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 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.

Financial Friday 41

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 41….

Transportation

Friday, Monday and Thursday are metro trips at $0.19 per trip.

On Sunday, I stayed out until the morning, and ended up taking a taxi home. The driver charged me 50% more than what the most expensive fare should have been (which is itself twice what a normal fare is). So I basically paid 3 times a normal rate. I was very annoyed.

Accommodation

The rate for this month is $5.67.

Food

I was actually pretty surprised. With all the debauchery on Sunday night, I figured I would have spent a lot more. What can I say? Georgia is cheap.

Other

Travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

VPN service: $0.13 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

On Monday, my local phone carrier renewed my pay-as-you-go plan: $0.50.

Also on Monday, I forgot to pay the balance on one of my travel cards, and was slapped with a late fee of $25. Ouch! I need to set a reminder or something so that doesn’t happen again.

On Tuesday, I topped up my data for my local carrier: $11.64 for 15G of data. I’m not complaining….

On Wednesday, had a few bank statements printed: $1.49. More on that when I write part 2 of Banking in Georgia.

Summary

Week 41
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0.19 0 2.61 0.19 0 0 0.37 3.36
Lodging 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 39.69
Food 8.08 3.69 12.04 8.58 8.58 5.06 3.62 49.65
Other 9.1 9.1 9.1 34.6 20.74 10.59 9.1 102.33
Total 23.04 18.46 29.42 49.04 34.99 21.32 18.76 195.03

So it wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t fantastic. I blame my own stupidity for forgetting my credit cards have payment dates. Next week should be better. Until then….

Financial Friday 40

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 40….

Transportation

All transportation costs were metro trips ($0.19 a piece). It’s a bit high on Tuesday because I used my card to get an extra person in on our way to a restaurant. What, I have friends?!

Accommodation

The cost for October comes out to $5.48 per day while November is $5.67 per day. That extra day changes the cost slightly. Other than that, nothing really happened here.

Food

On Tuesday, I went with some new friends to a Yemeni restaurant. One of the people I was with was from there, and wanted to showcase his culinary culture. Unfortunately (according to him), the food wasn’t that good. I still thought it was fantastic, but…. That just makes me want to go to Yemen to see how awesome this food really is. Will it live up to the hype?

Other

Travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

VPN service: $0.13 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

On Friday, I bought some jello: $0.50. I thought I could make fake blood out of the strawberry flavor, but I ended up not using it. One of my roommates had make-up that worked much better.

Also on Friday, I bought a pad of sticky notes: $3.34. I’ve been writing the Georgian names of objects on them, and attaching them to the appropriate surfaces. It’s been somewhat effective having to look at the words every time I want to use something.

Summary

Week 40
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0 0 0 0.19 0.56 0 0.37 1.12
Lodging 5.48 5.48 5.48 5.48 5.48 5.48 5.67 38.55
Food 1.21 2.24 4.68 8.58 9.33 14.29 7.09 47.42
Other 12.94 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 67.54
Total 19.63 16.82 19.26 23.35 24.47 28.87 22.23 154.63

So this has been a pretty good week. And for the month….

Oct 18
Week 36 Week 37 Week 38 Week 39 Week 40 Total
Travel 1.36 5.79 1.79 3.59 0.75 13.28
Lodging 21.92 47.42 44.12 38.36 32.88 184.7
Food 26.98 51.5 34.19 44.2 40.33 197.2
Other 94.23 89.62 115.93 80.79 58.44 439.01
Total 144.49 194.33 196.03 166.94 132.4 834.19

This is fantastic! It’s not the least expensive month, but it’s certainly one of the better ones. See you all next week….

Financial Friday 39

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 39….

Travel

There’s the normal metro trips: $0.19 each.

On Thursday, I took a couple taxi rides: $2.26. We went out to a couple bars, and came back to the house.

Accommodation

The rent for this month is $5.48 per day.

Food

Nothing’s too out of the ordinary here. These levels look about average.

Other

Travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

VPN service: $0.13 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

On Thursday, I bought a robe as part of my Halloween costume: $15.09. It’s actually really nice. I’m convinced I couldn’t have gotten the same quality for that price in the US. Halloween’s going to be epic…but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Summary

Week 39
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0.38 0.19 0 0.19 0.19 0.38 2.26 3.59
Lodging 5.48 5.48 5.48 5.48 5.48 5.48 5.48 38.36
Food 11.21 0 5.08 7.55 11.21 6.68 2.47 44.2
Other 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 26.19 80.79
Total 26.17 14.77 19.66 22.32 25.98 21.64 36.4 166.94

So this was a good week…although somewhat boring as far as finances are concerned. See you all next week.