Financial Friday 168

Location: Borjomi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 168….

Transportation

On Monday, I took a taxi from downtown ბორჯომი (Borjomi) to the place I’m staying which is about 2 km away: $1.76. I had a bunch of groceries, and walking didn’t sound like fun.

Accommodation

For this month, it comes out to $10 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.

Shadow: $0.43 per day.

On Tuesday, I bought another 5 day unlimited mobile data plan: $1.17.

Summary

Week 168
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel0001.760001.76
Lodging1010101010101070
Food00027.5600027.56
Other5.165.165.165.166.335.165.1637.29
Total15.1615.1615.1644.4816.3315.1615.16136.61

So another cheap week thanks to a greatly reduced food bill. That’s what happens when you only eat groceries; and the groceries here are even cheaper than in Tbilisi! See you all next week….

Financial Friday 167

Locations: Tbilisi, Borjomi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 167….

Transportation

On Friday, I took the metro twice: $0.29

On Sunday, I traveled to ბორჯომი (Borjomi): $1.46 for a 2 hour bus ride. And I took a taxi from the city to the apartment I’m renting that’s in the woods: $1.76.

Accommodation

I managed to rent a place for $300 per month. So for April, it comes out to $10 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.

Shadow: $0.43 per day.

On Saturday and Thursday, I paid for unlimited mobile data: $1.17 each.

Summary

Week 167
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel0.2903.2200003.51
Lodging00101010101050
Food7.2210.1320.61001.76039.72
Other5.166.335.285.165.165.166.3338.58
Total12.6716.4639.1115.1615.1616.9216.33131.81

So this is a little more accurate. As you can see, my food bill is far cheaper out here. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 166

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Apologies for getting this one out late. The last few days have been pretty busy….

Transportation

I took a few metro rides at $0.15 each.

Accommodation

I stayed with a friend sporadically: $5 per day. His place is much more comfortable than the house I bought. I still haven’t figured out how to price that….

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.

Shadow: $0.43 per day.

On Saturday, I bought a 30G thumb drive: $9.04.

On Monday, I renewed my unlimited mobile data plan for another 5 days: $1.20.

Summary

Week 166
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel0.30.300.150000.75
Lodging505555025
Food10.2410.919.0409.0416.5712.4168.21
Other5.1614.25.166.365.165.165.1646.36
Total20.725.4119.211.5119.226.7317.57140.32

So, not bad. Add $10 if you want to see the equivalent of staying in a hostel all week. And for the month…

Mar 20
CategoryWeek 162Week 163Week 164Week 165Week 166Total
Travel1.796.513.161.050.7513.26
Lodging37.1335353525167.13
Food26.7768.972.5879.955.8303.95
Other20.5645.0744.04488.9141.2639.78
Total86.25155.48154.78604.86122.751124.12

That’s a bit high, but I blame the extra $400+ for a computer. Without that, it’s also pretty good. See you all next week; hopefully, on Friday this time….

Financial Friday 165

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 165….

Transportation

I took a few rides on the public transportation system: $0.15 each.

Accommodation

I’ve adjusted this. I decided to pay my friend $5 per day for letting me stay with him. This is about what I’d pay if I stayed in a hostel so it’s still a fantastic deal for me, and my friend made some money. Win, win!

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.

Shadow: $0.43 per day.

On Friday and Wednesday, I bought 5 day, unlimited data packets for my mobile phone: $1.21.

Also on Friday, I bought a new computer: $442.43. And I had Windows installed on it: $7.58.

Summary

Week 165
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel0.45000.1500.150.31.05
Lodging555555535
Food9.398.567.1118.48015.4620.979.9
Other456.385.165.165.165.166.735.16488.91
Total471.2218.7217.2728.7910.1627.3431.36604.86

So, if the computer’s taken out, it’s pretty good. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 164

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 164….

Transportation

I took a few metro trips this week: $0.15 each.

On Monday, I took a taxi: $2.11.

Accommodation

This says $0 again, but I’m not counting costs for the house I bought. To get an accurate picture for travelers, an AirBnB will cost about $10 per day, and a hostel will be about $5 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.

My Shadow virtual gaming machine subscription renewed on Wednesday. The new rate is $0.43 per day. Short months….

On Friday, I bought a pair of slippers: $3.62.

Also on Friday, I bought a bucket to act as a temporary kitchen sink in the new house: $1.36. New house issues….

On Sunday, I bought a scarf to use instead of a face mask: $3.02. It’s far more comfortable; especially on my ears. Don’t worry mask Nazis; it’s just as effective at stopping the water vapor that escapes my mouth from ‘infecting’ other people.

Summary

Week 164
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel0.300.452.11000.33.16
Lodging00000000
Food12.0704.9830.18011.7713.5872.58
Other10.145.148.165.145.145.165.1644.04
Total22.515.1413.5937.435.1416.9319.04119.78

So, again it looks really good. But that’s largely a result of housing being zero (which it isn’t really). See you next week….

Financial Friday 163

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 163….

Transportation

I took the metro on Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday: $0.15 each.

I also took taxis on those days: $3.03, $0.91, and $2.12 respectively.

I’ve been moving around a lot….

Accommodation

This is complicated. I bought a house which I’m in the process of buying things for. This is part of the reason I’ve taken so many taxis. In the meantime, I’m staying with a friend. This isn’t exactly free, but it also doesn’t neatly fit into a daily expense calendar.

For travel purposes, I’ll say I could rent an AirBnB for a month around $300: $10 daily. If it helps, feel free to add $70 for lodging to the weekly figure.

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.

Shadow: $0.41 per day.

On Tuesday, I bought 140G of mobile data: $9.09. I’ve been using a lot of it lately, and this was a good deal.

Summary

Week 163
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel03.181.06002.2706.51
Lodging00000000
Food09.09016.6716.5611.8214.7668.9
Other5.125.125.125.1214.215.125.1244.93
Total5.1217.396.1821.7930.7719.2119.88120.34

So yeah, it looks low because of the accommodation thing. I’ll figure something out for that…. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 162

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 162…

Transportation

On Sunday, I took the metro: $0.15. It’s so cheap….

On Thursday, I took a taxi: $1.79. I moved into a friend’s place.

Accommodation

I moved out of my AirBnB on Thursday. The revised figure is $10.71 per day. Those short months get me every time….

I moved in with a friend for a couple days. There’s a gap in my housing, and my friend was nice enough to accommodate me.

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.

Shadow: $0.41 per day.

On Friday, I bought a game: $27.81. Shadow Empires was on sale. So of course, I had to buy it.

Summary

Week 162
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel000.150001.791.94
Lodging10.7110.7110.7110.7110.7110.71064.26
Food017.0112.927.708.4910.5856.7
Other32.935.125.125.125.125.125.1263.65
Total43.6432.8428.923.5315.8324.3217.49186.55

Not bad. Especially considering I bought a game. And for the month of February…

Feb 20
CategoryWeek 158Week 159Week 160Week 161Week 162Total
Travel00.301.510.151.96
Lodging39.7574.9774.9774.9732.13296.79
Food22.8344.4757.1549.3829.93203.76
Other20.4197.2135.7445.3543.17341.87
Total82.98316.95167.86171.21105.38844.38

That’s a little on the high side; especially for a short month. Although it’s still far less than I’d spend in the West. I blame the one-time purchases (like the phone). See you all next week….

Financial Friday 161

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 161….

Transportation

On Sunday, I took a taxi to a party: $1.51.

Accommodation

AirBnB estimate: $9.68 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.

Shadow: $0.41 per day.

On Monday, my mobile’s base plan was renewed: $0.33.

On Thursday, my mobile data plan was renewed: $10.69.

Summary

Week 161
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel001.5100001.51
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.689.6867.76
Food10.01018.410020.96049.38
Other5.125.125.125.455.125.1214.345.35
Total24.8114.834.7215.1314.835.7623.98164

Not bad…. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 160

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 160….

Transportation

Zero. I’m back to being boring….

Accommodation

Estimated AirBnB rate: $9.68 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.

Shadow for the last billing cycle: $0.39 per day. For the new billing cycle: $0.41 per day. Thanks short months….

Summary

Week 160
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.689.6867.76
Food23.25010.740023.16057.15
Other5.15.15.15.15.15.125.1235.74
Total38.0314.7825.5214.7814.7837.9614.8160.65

Not bad. See you next week….

Financial Friday 159

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 159….

Transportation

On Thursday and Friday, I took a couple metro rides: $0.15 each. It’s so nice to have public transportation working again.

Accommodation

Estimated $9.68 per day.

Other

Travel insurance: $3.15.

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.

Shadow: $0.39 per day.

On Thursday, I bought a new phone: $161.51. Were Android smartphones always this cheap? I could have sworn I paid a lot more than this before….

Summary

Week 159
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel000000.150.150.3
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.689.6867.76
Food023.392.49008.110.4944.47
Other5.15.15.15.15.15.1166.61197.21
Total14.7838.1717.2714.7814.7823.03186.93309.74

So the phone pushed this up considerably. If that’s taken out, it’s been a pretty good week. See you in the next one….