Financial Friday 87

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 87. Let’s get into it….


I’ve done a lot of running around this week. I gathered a bunch of documents for a new passport, and got a pair of glasses. So I’ve been pretty much all over the city. Fortunately, public transportation here is very affordable. The buses and metro are all on the same system and cost 0.50 Lari ($0.18) per 1.5 hours of use. So you can move between modes of transport, and as long as it’s within that time, you’re not charged any extra.


Early Monday morning, my roommate moved out. So from then on, I’ve been paying the entire $9.42 per day for the AirBnB. Considering I get a decent apartment all to myself, I think it’s a pretty good deal.


Nothing new to report here.


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: $0.71 per day.

On Wednesday, I submitted the paperwork for a new passport. I needed to take a selfie which I did via a booth in the Georgian Public Service Hall. Those pictures are good enough for Georgian government documents so they should work for US ones too. That cost me $1.09. I ran by one of the many printing shops that can be found almost anywhere to print out the application form(s): $0.36. And submitting the documents to the US Embassy for processing would normally be $110, but I paid in local currency so it was $119.53. Which brings the total to $120.98. Hopefully it’ll last me 10 years which would take the cost to $0.03 per day.

Also on Wednesday, I stopped by a local optometrist. I was looking for some over the counter reading glasses, but the doctor went ahead and gave me an exam to determine what strength I require. The next day, I came back to pick them up along with a case. All together it set me back $25.72. There’s no way I’d get anything close to that price in the ‘west’.


Week 87

Another sub-$200 week. Can I stay in Georgia forever?

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