The best places in the world to live cheaply

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    Sep 13, 2015 4:52 PM GMT
    Can you live the good life on less than $1000 a month?

    Paying for the roof over your head is eye-wateringly expensive, and economising is getting you nowhere fast. So, could there be a simpler, easier life?

    We went to question-and-answer site Quora to find the best place in the world to live cheaply — with great weather and reliable internet of course.

    http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20150911-can-you-live-the-good-life-on-less-than-1000-a-month
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    Sep 13, 2015 6:22 PM GMT
    I'm surprised CA didn't make the list. Just show up illegally, seek "counseling" from the numerous agencies providing scofflaws with "access to vital human resources and services," and you're halfway there. Enroll your kids in school for the free meals they can get, and get subsidized rent from your rent-controlled city's welfare fund. Oh, and SNAP, and state welfare bennies? Sure, you're not supposed to get them, but don't let that stop you. Talk to a priest, minister, imam, or rabbi, and they'll steer you in the right direction, where you can get free groceries, reduced "lifeline" cable, internet and telephone rates, and a free cellie or two to chatter away on en espanol. As for that $1K you've got, well, we're all entitled to a trip to Disneyland every now and then, so load your gang into your uninsured, gross polluter-mobile and jump on the I-5 - make sure you dawdle in the far left lane and don't throw those soiled Huggies out until you get to the parking lot! - for a good time.
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    Sep 13, 2015 6:47 PM GMT
    CA seems to have jaded you, MGINSD. Why don't you move to Mexico? (which is on the list). Think of all that cheap living and you'll also be doing your bit for net migration.
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    Sep 14, 2015 12:06 AM GMT
    I must be RJaded because I'm not surprised to find a travel thread already politicized.
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    Sep 14, 2015 12:06 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidCA seems to have jaded you, MGINSD. Why don't you move to Mexico? (which is on the list). Think of all that cheap living and you'll also be doing your bit for net migration.


    Just tellin' it like it is. That's how things are over on the far side of the pond; "come and see." And, no thanks on MX, though I could easily handle Canada if I didn't love the US despite all its faults and follies.
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    Sep 14, 2015 5:06 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidThe best places in the world to live cheaply
    With a rich sugar daddy. Duh!
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    Sep 14, 2015 12:48 PM GMT
    MGINSD said
    Ex_Mil8 saidCA seems to have jaded you, MGINSD. Why don't you move to Mexico? (which is on the list). Think of all that cheap living and you'll also be doing your bit for net migration.


    Just tellin' it like it is. That's how things are over on the far side of the pond; "come and see." And, no thanks on MX, though I could easily handle Canada if I didn't love the US despite all its faults and follies.
    How about living in Australia, the land down undericon_question.gif
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    Sep 14, 2015 4:19 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    MGINSD said
    Ex_Mil8 saidCA seems to have jaded you, MGINSD. Why don't you move to Mexico? (which is on the list). Think of all that cheap living and you'll also be doing your bit for net migration.


    Just tellin' it like it is. That's how things are over on the far side of the pond; "come and see." And, no thanks on MX, though I could easily handle Canada if I didn't love the US despite all its faults and follies.
    How about living in Australia, the land down undericon_question.gif


    Not a bad place, either, based on my last visit there in '88, but no thanks, I like the USA, for all it's faults, it's my home.
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    Sep 15, 2015 12:58 AM GMT
    Ah yes. The Land Down Under. Having immigrated to Australia and been a permanent resident here for a little over two years now I can assure you that it is not a cheap place to live at all. It is quite a bit more expensive than the US. There's no way it could be on a list of inexpensive places to live.
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    Sep 16, 2015 1:05 AM GMT
    There are places in the U.S. that are dirt cheap as well but no one wants to live there.
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    Sep 16, 2015 5:08 AM GMT
    There are some interesting options there. Personally, I prefer to live in California. There really is not another State that I want to live in. For retirement, I'm hoping to find an inexpensive way to build a retirement home. I have an idea that would involve several of my neighbors moving with me on a large property that we would build an entertainment building and each have little cabanas/casitas/homes. They all support the idea so far. The idea would to build it as inexpensively as possible to keep the property taxes down and then add the upgrades later. Without even trying, I have at least 4 families seriously interested and others open to the idea. I just asked my favorite neighbors so far. icon_smile.gif

    Something to also consider is that after, I think it is 65, you get medicare to help with your health care expenses. If you move overseas, I have read that you lose that. So it is important to consider possible health care costs where you move as well.
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    Sep 16, 2015 5:22 AM GMT
    Wow, it didn't take long to turn this into a political thread. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 16, 2015 5:25 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidCan you live the good life on less than $1000 a month?

    Paying for the roof over your head is eye-wateringly expensive, and economising is getting you nowhere fast. So, could there be a simpler, easier life?

    We went to question-and-answer site Quora to find the best place in the world to live cheaply — with great weather and reliable internet of course.

    http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20150911-can-you-live-the-good-life-on-less-than-1000-a-month

    Some people prefer the super simple life and talk about retiring in certain parts of Asia or South America. It's fine and dandy, but you're definitely going to give up a lot of things. Some luxuries and some necessities. Most of those locations are third world countries. Probably not recommended for people with certain health issues or high expectations of health standards.
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    Sep 16, 2015 12:38 PM GMT
    friendormate saidThere are places in the U.S. that are dirt cheap as well but no one wants to live there.
    Yeah places like Saginaw MI, Youngstown OH, Niagara Falls NY, Wilkes-Barre PA, etc.
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    Sep 16, 2015 2:13 PM GMT
    its difficult to overcome local immigration, banking and tax laws. Yes the grass is always greener some where else but likely impractical.

    I would say any in-land medium size US city that has a established commercial tax base.

    -make sure your home is paid off when you near retirement
    -avoid living with HOA fees
    -live in a small simple structure
    -In your 50's work 8-5 but own your own small side business
    -live next to a lite rail station and plan to sell off your cars
    -live in areas with services, for example walk to the gym or super market
    -buy at least a duplex and live in half of it; have tenants pay you rent
    -buy small low tech appliances, energy efficient. 4example; look into a whole hose evaportave cooler in stead of the typical refrigeration air conditioner.
    -get some lesbeonic skills; basic plumbing, electrical, tax law. Know the feel of flannel against your skin.
    -keep the weight off. Goto the gym but dont kill your self there in a mid life crisis. Concentrate on personal well being after your 35-40's.
    -avoid accumulating a lot of junk. after your done with a life phase sell it off and start the next.
    -keep relationships loving honest simple, or skip it and get a dog.
    ...
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    Sep 16, 2015 7:00 PM GMT
    I will move to forest one day
  • tazzari

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    Sep 16, 2015 11:37 PM GMT
    A lot depends on how simply you are prepared to live. When I'm at my cabin I spend a LOT less. Don't know if I'd want to live that way always, but one of my retirement home ideas is a 3-4 room house about an hour out of Seattle: cheaper land, fewer distractions...