Financial Friday 144

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 144….

Transportation

All these costs were metro rides: $0.31 each.

Accommodation

Base rent: $6.45 /day

Internet: $0.30 /day

Gas: $0.83 /day

Electricity: $0.45 /day

Water: $0.08 /day

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 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.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

On Friday, I bought some toothpaste and mouth wash: $4.57. Because clean teeth are important.

On Sunday, my mobile phone’s base plan was renewed: $0.34.

On Tuesday, I bought a couple Georgian books: $10.25. I’ll learn this language eventually….

On Wednesday, my mobile internet plan was renewed: $9.41.

Summary

Week 144
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00.3100.310.470.310.311.71
Lodging8.138.138.138.138.138.138.1356.91
Food1.4612.47011.2213.0210.5511.6960.41
Other9.65.035.375.0315.2814.445.0359.78
Total19.1925.9413.524.6936.933.4325.16178.81

So this week was a little more expensive. The next one should be better. See you then…..

Financial Friday 143

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 143….

Transportation

Thanks to the new regulation prohibiting bars and restaurants from staying open past 10 pm, I took zero taxis this week. I was able to use the metro to get around at a little over $0.15 per trip.

Accommodation

I don’t remember if this was included in last week, but the utility bill has been added to the cost of accommodation. That should be all the expenses for this month. The breakdown is gas ($26.28 which is expensive for Georgia in the fall), electricity ($14.25), water ($2.39). The total when added to rent and internet comes out to $8.13 per day. Which is still pretty good.

Other

I renewed my travel insurance this week. The new price is the same as the old one: $3.15 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.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

Summary

Week 143
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel000.470.160.310.310.311.56
Lodging8.138.138.138.138.138.138.1356.91
Food04.9118.94.412.2515.4156.86
Other5.035.035.035.035.035.035.0335.21
Total13.1618.0624.6322.2217.8725.7228.88150.54

This is really good; even with the added housing costs. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 142

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 142….

Transportation

There are a few metro rides ($0.16 per trip), and some taxi rides (under $2 per trip) in there. Getting around is so cheap….

Accommodation

This is $6.75 per night for this month.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 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.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

On Friday, I saw a deal for unlimited mobile data for a month: $0.30 per day. So of course, I had to grab it.

Summary

Week 142
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00.3103.931.760.472.058.52
Lodging6.756.756.756.756.756.756.7547.25
Food10.4416.04020.0118.629.616.9791.68
Other5.035.035.035.035.035.035.0335.21
Total22.2228.1311.7835.7232.1621.8530.8182.66

So yeah, another good week. See you all in the next one….

Financial Friday 141

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 141….

Transportation

I took a few metro trips throughout the week at $0.16 per ride.

On Wednesday, I added a taxi ride to a metro trip: $1.88.

On Thursday, I took a couple taxis: $1.63, $6.93. The second one is ridiculous, and 3 times as much as it should have cost. I’m disputing it with the cab company, but even so, it’s still a hell of a lot cheaper than any Western country. Even when I get ripped off, I’m winning.

Accommodation

My current bill doesn’t include utilities. This week, the internet bill came in and I added it to the rest. So the per day amount is more than last week: $6.75. And that’s still a steal.

Also on Saturday, I had copies made of the keys to my new place: $7.85. That’s for a copy of 3 separate keys. Exterior doors have a lot of locks here.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 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.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

On Tuesday, I had a copy of my passport printed: $0.05. So now, if I lose it, I’ll have something to show the embassy. Always keep copies of important documents in case something happens to the original.

Also on Tuesday, I bought a pair of ear buds: $4.71. My old ones are on the verge of death, and I want to maintain my ability to listen to things without disturbing those around me.

On Thursday, I bought a kettle: $7.84. It’s a nice one with a wooden handle, and it whistles when the water’s ready. I’d been boiling water in pans, but they have a bad tendency of boiling over and putting out the gas flames when left unattended. We can’t have a bunch of gas building up in the house.

On Thursday, I also got me teeth cleaned: $31.38. This is pretty cheap (by Western standards), and now I can run my tongue over them and not feel disgusted. I really should take better care of my teeth between cleanings….

Summary

Week 141
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel0.160.16000.312.048.8711.54
Lodging6.7514.66.756.756.756.756.7555.1
Food02.8310.1309.2610.981.8835.08
Other4.734.734.734.739.494.7343.9577.09
Total11.6422.3221.6111.4825.8124.561.45178.81

So, another decent week even with all the occasional bills hitting. I love this country!

Financial Friday 140

Location: Tbilisi Republic of Georgia

Week 140….

Transportation

Not much to report here…. Just a few metro trips at $0.31 per ride.

Accommodation

Last month was at $8.33 per day.

This month, I moved into a place that’s even cheaper: $6.45 per day! It’s a shared apartment, but my roommate and I are both introverts that require almost zero social interaction so it’s close to having my own place. Score another one for extreme introversion.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 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.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

On Friday, I renewed my mobile’s base plan for the month: $0.36.

On Monday, I renewed the mobile data portion of my plan: $9.54 for 20G and rolling over previously unused data.

On Thursday, I bought a pair of slippers to wear around the new place: $6.28. Not wearing street shoes inside makes it easier to keep the place clean.

Summary

Week 140
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000.3100.160.47
Lodging8.338.338.338.338.338.336.4556.43
Food11.9210.0409.11.8810.049.0452.02
Other5.094.734.7314.274.734.7311.0149.29
Total25.3423.113.0631.715.2523.126.66158.21

A little more than normal, but still pretty good. And for September….

Sep 20
CategoryWeek 136Week 137Week 138Week 139Week 140Total
Travel2.760.80.330.330.314.53
Lodging24.9958.3158.3158.3149.98249.9
Food25.2538.637.6735.1742.98179.67
Other14.1933.533.1133.1138.28152.19
Total67.19131.21129.42126.92131.55586.29

And that’s really good. I love Georgia! See you all next week….

Financial Friday 139

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 139….

Transportation

On Tuesday, I took the metro twice: $0.33.

Accommodation

For this month, the rent is $8.33 per day.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 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.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

Summary

Week 139
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000.33000.33
Lodging8.338.338.338.338.338.338.3358.31
Food9.863.29015.711.974.34035.17
Other4.734.734.734.734.734.734.7333.11
Total22.9216.3513.0628.7715.3617.413.06126.92

Another great week. See you all in the next one….

Financial Friday 138

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 138….

Transportation

I took the metro twice on Tuesday: $0.33.

Accommodation

Rent for the month is $8.33 per day.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 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.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

Summary

Week 138
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000.33000.33
Lodging8.338.338.338.338.338.338.3358.31
Food6.515.412.39.731.977.464.2937.67
Other4.734.734.734.734.734.734.7333.11
Total19.5718.4715.3622.7915.3620.5217.35129.42

Nice! See you all next week….

Financial Friday 137

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 137….

Transportation

I took the metro around town a bit. At $0.16 per trip, it’s an amazing deal.

Accommodation

Rent for this month comes out to $8.33 per day.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 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.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

On Saturday, I was doing a lot of texting so I bought some extra SMSs: $0.49.

Summary

Week 137
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel0.320000.320.1600.8
Lodging8.338.338.338.338.338.338.3358.31
Food8.875.411309.371.95038.6
Other4.735.124.734.734.734.734.7333.5
Total22.2518.8626.0613.0622.7515.1713.06131.21

So, another great week for my wallet in Georgia. See you all in the next one….

Financial Friday 136

Locations: Borjomi, Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 136….

Transportation

On Tuesday, I left scenic ბორჯომი (Borjomi), and returned to თბილისი (Tbilisi). Trains weren’t running due to this little virus thing, so I took a small bus / large van: $2.27. This was a slightly longer than 2 hour journey. Getting around this country is so affordable!

Also on Tuesday, I took the Tbilisi metro a few times: $0.49. That’s for 3 trips. Again, super affordable.

Accommodation

Friday and Saturday finished out a pay period at the apartment in Borjomi: $13.17 per night. This includes 2 meals a day.

I paid a little extra for Sunday and Monday to show my appreciation for my host’s hospitality: $16.25 per night. They are awesome! If anyone’s going to be in Borjomi, and wants a recommendation, let me know.

On Tuesday, I started a month-long rental in Tbilisi: $8.33 per night. And this is considered expensive by local standards.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 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.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

Summary

Week 136
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00002.76002.76
Lodging13.1713.1716.2516.258.338.338.3383.83
Food000015.669.59025.25
Other4.734.734.734.734.734.734.7333.11
Total17.917.920.9820.9831.4822.6513.06144.95

And for the month of August….

Aug 20
CategoryWeek 132Week 133Week 134Week 135Week 136Total
Travel000000
Lodging78.39191.0791.4258.84410.63
Food9.0721.4917.5822.62070.76
Other28.3833.1133.1133.1118.92146.63
Total115.75145.6141.76147.1577.76628.02

That’s pretty good. I don’t know why more people don’t move here. It’s cheap, the culture is amazing, the virus is contained…. Anyway, see you all next week….

Financial Friday 135

Location: Borjomi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 135….

Transportation

Zero.

Accommodation

For this week, it’s $13.06 per day.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15 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.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

Summary

Week 135
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging13.0613.0613.0613.0613.0613.0613.0691.42
Food8.1107.460007.0522.62
Other4.734.734.734.734.734.734.7333.11
Total25.917.7925.2517.7917.7917.7924.84147.15

So not bad…. See you all next week….