Financial Friday 48

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Hmm…it looks like I forgot to post this on Friday. Better late than never?

Transportation

Absolutely nothing to report here. I’m so boring….

Accommodation

The hostel’s running me $3.75 per night this month. I love Georgia pricing.

Food

I went out a little more than usual so it was a tad more ‘expensive’. Wait, who am I kidding? This is Georgia; nothing’s crazy expensive.

Other

Travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

VPN service: $0.26 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

This blog: $0.31 per day.

On Sunday, I decided to take advantage of a sale on a video game: $32.09. It’s titled Star Control: Origins.

Summary

Week 48
FriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging3.753.753.753.753.753.753.7526.25
Food15.9512.3909.499.747.9413.2368.74
Other9.549.5441.639.549.549.549.5498.87
Total29.2425.6845.3822.7823.0321.2326.52193.86

Another under $200 week. I love Georgia! Until next week…if I don’t forget again….

Financial Friday 47

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 47…

Transportation

I’ve barely left the hostel this week unless it’s been going to the grocery store. I did manage to hitch a ride on the metro on Tuesday though: $0.19.

Accommodation

The hostel’s costing me $3.75 per day.

On Tuesday, my former roommates contacted me, and told me the gas bill for last month had come in. It had actually been there for a while, but no one had paid it since I usually handled it. They noticed when it was cut off. Anyway, the [inefficient] heating is gas powered, and my portion came out to $18.98. That’s a lot for here.

Food

Nothing interesting happened here. Really, nothing….

Other

Travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

VPN: $0.26 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

On Wednesday, the service for this blog came up. It tacks on another $0.31 per day.

Summary

Week 47
FriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000.19000.19
Lodging3.753.753.753.7522.733.753.7545.23
Food5.55.5609.875.775.696.64
32.39
Other9.239.239.239.239.239.549.5465.23
Total18.4818.5412.9822.8537.9218.9813.29143.04

It turns out not doing anything is super cheap. I should consider being boring more often. Just kidding. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 46

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 46….

Transportation

The hostel I’m in is pretty centrally located so I only used the metro once on Friday: $0.19. Winning.

Accommodation

I paid for the hostel for the entire month, and I got a crazy discount. That combined with it being off season, and the currency (the Georgian Lari) being in a low point results in a cost of $3.75 per night!

Food

Nothing unusual’s happening here. I will say it’s pretty awesome having the hostel being practically empty. So I have almost completely free reign of the kitchen.

Other

Travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

I upgraded my VPN service so now it’s like a turbo VPN. All for the low, low price of $0.26 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

On Monday, I bought more data for my local phone: $11.84 for 15G.

On Wednesday, I bought a book: $17.30. It’s titled The Alzheimer’s Antidote: Using a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory Loss, and Cognitive Decline. I bought it because…well, let’s be honest; who isn’t scared shitless of Alzheimer’s?

Summary

Week 46
FriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel0.190000000.19
Lodging3.753.753.753.753.753.753.7526.25
Food8.243.857.1710.746.0715.484.3155.86
Other9.19.19.120.949.126.49.192.84
Total21.2816.720.0235.4318.9245.6317.16175.14

So here’s another average week. See you in 7 days….

Financial Friday 45

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 45 down. Here’s we go….

Transportation

All travel costs this week are metro runs: $0.19 each.

Accommodation

Rent for November was $5.67 per night.

On the first, I moved out of the house I’d spent the last few months in, and checked into a hostel. I know one of the owners who gave me a fantastic rate: $3.75 per night! It would have been a downgrade, but one of the roommates at the house got a dog that has an annoying habit of biting people so…. Yeah, getting away from the demon dog pushes the scales heavily in the hostel’s favor.

Food

Despite going out, and getting fairly drunk on Saturday and Sunday evening, I managed to keep my food budget under control. It’s so cheap here….

Other

Travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

VPN: $0.13 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

On Saturday, there was a sale on a computer game. I figured 20% off was worth the final price tag: $21.66. It’s called Thea 2: The Shattering if anyone’s curious.

On Tuesday, I did laundry: $1.12. One of the downsides of hostel living is I can’t just buy a huge package of laundry detergent. It’s still worth the extra expense though.

On Thursday, I got ‘professional’ pictures taken for an ID: $1.12. I also picked up the paperwork to file for Georgian Residency. I didn’t have a pen with me so I still have to go back and finish the submission process, but I got a good start.

Summary

Week 45
FriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel0.190.370.3700.19001.12
Lodging5.673.753.753.753.753.753.7528.17
Food12.667.1217.3814.833.453.26058.7
Other9.130.769.19.110.229.110.2287.6
Total27.624230.627.6817.6116.1113.97175.59

So another mid-range week has passed. Also, the month of December began.

Nov 18
Week 40Week 41Week 42Week 43Week 44Week 45Total
Travel0.373.363.740.191.520.569.74
Lodging5.6739.6943.4239.6939.699.42177.58
Food7.0949.6548.346.6239.3519.78210.79
Other9.1102.3386.1673.49129.8239.86440.76
Total22.23195.03181.62159.99210.3869.62838.87

As we can see, November was a fantastic month! I love Georgia!

See you all next week….

Financial Friday 44

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 44….

Transportation

All travel costs this week were via metro: $0.19 per trip. It’s super convenient.

Accommodation

Rent for the month comes out to $5.67 per day.

Food

Nothing exciting happened here this week. Between grocery runs, and occasionally eating out, costs are pretty low.

Other

Travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

VPN: $0.13 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

On Monday, I did some online shopping: $66.12. Most things can be found anywhere in the world, and are generally cheaper than in the West. However, there are a few rare items that are difficult to find. Among these are collapsible water bottles (I can find normal water bottles easily enough, but I want a ‘fancy’ one); waterproofing spray (so I can spray a shitty looking jacket; a good part of theft deterrence is to look like you don’t own anything worth stealing); a collapsible backpack (this was an impulse purchase, because it just looked awesome, and I can compress it down when not in use); and a few specialty carabiners (these are sooo useful; you can use them to clip things onto your baggage or person, keep keys together, they’re just all around nice to have). Yes, I paid Western prices, and getting them shipped out to me won’t be cheap either, but certain products need to be top of the line (or just the way you want them); particularly when you own almost no physical objects. Any experienced traveler will tell you that one of the best things to do is travel light! It’s far cheaper and easier to manage when all you have is a carry-on bag.

Summary

Week 44                
  Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0.19 0.19 0.19 0.38 0.19 0.38 0 1.52
Lodging 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 39.69
Food 0 6.7 6.42 11.97 5.66 8.6 0 39.35
Other 9.1 9.1 9.1 75.22 9.1 9.1 9.1 129.82
Total 14.96 21.66 21.38 93.24 20.62 23.75 14.77 210.38

So this was a little more than last week, but that’s primarily due to the Cyber Monday shopping. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 43

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 43….

Transportation

This was very low. I only used the metro once: $0.19. The rest of the time, I walked which is very easy to do here.

Accommodation

Rent on my room for this month comes out to $5.67 per day.

Food

Nothing too crazy happened here. A good reference point for spending would be when I went out to eat with some friends last night. There were 4 of us, and we ordered: 20 ხინკალი (khinkali: dumplings with meat), 1 კაჭაპური (kachapouri: cheese and bread) in the მეგრელური (megrelian) style so it was kind of like a cheese pizza without the tomato sauce, some greens to go with everything, a salad, and a bottle of wine. Split 4 ways, we ended up spending $9.33 each. And we ate like kings! Less than $10 for a fancy meal? Yes please!

Other

Travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

VPN service: $0.13 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

On Friday, I bought a book: $9.79. Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Oragan came recommended by a friend so I thought I’d check it out. I’ve been looking into nutrition and digestion a lot lately.

Summary

Week 43
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0 0 0 0.19 0 0 0 0.19
Lodging 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 39.69
Food 5.06 6.01 0 14.31 5.49 0 15.75 46.62
Other 18.89 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 73.49
Total 29.62 20.78 14.77 29.27 20.26 14.77 30.52 159.99

So, another great week has come and gone. What will I spend next week? You’ll find out next Friday.

Financial Friday 42

Locations: Tbilisi, super small (population less than 100) village [Republic of Georgia]

Week 42, here we go….

Transportation

On Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, I used took the metro for $0.19 per ride.

On Saturday, some friends and I went to a tiny village 60 km west of თბილისი (Tbilisi). 5 of us got a taxi out there; my portion of which was $2.99. Not bad for an hour and a half ride.

Lodging

Rent for the month is $5.67.

On Monday, I paid the utility bill for electricity and water. My portion came out to $3.73.

Food

So…typical food bill. Of note is we bought groceries for our time at the village on Saturday and Sunday. Our bill came out to $9.33 per person for two days; and we weren’t cheap. We bought a lot of the pricier food, and a good deal of alcohol. Have I mentioned I love საქართველო (Georgia)?

Other

Travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

VPN service: $0.13 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

On Friday, I bought two books written by Alain de Botton (a modern philosopher). On Love: A Novel was $9.63. The Course of Love: A Novel was $12.83. These aren’t exactly the cheapest books, but I figure they’re well worth their price since they deal with philosophy. I think we could all use a little more philosophy in our lives.

Summary

Week 42
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0.37 2.99 0 0.19 0.19 0 0 3.74
Lodging 5.67 5.67 5.67 9.4 5.67 5.67 5.67 43.42
Food 8.12 9.33 5 10 9.34 6.51 0 48.3
Other 31.56 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 86.16
Total 45.72 27.09 19.77 28.69 24.3 21.28 14.77 181.62

So there we go. Another decent week. My wallet is really loving this country. See you all next week.