Financial Friday 79

Locations: Tbilisi, Telavi [Republic of Georgia]

This week, I actually moved! I’d been in თბილისი (Tbilisi) for over 2 months so it was about time to go somewhere new.

Transportation

On Thursday, I took a taxi from the a hostel to Tbilisi’s main bus station: $0.91 was my half.

After that, I took a маршрутка (bus in Russian which is what they call the things that are half-way between buses and vans) to თელავი (Telavi): $3.62. It took about 3 hours between all the stops along the way. About half the stops were not at bus stops; people just jump on and off wherever they like.

Accommodation

This week, I discovered a glitch in how I calculated my AirBnB stay. It turns out I scheduled 30 days rather than 31 (which is kind of annoying because it’s the same price so I should have included the extra day). That takes the price for last month to $6.89 per day.

On Wednesday, I stayed at a hostel since there was a day’s gap in my scheduling: $4.35.

On Thursday, I moved into an AirBnB in Telavi with a friend: $3.46 per night for my half.

Food

This is pretty standard. Thursday’s a bit high because I bought all the “you’re in a new place, and need a few ‘expensive’ but slowly used” items.

Other

Travel insurance: $5.03 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.

Pimsleur’s Russian: $0.69 per day.

On Saturday, I bought a the game Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus: $32.09. Because I can’t resist strategy games…. I think I have slight video game problem….

Summary

Week 79
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel0000004.534.53
Lodging6.896.896.896.896.894.353.4642.26
Food05.4202.9010.5121.7240.55
Other7.1139.27.117.117.117.117.1181.86
Total1451.511416.91421.9736.82169.2

So this is pretty good. Even with the change of scenery, it’s below $200. Thanks Georgia for being extremely affordable. And for the month of July….

Jul 19
CategoryWeek 75Week 76Week 77Week 78Week 79Total
Travel2.100002.1
Lodging27.5648.2348.2348.2338.8211.05
Food29.7432.0624.1432.3318.83137.1
Other34.2353.5360.7749.7774.75273.05
Total93.63133.82133.14130.33132.38623.3

This is a bit higher than June, but still really good. The main difference is accommodation was a bit more expensive, but it’s expected for AirBnBs to be more expensive than hostels so….

See you all next week….

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