Financial Friday 108

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 108….

Transportation

On Thursday, I took the metro to go cloths shopping: $0.17.

Accommodation

Rent for the month is $10.34. It’s not the greatest rate, but I have myself to blame.

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.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

On Thursday, I bought a new pair of jeans: $19.10. It’s interesting, length wasn’t important. The vendor just ensured the waste was correct, then went to a seamstress to have the length adjusted. So for half tailor-made jeans, I spent less than $20!

Summary

Week 108
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel0000000.170.17
Lodging10.3410.3410.3410.3410.3410.3410.3472.38
Food2.86023.95.54012.1510.0754.52
Other6.616.616.616.616.616.6125.7165.37
Total19.8116.9540.8522.4916.9529.146.29192.44

So yeah….this turned out better than I thought it would. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 107

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 107….

Transportation

There’s just a cab ride on here: $1.18. It was late, and cold outside so I got it to stay warm.

Accommodation

So through Sunday, I was on the weekly AirBnB rate: $13.39 per night.

On Monday, I negotiated a monthly rate with the AirBnB host: $300 total or $10.34 per night. In hindsight, I should have gone through the app for two reasons. 1) the host just took the weekly rate and multiplied by 4. While AirBnB did offer a weekly rate discount, it offered a much higher additional discount for monthly bookings. 2) February is a short month. In the app, I could have put in 30-31 days and gotten the same rate rather than being limited to this leap year’s 29. Live and learn….

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.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

On Friday, I bought a video game pack: $38.50. It included Master of Orion 1 + 2, and the one simply called Master of Orion. I have a problem….

Also on Friday, my local carrier was running a sale on data packages which I grabbed: $3.47.

On Monday, a friend was trying to make a ‘normal’ phone call with my phone (I usually use an app that just uses data). So I bought some minutes to be nice: $3.47.

Summary

Week 107
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel001.1800001.18
Lodging13.3913.3913.3910.3410.3410.3410.3481.53
Food2.279.719.934.9712.2320.25059.36
Other48.586.6111.086.616.616.616.6192.71
Total64.2429.7135.5821.9229.1837.216.95234.78

So…a little on the expensive side, but not horrible. See you all next week.

Financial Friday 106

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 106….

Transportation

On Saturday, I took the metro once: $0.18. And a taxi, because the metro lines were closed when I wanted to go home: $1.44.

Accommodation

The old AirBnB was $9.26 per night.

On Monday, I moved to a new AirBnB. The price is a little higher since I only booked a week to see if I liked it: $13.39 per night. Note that AirBnBs get much cheaper when booking a week, month or longer. In this case, the weekly discount isn’t as large as the monthly, and the fixed costs (cleaning, etc.) are a much larger percentage of the overall charge.

Food

Nothing too interesting going on 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.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

On Friday, my local carrier was running a special: $1.75. For that, I got 5G of data.

On Saturday, my local carrier’s data plan renewed: $10.65. That’s for 20G of data, and rolling over whatever I hadn’t used the previous month.

Summary

Week 106
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel01.62000001.62
Lodging9.269.269.2613.3913.3913.3913.3981.34
Food3.9415.06018.0615.0612.49064.61
Other8.3617.266.616.616.616.616.6158.67
Total21.5643.215.8738.0635.0632.4920206.24

So that’s a little higher due to higher lodging costs. It’s still pretty good though.

And for the first month of the new year….

Jan 20
CategoryWeek 101Week 102Week 103Week 104Week 105Week 106Total
Travel00.724.344.24.1013.36
Lodging19.5264.8264.8264.8264.829.26288.06
Food6.5660.9491.6974.7649.33.94287.19
Other24.2355.4955.3348.7151.268.36243.38
Total50.31181.97216.18192.49169.4821.56831.99

Not bad…not bad at all. See you all next week.

Financial Friday 105

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

I’ve been traveling for 2 full years now. Let’s see how my finances looked this week.

Transportation

Metro trips are $0.18 per trip. I also took 2 taxis when the it was too late for the metro: $1.47, $1.75.

Accommodation

The nightly rate for my AirBnB is $9.26.

Food

For some reason this came out to less than the last couple weeks. I guess I got lucky with normal fluctuations.

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.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

On Wednesday, my local phone plan renewed: $0.39. This is a base, pay-as-you-go plan that I stack a data plan on top of.

On Thursday, I bought some treats for the local Mormons who are teaching me Georgian: $5.60. I think this is a pretty good rate for an hour of one-on-one teaching. Note: learning grammar is usually best done from a non-native speaking teacher. Natives intuitively know what to say, but not why.

Summary

Week 105
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel001.650.352.1004.1
Lodging9.269.269.269.269.269.269.2664.82
Food06.7416.817.0115.063.68049.3
Other6.616.616.616.616.61711.2151.26
Total15.8722.6134.3323.2333.0319.9420.47169.48

This is what I like to see. Type at you all next week….

Financial Friday 104

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 104….

Transportation

It’s been ‘cold’ outside (0°C) so I’ve been lazy. Fortunately, the metro’s $0.17 per ride. I’ve been out past when it runs a few times though when I took a taxi home: $1.50 per ride.

Accommodation

The AirBnB’s running me $9.26 per night.

Food

Nothing unusual 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. This renewed in January so I have a year to spend the $300 in travel credit. I’m sure I’ll get there pretty fast.

Passport: $0.03 per day.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

On Thursday, my Georgian mobile carrier was running a special. 7GB of internet for $2.44. Of course, I jumped on it.

Summary

Week 104
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel0.171.6700.170.350.171.674.2
Lodging9.269.269.269.269.269.269.2664.82
Food15.713.24011.7911.856.5215.6674.76
Other6.616.616.616.616.616.619.0548.71
Total31.7430.7815.8727.8328.0722.5635.64192.49

Another week under $200. Winning! See you all next week….

Financial Friday 103

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 103….

Transportation

I’ve been using the metro a lot more recently. I also took a couple taxi rides this week. Once on Sunday ($1.56), and once on Tuesday ($1.88). Tuesday was slightly more expensive due to it being Old New Years day.

Accommodation

A month long AirBnB rental’s coming out to $9.26 per night.

Food

Can you tell which days I went to a bar? That’s pretty much the only thing that’ll take my food spending over $20.

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.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

On Thursday, I bought my language teachers some ჩურჩხელა (churchkhela): $9.06. Not bad for an hour of personalized instruction.

Summary

Week 103
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel001.740.182.060.3604.34
Lodging9.269.269.269.269.269.269.2664.82
Food8.82032.427.2432.67.243.3791.69
Other6.616.616.616.616.616.6115.6755.33
Total24.6915.8750.0323.2950.5323.4728.3216.18

This is still well within my budget, but get a little annoyed when the previous weeks have been under $200. I’m such a cheap ass…. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 102

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 102….

Transportation

I’ve been using the metro a lot more this week. At $0.18 per ride though, it’s still pretty good.

Accommodation

I’m renting an AirBnB. It comes out to $9.26 per night.

Food

Not much to say 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.

Password manager: $0.16 per day.

On Friday, I bought Season 12 of Doctor Who. It would have cost me $27.81, but I have Amazon credit from taking surveys. Pro tip: join Amazon Preview; then you can get free stuff when you buy things.

On Sunday, I bought some mouth wash: $3.42. I decided to start taking oral hygiene seriously, I guess.

On Thursday, I bought some ჩურჩხელა (churchkhela: a local ‘candy’): $5.80. It’s not listed under food, because it’s a gift for the LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; aka Mormons) missionaries. They’re giving me free Georgian lessons so I’m bribing them with cheap gifts. And that price for an hour of private lessons; worth it!

Summary

Week 102
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel0000.180.360.1800.72
Lodging9.269.269.269.269.269.269.2664.82
Food14.3106.388.6917.0414.52060.94
Other6.616.6110.036.616.616.6112.4155.49
Total30.1815.8725.6724.7433.2730.5721.67181.97

This looks remarkably similar to last week. Maybe this is a new baseline? Anyway, see you all next week….