Financial Friday 92

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 92….

Transportation

On Thursday, I took the metro once. My transportation costs have been non-existent the last few weeks. When your housing is centrally located, you don’t spend much.

Accommodation

The AirBnB rolled over to another month on Thursday. We decided to stay in the same place, and managed to negotiate a discount by booking off-app. So…travel hack: if you really like a place, you can generally negotiate a better rate for subsequent periods (if the host likes you).

Food

I went a little crazy with the food again. I blame going out to say goodbye to my bartender friends.

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.

Passport: $0.03 per day.

Pimsleur’s Russian: $0.69 per day.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

On Tuesday, I bought the final season of Game of Thrones: $28.88. So I now digitally ‘own’ the entire series. Because…re-watching. Also, it helped me charge something to one of my non-travel cards. If you don’t charge something at least once a year, banks have a tendency to close your accounts (in the US at least).

On Wednesday, my State-side friend forwarded some mail to me: $36.00. International shipping is one of the costs of travel most people forget about, but the money I’m saving by not being in the ‘West’ more than makes up for it.

Summary

Week 92
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel0000000.180.18
Lodging5.635.635.635.635.635.635.3739.15
Food18.8411.2307.5113.4716.62067.67
Other7.37.37.37.336.1843.37.3115.98
Total31.7724.1612.9320.4455.2865.5512.85222.98

So…a little expensive for Georgia, but still pretty good. And for the month…

Oct 19
CategoryWeek 88Week 89Week 90Week 91Week 92Total
Travel00.54000.180.72
Lodging33.7839.4139.4139.4139.15191.16
Food78.5656.0675.5227.9567.67305.76
Other30.2661.0653.6872.55115.98333.53
Total142.6157.07168.61139.91222.98831.17

I’ll call less than $1,000 a win. This is still far more than locals spend in a month, but I’m an entitled Westerner so…. See you all next week….

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