Financial Friday 53

Location: Thessaloniki [Greece]

Week 53 and the month of January are over. Let’s see how I did….


Zero. I didn’t change cities, and I walked everywhere. In a hilly city like Θεσσαλονική (Thessaloniki), that’s a lot of exercise!


I haven’t paid my bill yet, but the hostel should be approximately $15.40 per night. It’s definitely 13.50 Euro, but conversion rates change often so….


So food here is more expensive than Georgia, but still pretty good. Also, free breakfast being included by the hostel helps a lot. I’ve been getting the vast majority of my calories in the morning because of that.

To get a decent example of food prices at restaurants though…. I went on a date on Tuesday. We got 2 glasses of wine and 3 appetizers for $15.97. It’s not cheap, but it’s not Western Europe either.


My first travel insurance plan finally expired on Sunday. So after that, the cost of only one travel insurance plan is $5.57 per day. I suspect it’s still a lot more expensive than most due to my ‘country of origin’ being the United States. Also, if you want to travel anywhere, just get a global plan in the beginning. Adjusting plans as you go is often not an option (as I found out the hard way, and ended up with 2 simultaneous plans).

VPN service: $0.26 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

This blog: $0.31 per day.

Skype: $0.08 per day.

Chase Sapphire Reserve: effective $0.41 per day.

On Friday, I went on a free walking tour (mainly to see Γιοργιος again), and tipped $4.56. It may have been the 4-5th time I’ve been on that tour, but I still appreciate what he does.

On Saturday, I bought a postcard to send to a friend: $2.74 (which includes shipping). I even wrote a short message in it with my limited Greek.

On Monday, I bought a Greek Language B1 book: $30.80. The woman that sold it to me said the book was designed to have a teacher helping, but I think I should be able to figure most of it out. And if I get confused about something, there are plenty of Greeks around I can flag down and ask for help.

On Thursday, I did laundry: $3.99. It’s those little expenses that sneak up on you….


Week 53

As we can see here, this is a little less than double the price of one of my weeks in Georgia. It’s still under budget though so I’m happy.

And for the month of January….

Jan 19
Week 49Week 50Week 51Week 52Week 53Total

That’s not terrible either. See you all next week.

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