Financial Friday 158

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 158….

Transportation

On Friday, I took a taxi: $1.76. I needed to stop by a bank that wasn’t within walking distance.

Accommodation

On Thursday, I started a new rental period. I’m not sure what it’ll cost since the landlord is out of town due to a death in his family. I estimate the daily rate will be about the same as the last period.

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: $0.39 per day.

Summary

Week 158
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel1.760000001.76
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.6811.169.18
Food6.29018.349.27013.56047.46
Other5.15.15.15.15.15.15.135.7
Total22.8314.7833.1224.0514.7828.3416.2154.1

Pretty good. And for January….

Jan 20
CategoryWeek 154Week 155Week 156Week 157Week 158Total
Travel3.0701.236.791.7612.85
Lodging70.667.7667.7667.7629.04302.92
Food28.1722.9937.161.9724.63174.86
Other35.8435.8435.8445.4415.3168.26
Total137.68126.59141.93181.9670.73658.89

This is amazing. I love Georgia! See you all next week….

Financial Friday 137

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 137….

Transportation

On Friday, I took a couple taxi rides: $2.43. Some new friends were having a party, and (of course) I had to go.

On Thursday, I took a couple more taxi rides: $4.36. I had to go to a bank. It’s probably not an expense most travelers will encounter, but….

Accommodation

Rent for the month comes to: $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: $0.39 per day.

On Saturday, my mobile base plan renewed: $0.36.

On Tuesday, my mobile data plan was renewed: $9.24.

Summary

Week 157
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel2.43000004.366.79
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.689.6867.76
Food24.68014.858.0611.343.04061.97
Other5.125.485.125.1214.365.125.1245.44
Total41.9115.1629.6522.8635.3817.8419.16181.96

It looks like my spending on food went up a little; I blame the wine…. It’s still pretty good though. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 156

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 156….

Transportation

On Sunday, I shared a couple taxi rides: $1.23. A friend and I went to a party that was a long way away. It would be nice if public transportation was operating….

Accommodation

This month comes to $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: $0.39 per day.

Summary

Week 156
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel001.2300001.23
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.689.6867.76
Food017.9605.837.186.13037.1
Other5.125.125.125.125.125.125.1235.84
Total14.832.7616.0320.6321.9820.9314.8141.93

So that’s pretty good. See you next week….

Financial Friday 155

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 155….

Transportation

Zero.

Accommodation

This month’s rent comes out to: $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: $0.39 per day.

Summary

Week 155
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging9.689.689.689.689.689.689.6867.76
Food08.3803.8203.976.8222.99
Other5.125.125.125.125.125.125.1235.84
Total14.823.1814.818.6214.818.7721.62126.59

Nice! See you next week….

Financial Friday 154

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 154, and a new year….

Transportation

On Wednesday, I took a couple taxi rides: $3.07. It was Christmas Eve in Georgia, and I went to see a few friends. Since public transportation is still shut down, the only option that didn’t involve my feet was a cab.

Accommodation

The previous deal was $11.10 per day. On Sunday, I switched to a newly negotiated rate: $9.68 per day. It’s the same place as before, but I was able to get a discount by cutting AirBnB out of the mix. We both save money this way.

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 virtual gaming machine: $0.39 per day.

Summary

Week 154
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel000003.0703.07
Lodging11.111.19.689.689.689.689.6870.6
Food08.6807.7603.078.6628.17
Other5.125.125.125.125.125.125.1235.84
Total16.2224.914.822.5614.820.9423.46137.68

What a great way to start out the new year. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 153

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 153, and the last of 2020….

Transportation

Zero. Stupid lockdowns….

Accommodation

The AirBnB for this month comes out to $11.10 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 cloud gaming PC: $0.39 per day.

On Friday, I took advantage of a sale to buy a couple computer games: $37.86. The games are Battle Brothers, and Total War: Warhammer II.

On Sunday, my mobile data plan was renewed: $9.64.

Summary

Week 153
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging11.111.111.111.111.111.111.177.7
Food20.4108.021.585.515.515.756.72
Other42.965.114.745.15.15.15.183.2
Total74.4716.233.8617.7821.7121.731.9217.62

So that’s pretty good. And for the month…

Dec 20
CategoryWeek 149Week 150Week 151Week 152Week 153Total
Travel1.51005.7107.22
Lodging26.1977.777.777.777.7336.99
Food17.4654.5247.3340.5856.72216.61
Other10.8836.7699.89121.483.2352.13
Total56.04168.98224.92245.39217.62912.95

A little more expensive than usual but still ok.

And total spending for the year of 2020 is…. $8653.91! It’s a lot more than locals spend in a year, but far less than anyone I know that’s living in the West. And minus a few virus issues (which is almost everywhere on the planet at this point), my lifestyle is better than I ever experienced in the US. Perhaps this year, more people than ever will decide to leave their overpriced countries, and go see the world. It’s amazing out here!

Financial Friday 152

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 152….

Transportation

On Tuesday, I had to take a couple taxi rides: $5.71. This is over twice as much as I’d normally pay because public transportation is shut down, and there’s a curfew between 2100-0500. The combination of these two greatly increase demand even though it’s so much more expensive.

Accommodation

The AirBnB for the month comes out to $11.10 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: $0.39 per day.

On Friday, I did some shopping for myself: $85.37. I bought two computer games: Phoenix Point, and Humankind. They were on sale so I had to do it….

On Thursday, my mobile base plan was renewed: $0.33.

Summary

Week 152
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00005.71005.71
Lodging11.111.111.111.111.111.111.177.7
Food9.08014.810016.69040.58
Other90.485.15.15.15.15.15.42121.4
Total110.6616.231.0116.221.9132.8916.52245.39

So this looks a bit expensive, but it’s mostly the games I bought myself. See you next week….

Financial Friday 151

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 151….

Transportation

Zero. Lockdowns tend to prevent spending in this area.

Accommodation

This month’s rent in an AirBnB comes out to $11.10 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 until Tuesday: $0.40 per day. On Wednesday, my subscription renewed at $0.39 per day.

On Saturday, I bought a computer game (Baulder’s Gate 3): $64.19. It’s a little expensive, but I figured I could use a treat.

Summary

Week 151
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging11.111.111.111.111.111.111.177.7
Food012.339.0507.2113.035.7147.33
Other5.1169.35.115.115.115.115.1199.96
Total16.2192.7325.2616.2123.4229.2421.92224.99

So it looks a bit high, but that’s mostly due to the video game (a one time expense). See you all next week….

Financial Friday 150

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 150….

Transportation

Zero. Lockdowns tend to cut down on this.

Accommodation

AirBnB for the month comes out to $11.10 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: $0.40 per day.

Summary

Week 150
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel00000000
Lodging11.111.111.111.111.111.111.177.7
Food12.5522.153.63005.8610.3354.52
Other5.445.445.445.115.115.115.1136.76
Total29.0938.6920.1716.2116.2122.0726.54168.98

Nice. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 149

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 149….

Transportation

Public transportation was shutdown on Saturday. This leaves my only option for getting around the city as taxis. Fortunately, the price of these is pretty low (around $2 per ride). It’s considerably more than the metro, but still pretty cheap.

Accommodation

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I needed to fill a couple days before moving to a new AirBnB so the price went up considerably.

On Thursday, I started the new place: $11.10 per night. It’s more expensive than the previous rent, but now I have a whole 2 bedroom place to myself. I think it’s worth it.

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: $0.40 per day.

Unlimited mobile data: $0.31 per day.

On Friday, my limited mobile data plan was refreshed: $9.13. It probably seems silly have a plan that’s limited to 20G per month as well as an unlimited plan, but the limited data rolls over. So after I drop the unlimited plan, I’ll have a bunch of unused data.

Summary

Week 149
CategoryFriSatSunMonTueWedThuTotal
Travel2.2702.120001.515.9
Lodging7.937.937.937.9315.0915.0911.173
Food27.525.295.494.82010.447.0260.58
Other14.575.445.445.445.445.445.4447.21
Total52.2918.6620.9818.1920.5330.9725.07186.69

So it’s been a bit of an expensive week. I blame a lot of it on going crazy on Friday in an attempt to get all my partying in before the government shut down bars and restaurants. And for November….

Nov 20
CategoryWeek 145Week 146Week 147Week 148Week 149Total
Travel2.795.010.454.594.3917.23
Lodging31.7255.5155.5155.5131.72229.97
Food39.0342.6525.9366.9543.12217.68
Other20.1235.2838.0838.4530.89162.82
Total93.66138.45119.97165.5110.12627.7

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