Financial Friday 122

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 122….

Transportation

Zero!

Accommodation

The AirBnB’s running me $8.06 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.

On Thursday, my local SIM base plan was renewed: $0.34.

Summary

Week 122
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging8.068.068.068.068.068.068.0656.42
Food8.9302.9105.70017.54
Other4.734.734.734.734.734.735.0733.45
Total21.7212.7915.712.7918.4912.7913.13107.41

Fantastic! Also, the local economy’s beginning to reopen. Things are looking up. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 121

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 121….

Transportation

Zero.

Accommodation

The AirBnB’s running me $8.06 per night.

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 121
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging8.068.068.068.068.068.068.0656.42
Food14.0105.416.3109.02034.75
Other4.734.734.734.734.734.734.7333.11
Total26.812.7918.219.112.7921.8112.79124.28

See you all next week….

Financial Friday 120

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 120….

Transportation

On Monday, I actually took a taxi: $1.21. I walked to a market, and didn’t feel like walking the several kilometers back. Public transportation is still shut down so my only option was a cab. Still not bad though.

Accommodation

On Sunday, I renewed my monthly AirBnB lease. Since there’s one more day in May than April the per night cost went from $8.33 to $8.06. Winning!

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 120
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel0001.210001.21
Lodging8.338.338.068.068.068.068.0656.96
Food9.247.7806.826.8808.6839.4
Other4.734.734.734.734.734.734.7333.11
Total22.320.8412.7920.8219.6712.7921.47130.68

So…another fantastic week brought to you by staying in a cheap country during lock-down. I really miss bars….

Financial Friday 119

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 119….

Transportation

Zero. Taxis are available now, but I’ve had no reason to use one so….

Accommodation

This month it comes out to $8.33 per day. Plus, lots of free food!

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 topped up my mobile data: $6.58 for 20G.

On Wednesday, I bought a blender: $22.55. Because…why not?

Summary

Week 119
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging8.338.338.338.338.338.338.3358.31
Food8.3910.36010.509.39038.64
Other11.314.734.734.734.7327.284.7362.24
Total28.0323.4213.0623.5613.064513.06159.19

So another nice week. See you all in the next one….

Financial Friday 118

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 118….

Transportation

Zero. Travel is pretty much shut down.

Accommodation

Just chilling in my AirBnB: $8.33 per night.

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.

On Tuesday, my local mobile plan was renewed: $0.35.

Summary

Week 118
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging8.338.338.338.338.338.338.3358.31
Food08.3707.1105.02020.5
Other4.734.734.734.735.084.734.7333.46
Total13.0621.4313.0620.1713.4118.0813.06112.27

Nice! And since the month just ended….

Apr 20
CategoryWeek 114Week 115Week 116Week 117Week 118Total
Travel000000
Lodging19.3667.7658.3158.3158.31262.05
Food10.3534.1430.8827.9820.5123.85
Other65.8946.2798.2436.8733.46280.73
Total95.6148.17187.43123.16112.27666.63

Look at that. Staying home saves a bunch of money. Who knew? See you all next week….

Financial Friday 117

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 117….

Transportation

It’s pretty much illegal to take any mode of transportation other than my own feet so….zero.

Accommodation

Hunkering down with the best AirBnB hosts in the world: $8.33 per day.

Other

On Sunday, I renewed my travel insurance. It turns out if you’re using World Nomads if you exclude Antarctica, you save a lot of money. Old price: $5.03 per day. New price: $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 117
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging8.338.338.338.338.338.338.3358.31
Food08.42008.08011.4827.98
Other6.616.614.734.734.734.734.7336.87
Total14.9423.3613.0613.0621.1413.0624.54123.16

Nice! It turns out not being able to do anything is pretty cheap. Who knew? See you all next week….

Financial Friday 116

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 116….

Transportation

Zero. Travel is becoming increasingly locked down….

Accommodation

Due to a lack of tourism, I was able to lower the cost of my AirBnB. The new rate is $8.33 per day. Plus, my hosts keep bringing me food. The average is 0.75 meals per day. And I don’t ask them for food; they tell me to hand over a plate/bowl, and it comes back full of Georgian deliciousness.

Other

Travel insurance (minus virus coverage): $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 Saturday, I bought some expansions for Hearts of Iron (a video game): $51.97. There’s only so much to do in a day. At least that’s my justification….

Summary

Week 116
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging8.338.338.338.338.338.338.3358.31
Food12.1303.5303.61011.6130.88
Other6.6158.586.616.616.616.616.6198.24
Total27.0766.9118.4714.9418.5514.9426.55187.43

So yeah. Without the game, that would be pretty good. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 115

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 115….

Transportation

Zero. Everything’s pretty much shut down now so it would be hard to spend anything here.

Accommodation

AirBnB monthly rate of $9.68 per day.

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.

Summary

Week 115
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.689.6867.76
Food012.37018.1603.61034.14
Other6.616.616.616.616.616.616.6146.27
Total16.2928.6616.2934.4516.2919.916.29148.17

Now that’s what I like to see. Until next week….

Financial Friday 114

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 114….

Transportation

Zero. On Monday, the Georgian government stopped all public transportation so the only way to get around (that’s not walking) is by taxi. Fortunately, I have enough time to walk wherever I need to go…which has mostly been just grocery shopping.

Accommodation

AirBnB rates remain stable at $9.68 per day.

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 Sunday, my local phone plan was renewed: $0.35.

On Wednesday, my mobile data plan was renewed: $9.81.

On Thursday, I couldn’t help myself and bought the game Hearts of Iron IV, and along with a couple expansions: $42.86. Expensive, but I think I’ll get a lot of use out of it. Because what else are you going to do right now?

Summary

Week 114
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.689.6867.76
Food6.4806.2408.27010.3531.34
Other6.616.617.066.616.6116.4249.4799.39
Total22.7716.2922.9816.2924.5626.169.5198.49

So, the game brought my expenses up a bit, but it’s still reasonable. And for March….

Mar 20
CategoryWeek 110Week 111Week 112Week 113Week 114Total
Travel00.360.340.1700.87
Lodging51.770.467.7667.7648.4306.02
Food66.8990.0866.122420.99268.08
Other43.8560.1246.2746.2733.5230.01
Total162.44220.96180.49138.2102.89804.98

Also not too bad. I suspect this will drop a lot next month since restaurants will be closed for most of the month.

See you all next week….

Financial Friday 113

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 113. And it’s been a crazy one….

Transportation

On Saturday, I took the metro to hit up a market: $0.17. My timing was impeccable since the next day (Sunday) the Georgian government announced their “no more than 10 people together” policy. That resulted in a lot of businesses deciding it wasn’t worth staying open.

Accommodation

The AirBnB is (for now) $9.68 per day.

Food

This dropped off a cliff. Most restaurants are closed due to the ‘lockdown’ (it’s not really a lockdown, but that’s a nice, short way to describe it). The few that are still open only have take-out. So….my food bill was limited to grocery store runs. That saved me a lot of money!

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.

Summary

Week 113
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00.17000000.17
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.689.6867.76
Food07.884.332.412.125.551.7124
Other6.616.616.616.616.616.616.6146.27
Total16.2924.3420.6218.718.4121.8418138.2

So yeah, this situation have been amazing for my wallet. It also ‘helps’ that the exchange rate is moving in my favor. Between the lack of tourists and the global US Dollar rush, there’s a huge demand for foreign (for Georgia) currency.

See you all next week….