rudder wrote:I've looked into things a bit more, and have to conclude that most of the websites suggesting these prices probably have a completely different person in mind than me.
For all the folks on the net saying you need your Gringo, Mcmansion $2000/month lifestyle. I'll have you know you're talking to someone who picked scorpions out of his bed in central Mexico, and who bought a bunch of bulk grains and beans, and didn't eat out once during a whole year in the US.
I'll cut you some slack if you're up there in age, as I know those "creature comforts" become more and more important as time passes.
I've also got an American friend who has been living in Chile (Yes Chile! One of the most expensive countries in South America) on $350 a month. (How-to ebook pending). We read these expat forums and scratch our heads wondering how people can even spend thousands of dollars a month. Do you drink daily at hotel bars? Hit up all the most expensive clubs every weekend? Golf lessons? Spas? Pedicures? Frappaccinos? P4P? Massages? P4P? Kids? Eat out every meal? Chofer? Maid? Wining and dining foreign, materialistic princesses? Where's all the money going?!
Did I say you couldn't live on $400 a month, you could but I told you what would happen and you seemingly ignored it.
I can find a bunch of people to corroborate living on the least amount possible, the Hobo traveler is one of them.
The truth is you can do that in America. Rent in rural areas is a joke, I doubt you would get $200 for rent, but it can for sure be done under a thousand, how do you think some of these people on SSI only get by?
The point of being an expat is to reduce your cost of living while still enjoy life.
If constantly penny pinching is your ideal of fun, then have at it.
Like I said, between $1200-$1500 in an expensive country like Brazil gets you a decent apartment, all the modern conveniences and even a car.
In Central America that can be done for less if you opt for a used car (no payments).
But if you wanna live like a loner and ride the chicken bus, I guess that's okay too.