Financial Friday 89

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 89, here we go….

Transportation

On Tuesday, I stopped by the US Embassy to pick up my shiny new passport. Between the metro and buses, transit cost me a whole $0.36.

On Wednesday, I took the metro once to reduce the time to get to English Club (where people practice speaking English): $0.18. I normally walk, but I was running a little late.

Accommodation

I got a roommate on Friday so my lodging cost got halved: $5.63. I love it when that happens since it has a major effect on my budget.

Food

Ever since I’ve moved closer to downtown, I’ve been going out a lot more. So my food bill is a bit higher…. It’s just so much more convenient here….

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.

On Thursday, I renewed my data plan on my local SIM: $10.94. That’s for 20G of data and rollover from the previous months.

Summary

Week 89
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000.360.1800.54
Lodging5.635.635.635.635.635.635.6339.41
Food12.623.2609.7830.40056.06
Other7.167.167.167.167.167.1618.161.06
Total25.4116.0512.7922.5743.5512.9723.73157.07

So definitely better than last week. Most of the difference comes from lower accommodation costs. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 88

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Transportation

On Monday, I took a bus and metro to change accommodation: $0.18. 45 minutes of transit on multiple transportation methods, and it still comes out super cheap.

Accommodation

I moved into a more expensive AirBnB on Monday. The bonus: the new location is a block away from the city’s largest market! Winning.

Food

So I went a bit crazy on Tuesday. That includes a grocery store run, and a night out. The time at the bar includes dinner, several glasses of wine and a couple beers for the bartender. She has this not so subtle way of getting her patrons to buy her drinks. I’m clearly in the wrong profession….

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.

On Monday, I bought a cutting board since the new AirBnB didn’t have one: $2.54. It’s a pretty nice wooden one, and is far cheaper than I expected.

On Tuesday, I bought a spatula ($3.62; which I later discovered I overpaid for), laundry detergent ($1.00), and a coffee/tea press ($3.44). The hidden expenses of moving into a new place….

Also on Tuesday, I bought a handkerchief: $0.72. Its purpose is to be placed over a lens of my reading glasses. My right eye has become seriously nearsighted from sitting in front of the computer for long stretches while my left has maintained 20/20 vision. So, I’m handicapping my eyes by wearing reading glasses while sitting in front of the computer. It’s amazing how your eyes adjust to their environment. After around 15 minutes with the glasses on, the visual acuity range increases dramatically. I just need to look like an idiot with handkerchief over my glasses. I haven’t been brave enough to try that in public yet.

Summary

Week 88
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel0000.180000.18
Lodging9.429.429.4211.2611.2611.2611.2673.3
Food00011.4147.7212.0918.7589.97
Other7.167.167.169.715.947.167.1661.44
Total16.5816.5816.5832.5574.9230.5137.17224.89

So, not great, but not terrible either. And for the month….

Sep 19
CategoryWeek 84Week 85Week 86Week 87Week 88Total
Travel0.54001.260.181.98
Lodging23.5532.9732.9751.8173.3214.6
Food29.445.0645.6745.6989.97255.79
Other50.0878.2149.8775.6961.44315.29
Total103.57156.24128.51174.45224.89787.66

That’s actually pretty good too. See you all next week….