $0.13 per day.

Amazon Prime account: $0.33 per day.

On Saturday, I topped up my data on my Georgian phone: $12.36. That’s for 15G of mobile data for reference.

On Tuesday, we finally got internet service at the house: $3.85. The maintenance guy claims the providers haven’t run cables in this area yet thus making unlimited services unavailable. He bought a used box that pulls in a cell signal, and broadcasts is back out. The problem with that is it runs a little over $11.00 per 50G of data. If it was just me, that wouldn’t be so bad, but the whole house is using it, and we’ve been blowing through data like a hurricane. We’re going to have to find another solution here. Strangling the landlord and maintenance guy has come to mind, but society tends to not like it when you do that….

Summary

Week 34
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0 0 0 0.19 0.38 0 0.19 0.76
Lodging 15.29 5.67 5.67 5.67 7.4 5.67 5.67 51.04
Food 0 0 0 0.77 1.69 4.39 0 6.85
Other 9.1 21.46 9.1 12.95 9.1 9.1 9.1 79.91
Total 24.39 27.13 14.77 19.58 18.57 19.16 14.96 138.56

So this has been a pretty cheap week. My wallet is pretty happy about it; especially since I had to buy a new phone last week.

Anyway, I hope someone enjoyed reading this. See you all next week.

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