Financial Friday 97

Locations: Thessaloniki [Greece], Kutaisi, Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 97….

Transportation

On Monday, I took a plane from Θεσσαολνίκη (Thessaloniki) to ქუთაისი (Kutaisi): $22.33. O love how cheap flights can be in Europe.

Also on Monday, I took a bus from the Kutaisi airport into town (about 1/2 hour drive): $1.81.

On Tuesday, I took a train from Kutaisi to თბილისი (Tbilisi): $2.90. I haven’t come across anywhere else where a 4 hour train ride is that cheap.

Also on Tuesday, I took the Tbilisi metro 3 times: $0.54. Needless to say, I moved around a lot.

On Wednesday, I took the metro twice: $0.36. And took it once on Thursday: $0.18.

Accommodation

Friday to Sunday night, I was in the an apartment in Thessaloniki. It ended up being $18.38 per night. I’ve updated previous weeks in my spreadsheet. Though it won’t be reflected in previous Financial Friday posts.

I spent Monday at a hostel in Kutaisi: $4.65. Hostels here are very affordable.

On Tuesday, I moved into an AirBnB that I’ll be spending a month in: $9.76 per night. Not bad for having a whole apartment to myself.

Food

There isn’t much to say here. On Tuesday, I did the bulk of my “I’m in a new place, and have to buy all the stuff that lasts for a long time” shopping.

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: $0.71 per day.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

On Friday, I took advantage of a deal and bought a game: $14.98. It’s called Battletech. So creative right? It’s actually pretty fun if you like strategy games.

On Tuesday, I topped up my local SIM with data: $7.32 for 20G of data.

On Wednesday, I bought a few things to cook with that the AirBnB didn’t have on hand: $5.90. I’m perfectly capable of cooking without them, but they make things a lot easier.

Also on Wednesday, I got my teeth cleaned: $50.71. This is way too much. The only reason I paid it is because my teeth were especially dirty, and they could get me in immediately. However, if any of you are in Georgia and need your teeth cleaned, it should only cost half that much.

On Thursday, I got my teeth cleaned again: $23.54. The overpriced place missed a few things. Granted, my teeth were extremely dirty, but come on…. The lesson here is to not go to dentists that cater to tourists.

Also on Thursday, I bought a couple more things to make cooking easier: $3.62. Because I see nice things, and I have to buy them.

My final miscellaneous purchase on Thursday was a magazine: $1.45. It’s about cooking, and is written entirely in ქართული (Georgian). I figure I can use it as a language learning tool.

Summary

Week 97
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00024.143.440.360.1828.12
Lodging18.3818.3818.384.659.769.769.7689.07
Food0006.3736.686.818.7258.58
Other22.37.327.327.3214.6463.9335.93158.76
Total40.6825.725.742.4864.5280.8654.59334.53

So, this turned out to be a bit on the expensive side. I blame the 50 sets of teeth cleanings. And for November….

Nov 19
CategoryWeek 93Week 94Week 95Week 96Week 97Total
Travel59.87000059.87
Lodging115.65128.66128.66128.6636.76538.39
Food94.546.7829.7236.650207.65
Other71.151.171.2477.1629.62300.22
Total341.12226.54229.62242.4766.381106.13

This was also a bit on the expensive side. The primary reason for that was staying in my own apartment in Greece. While it was nice to have my own space, it certainly wasn’t cheap.

See you all next week….