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.

Financial Friday 38

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 38 here we go.

Transportation

On every day except Saturday and Thursday, I took the metro once: $0.19. Or at least it counted as once. On Wednesday, I hopped on and off 3 times, but they were all close enough to each other that it only counted as once. I love the metro here.

On Sunday, some friends an I took a cab to a friend’s barbecue: $0.84.

Accommodation

The rent for this month comes out to $5.48 per day.

On Tuesday, I paid the combined utility bill (electricity, water, and pipe cleaning): $5.76 was my portion for last month. It’s gotten much lower now that we don’t have to run the air conditioner.

Food

Other than going a little overboard on Friday, this was pretty simple. I mostly bought groceries, and cooked myself. Lately, I’ve been trying to limit the amount of carbs I eat which is rather challenging in a country that lives off bread and cheese. I’ve been mostly successful.

Other

Travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

VPN service: $0.13 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

On Friday, I topped up my data on my travel carrier: $15.00.

On Saturday, a book I pre-ordered came out: $10.69. It’s called Where is She: Travel to Trauma. Though it’s written by a traveler and that’s how it came to my attention, it’s about something that can and does happen globally.

On Monday, I topped up my data with my local carrier: $5.83.

On Wednesday, I got my teeth cleaned: $30.71. While this is significantly more expensive than last time, it’s still so much cheaper than what I would pay in the US. And I love the feeling of clean teeth.

Summary

Week 38
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0.19 0 1.03 0.19 0.19 0.19 0 1.79
Lodging 5.48 5.48 5.48 5.48 11.24 5.48 5.48 44.12
Food 15.25 2.38 5.18 3.07 4.86 3.45 0 34.19
Other 14.1 19.79 9.1 14.93 9.1 39.81 9.1 115.93
Total 35.02 27.65 20.79 23.67 25.39 48.93 14.58 196.03

So yeah…still under $200 this week. So…winning! See you all next week.

Financial Friday 37

Locations: Lagodekhi, Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 37 is over. Let’s see what my wallet’s been up to.

Transportation

On Friday, Sunday, Monday, and Thursday, my travel expenses can be explained by metro trips: $0.19 per trip. Most of them were for language exchanges, but Sunday’s was to see see a friend who left Georgia on Monday. You will be missed…until I see you again.

On Tuesday, a friend and I went to ლაგოდეხი (Lagodehki). The travel expense is from catching a mini-bus after we’d made it most of the way out there. We went hiking in the mountains, but more on that in the ‘other’ section.

On Wednesday, we took a mini-bus back to თბილისი (Tbilisi): $2.70. And we took the metro from where the bus dropped us to the house. The mini-buses / large vans called ‘marshutkas’ by the locals are a cheap way to get around, but they can get rather crowded. This one was no exception as it started off all right, but a few people had to stand towards the end.

Accommodation

The rent on the house is $5.48 per day this month.

On Friday, I payed the gas bill. My portion came out to $1.35. Considering how much we use the kitchen, that’s really cheap.

On Tuesday, the hostel / guesthouse came out to $7.71. Two of us rented a 3 person room, and that’s what my half came to.

Food

On Sunday, I splurged a little for the goodbye party. I ordered trout at a restaurant, and was surprised to find they’d grilled a whole fish! It was delicious though. For reference, the aforementioned trout and a salad, and a glass of wine and some fries at a bar all came out to $11.57. I love it here.

Tuesday and Wednesday involved finding food in Lagodekhi so that’s why they’re a little higher. The food out there is even cheaper than Tbilisi! We ate pretty well.

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: $5.87. It’s called ‘Any Way You Can’, and I expect it to teach me a lot about how my body processes energy. I also expect a rather large portion of it to be dedicated to talking about ketones. I’ve developed a mild fascination with the ‘keto’ thing so it should be an interesting read.

On Tuesday, a couple friends an I decided to take a ‘day trip’: $19.28. It included a tour of a wine bottling factory (as well as a lot of wine tasting), a trip to სიღნაღი (Sighnaghi) which is called the romance capital of Georgia, and a stop along the road to see how Georgian bread is made.

Right before the trip back to Tbilisi, it was about half way to Lagodekhi so a friend and I hopped off. It wasn’t easy convincing him to let us off at the main road to go hitchhiking. I think he figured it was an unreliable means of transportation. But we flagged down a truck driver who took us part of the way, and a mini-bus that finished it. If you’re willing to deal with unpredictable times, you can wait along bus routes, flag one down, and pay a fraction of the price for the whole ride.

Summary

Week 37
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0.39 0 0.39 0.39 1.54 2.89 0.19 5.79
Lodging 6.83 5.48 5.48 5.48 13.19 5.48 5.48 47.42
Food 6.05 0.46 13.96 5.59 14.45 9.06 1.93 51.5
Other 14.97 9.1 9.1 9.1 29.15 9.1 9.1 89.62
Total 28.24 15.04 28.93 20.56 58.33 26.53 16.7 194.33

So, it was a little more expensive than just staying in Tbilisi, but I had a lot of fun. See you all next week.

Financial Friday 36

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

Week 36 has come and gone. Let’s see where I spent my money….

Transportation

All transportation costs this week were for the metro, and they all involved going to some sort of language event. I’ve got a couple people helping me with language exchanges so there’s a lot of bouncing around town. For reference, each metro ride costs $0.19.

Accommodation

This is pretty straightforward. We changed months this week, and the number of days in the month with them. This change in the number of days is the reason the numbers change slightly.

Food

On Sunday, we (my roommates and I) hosted a barbecue. Food costs for that day are all BBQ related. The rest is a combination of grocery shopping, and going out.

Other

Travel insurance: $8.64 per day.

VPN service: $0.13 per day.

Amazon Prime: $0.33 per day.

On Tuesday, I bought a pair if hiking shoes: $57.83. Next week, I’m going to spend all day hiking. I’ve done a fair amount of walking in my current shoes, but never spent all day hiking in them so I figured I should get specialized shoes.

Summary

Week 36
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0.58 0.39 0 0.19 0.39 0.39 0.39 2.33
Lodging 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.48 5.48 5.48 5.48 38.93
Food 8.95 1.35 11.66 11.37 9.23 0 6.38 48.94
Other 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 66.93 9.1 9.1 121.53
Total 24.3 16.51 26.43 26.14 82.03 14.97 21.35 211.73

This was a pretty good week…. Actually, really good if I subtract the shoes. And since a new month arrived this week….

Sep 18
Week 32 Week 33 Week 34 Week 35 Week 36 Total
Travel 12 18.19 0.76 3.48 0.97 35.4
Lodging 44.85 61.35 51.04 39.69 17.01 213.94
Food 42.81 46.3 6.85 30.12 21.96 148.04
Other 69.6 271.31 79.91 204.98 27.3 653.1
Total 169.26 397.15 138.56 278.27 67.24 1050.48

This is about average. So if you live your life like mine, this is roughly what you can expect to spend in a month. See you all next week.

Financial Friday 35

Location: Tbilisi [Republic of Georgia]

I’ve been traveling for 2/3 of a year. Let’s see where my money went this week.

Transportation

On Saturday, I rode the metro downtown: $0.19. I had a bit of a pub crawl which involved a lot of drinking, and meeting new people.

By the time 5 AM rolled around, taxis were the only method of transportation available: $1.93. It’s a bit expensive for a cab here, but I was the only passenger so….

On Monday, I took the metro twice: $0.39. The first time was to go to the hospital (more on that later). The second was to go to English club after which I walked home.

On Tuesday, I took the metro twice: $0.39. These trips were to and from Georgian club where I got to show everyone just how terrible my Georgian is.

On Wednesday, I took the metro 3 times. To and from a language exchange, and downtown to hit up a bar that I walked home from.

Accommodation

Rent this month is $5.67 per day, and that’s all for this section. Easy peasy….

Food

There isn’t much to report here. Saturday was a bit more expensive as I went out for food twice.

Other

On Friday night, I had a bit of a scare. I wasn’t feeling well, and my head was messing with me a bit. Since one of the symptoms was chest pain and I still felt shitty on Saturday, I decided to go to the hospital. After a bunch of tests that determined I wasn’t in danger of imminent death, they told me to come back on Monday for another test. The bill for this visit was $105.04.

On Monday, I went back to the hospital for a stress test: $21.24. After that didn’t turn up anything troubling, I went home feeling much better. There’s still something not quite right that I want to get checked out, but I know I’m not going to die so….

On Thursday, I topped up my data for my travel carrier: $15.00. Not very exciting….

Summary

Week 35
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Total
Travel 0 2.12 0 0.39 0.39 0.58 0 3.48
Lodging 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 5.67 39.69
Food 0 12.35 6.33 6.56 0 4.88 0 30.12
Other 9.1 114.14 9.1 30.34 9.1 9.1 24.1 204.98
Total 14.77 134.28 21.1 42.96 15.16 20.23 29.77 278.27

So this week was a little more expensive than last. I attribute it to my little hospital debacle. Considering all those tests would have cost me at least 4 times as much in the US, I’m still pretty happy though. I should post something about my hospital visit….

Anyway, see you all next week for more financial ramblings.