1. tip top Jan 26, 2010 7:22 PM

    The cheapest country in the whole world to live is the united kingdom. If your an immigrant and get in then all the british tax payers pay for you. You will get money, maybe a posh hotel and if you get a job you pay no tax for one year. Read the papers. You can even protest march around london and also if you get a lady pregnant can get a free council house and all bills paid.
    No wonder all the foreigners come to the promised land. Now us english are leaving. Thanks gordon brown. And guess what? Any where we go wont help us! I will end up in a stick hut in penang with a girl with flipflops calling me hansum man and asking when you buy me ring? Still better than uk unless your a foreigner. So all foreigners come here now because us whites are leaving. We been taxed to death to pay for you people. Our stupid system of democracy and free speech has ruined our nation. The worst thing is i remember when the english were giants. Now we are shit on!

  2. Bill Jan 26, 2010 8:24 PM

    I think you people are missing the requirements to live in a foreign country, you cant just move wherever you want to, most of europe wont let you live there, un less you dump a ton of money in there economy, to retire in thailand you have to be over 50 yrs old, have an income of $1800 a month or have $24,000 deposited in a thai bank, or you can marry a thai girl and then you only need an income between you and your thai wife of $1,200 or $12,000 in the bank

  3. Vp Jan 27, 2010 11:45 AM

    Madagascar is best when i compared to INDIA
    Good Business, people, environment...... Its Nice

  4. vepp Jan 28, 2010 1:22 AM

    Does Belize even have government? lol

  5. Senõr Shakey Jan 29, 2010 3:56 AM

    The acronym 'lol' has really got to go. I beg you...

  6. guest Jan 29, 2010 10:57 AM

    you guys are homeless

  7. The Little Corp. Jan 30, 2010 3:15 AM

    The homeless must be put in camps.

  8. 88 Bottles of Beer Jan 30, 2010 3:18 AM

    Just move to Canada... it's already turning into the Third World slums this article showcases.

  9. Paul Feb 1, 2010 9:43 AM

    yes i agree , come to England U.K and live for free , we will happily pay for free translators , free legal , free house , free hospital health care , dentist , education , plus the more of you there is the more we pay , we pay you money every week , if you have a disability we will give you a brand new car........i am not even joking ITS true .

  10. Jeffroman Feb 1, 2010 1:31 PM

    Costa Rica is not cheap at all, was there last year and found it expensive compared to colombia or ecuador where I spent 6 months in these two beautiful countries

  11. jim Feb 2, 2010 6:08 PM

    does anybody know what is chile like safety wise and is it cheap to live in ?

  12. jew hunter Feb 3, 2010 1:42 AM

    but england is the new land of the jews, if you were lookin at the U.K. it would have to be any where but england!!!

  13. realist... Feb 4, 2010 1:52 AM

    i think people for somereason or another are underestimating the prices for living in these countries...go on craigslist right now ..and see the rents ...the guy from thailand who claims to feed his family only on a bag of rice? get a life...

  14. canada sucks Feb 4, 2010 2:00 AM

    from what i gather from reading all the postings ...places like poland seem the best bet..about 50% of the people think bangkok ,and thailand suck while the other 50 think its great. i want to go to vietnam but looking at the rents they are the same as here in vancouver , bc 500 -800 for a decent one bedroom. i think these countries are starting take advantage of the influx of expats and adjusting thier rents accordingly. My intuition suggests that cheap paradises are fading fast but nicaguara , columbia are still avaliable.

  15. i agree... Feb 4, 2010 2:07 AM

    dont come to canada ...the weather sucks ...try new zealand or austraila..better pay ..better weather...and for that nerd that said mauritania was cheap? get a life ..its been the hawaii of europe for years...its an island ..everything is imported...i think some people on this site have less than noble motives when giving officers..

  16. edz Feb 4, 2010 3:39 AM

    Phillipines is a nice place with hospitable people..

  17. Noah Vail Feb 4, 2010 8:07 PM

    Here's a no doubt futile reply to "Alberta," who says:

    "Noah Vail, I find it hard to believe you're living in Vancouver for $500 a month with any sort of comfort when the average apartment starts at $1200 let alone your food & other living expenses.
    Must be in rehab , living at home or on the streets. No, a hostile isn't considered living....existing maybe.

    Can someone shed some more light on living in Brazil?"

    No, I'm not in rehab, or on the streets, or in a "hostile." Yes, I am living at home. Where do you live?
    I own my own home, so after I pay my taxes and buy groceries, I usually find my bank account depleted by less than $500 a month. Inevitably contingencies arise and I am forced to spend more on occasion, but my grocery bill last month was $100. Do you find that hard to believe, too?
    I have lived in Brazil, many years ago. No doubt before you were born, so I won't attempt to shed any light on what it's like to live there now. Rio was a dangerous city when I was there, and I'm sure it still is, but don't miss it. Brazil is a big,beautiful country. Go there.

  18. Barney99 Feb 5, 2010 5:47 PM

    I am 50 years old with 400k. Where can I live out the rest of my life without ever working again? Looking for warm climate with good ocean fishing. Oh yeah, must have good marijuana and no worry about the cops.

  19. Noah Vail Feb 8, 2010 1:46 PM

    Barney, Vancouver will suit you just fine.
    Buy my condo for 300k and you'll have enough left over to spend the rest of your life smoking some of the best, salmon and otherwise.
    $500 a month, even after you've squandered some on the local dope, will do you just fine.
    And you're only 15 years away from the Old Age Pension, if you do go a little over budget or things go somehow awry.
    Plus if you ever need post-sale advice, you can always call me in Ceylon, or Thailand, or Portugal, or ...

  20. Lewiz Menz Feb 8, 2010 2:50 PM

    What locations in America are the best places to live where therevare low crime rates, ideal temperatures and taxes are low?

    ... jobs are not plentiful but you can live on $1,500.00 a month, including rent, groceries, transportation, cel, cable, beaches, 75 cents to $1.20 beer, plenty of rum, super bowl and just 1 1/2 hour from US continental?

    Stable government, english, spanish spoken, surfing, free beaches, snorkeling, diving, deep sea fishing, hunting, nature, casinos, cannabis, and YES! security, US and international banking, great communications systems, high speed internet, property affordable...complete paradise...friendly people..etc, etc

    I do not know why you people are looking so far from your shores... (US I mean)

    Check out Isabela, Aguadilla, Rincon, Aguada, Mayaguez (in general, the West Coast) of Puerto Rico!!!! -

    Note: forget about the East and San Juan....

  21. Feb 8, 2010 2:52 PM


    Do your Research, and if I am wrong, let me know...


  22. jack Feb 8, 2010 4:22 PM

    if you want to live human life you need 2k amonth in thailand..cambodia over $1000 ...and almost most aisa cost you close to that

  23. guest Feb 8, 2010 9:31 PM

    Philippines is the great of all.. you can see the Natural resources there..
    A lot of Islands.....and friendly people!
    and its not hard to communicate to the people there...100% Its great

  24. lace Feb 8, 2010 9:34 PM

    Thailand and Philippines is cheap places to leave..

  25. Guest Feb 9, 2010 10:58 AM

    All the negative comments are probably right. It's safer to stay at home in the US and watch the walls of freedom crumble around you than take a chance and search for a better life. Anyways, you need to get back to your jobs, and I need to get back to the beach. My advice - life is short, live it!

  26. Onion Bun Feb 9, 2010 8:27 PM

    Wow! That's quite a thread. It's easy to discern those who have lived overseas and those who have not. Of course you can live for $500/month! You just have to make some (western) sacrifices, but these are compensated by the beauty of the place - beaches, cafes, mountains to climb, etc. From personal experience, I would suggest Cambodia and north Vietnam (Hanoi). Very cheap. Great French colonial architecture. Food is great too. Agree Canada and the UK are crumbling due to out-of-whack government policies. Many are leaving because of that. Thailand has great spots. I'm curious about India and Morroco. Beaches and good food and cheap drinking (bottled) water are crucial. When I lived in the Philippines I found it too humid and too many people interested in your business. What country out there WANTS westerners with a monthly income? Getting visas easily is also important. And where can you live with no worries about malaria? Nepal may be interesting. Kashmir Valley is beautiful but dangerous. From the places I've lived, Cambodia is at the top - Sihanoukville particularly. Great beach, quiet and safe.

  27. Noah Vail Feb 9, 2010 11:19 PM

    Okay, Barney, I make you a special price because you're my friend.
    275k. Then you smoke BC bud to your heart's content. And just call me if you have worry about the cops. I'll be in Mexico, or Costa Rica, or Tunisia, or ...

  28. Barney99 Feb 10, 2010 10:16 AM

    Noah, thanks for the offer but Canada is too cold for me. BC bud is king!!!

  29. lalalaglo Feb 10, 2010 12:43 PM

    My friend (cousin, actually) told me about renting a house, with his friends, somewhere in India for, maybe, 15 pounds a month or something....

    the other costs were pretty low, too -

    except for the fact that EVERYone in the house had to be air-lifted out, at different times, with severe cases of dysentery (or something fun and food/disease related...)

  30. bobby Feb 10, 2010 4:08 PM

    how can u move here if u are an American? Don't u need to be a citizen of THAT country?

  31. Nicole M Feb 11, 2010 4:45 AM

    There are plenty of places in the USA that are way nicer than the places you could rent at any of the places on this list for $500 USD or less. My apartment is a 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment for just over $500 USD and it was brand new when I first moved in. I am the first tenant. It has a full kitchen, washer and dryer, a balcony, dining area and free parking. Rent is $522/month USD without utilities and I was living off of $7.00/hr USD working at a restaurant when I first moved in. I am not in a huge city but the population is about 55,000 and there is little to no crime. I have satellite TV, high speed internet, central air conditioning. I doubt any of those places have all of that for $522 USD. I'm sure there are a ton of places in the US that will have rent for under or around $500 USD if you just do your research. Same rules apply, look for places away from huge metro-cities. We have loads of outdoor activities here too. Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Camping, Boating, Horseback Riding, Biking, etc. Not all places in the US are expensive and you don't have to live in a dump or an unsafe area either.

  32. adaber Feb 13, 2010 7:12 AM

    Canada is the one of the best palces to live in becasue we have a stable ecomonmy and we were not affectided that much by the recession, we also have huge cities

  33. Steve Feb 13, 2010 4:49 PM

    I lived in Costa Rica and Guumbesh for ten dollars a month....i lived on the streets and ate ants and moles for food...then washed in the toilet of the local tractor factory...easily done...and had money left over for the hookers too...

  34. Furd Feb 13, 2010 4:50 PM

    I love living in Eastern Moronovia...everything is free and the young gals love to play the game of the fried bannana.....i just got elected president...and now have my own tv show...its awesome.....

  35. Estaban Feb 13, 2010 4:53 PM

    The best place is in Sciowervsk in the new socialist republic of the Endives....Everything is three dollars.....and, I have my own estate and staff, plus a lincoln town car with driver....i am now running for the local town council...when i win, i will declare myself president, and take over the country.....Rock On...

  36. Krameerr Feb 13, 2010 4:55 PM

    Everyone should try the underbelly of the New York Subway System...lots of free living under there...even have electricity on a good day....yesterday i found a partly eaten tuna sandwich...and some half empty beer cans....and, i can shower once a month at the westside ymca, by showing them my aarp is righteous....

  37. Carmaine Feb 13, 2010 4:57 PM

    I live in Fogerville in the Appalachian mountain region.....we save costs by hooking up to other peoples electricity and cable....and helping ourselves to their food while they are at work....sometimes we can even take naps while they are gone, in their plush living rooms....i love the life wife will be joining me when shee gets released from jail....

  38. Mort Feb 13, 2010 5:01 PM

    I dont believe anything until i check it out for myself...i used to live in crocodile city in eastern tennessee....but was asked to leave by the locals...all because i was caught with my underpants on my head at the school dance...Dang those monitors....where should i go next...

  39. John Feb 14, 2010 1:17 AM

    Don't believe everything you read. I own a home in Costa Rica and it is far from cheap to live there. There is a 100% import tax on household goods, auto and anything else you bring into the country. The costs of goods is exactly twice the cost of the same in the US. While it is an amazing country don't expect to live "cheap" unless you plan to live on the beach and eat bananas.

  40. Jim T. Feb 14, 2010 10:10 AM

    Steve,Furd,Estaban,Krameer,Carmaine and Mort. It seems you are all the same little punk. What you wrote does not seem as funny now that you sobered up does it.

  41. Arthur Johnson Feb 15, 2010 10:27 AM

    Uganda is one cheap country in Africa.

    You can live on US$ 500 or less per month all included.

    For details:

  42. Arthur Johnson Feb 15, 2010 11:01 AM

    In Entebbe Uganda you get a nice hotel bed & breakfast US$ 648 per month.


  43. Tranker Feb 15, 2010 3:26 PM

    How can I move to these countries as a U.S. citizen? Can i simply just move there?

  44. Jimbo Feb 17, 2010 5:27 PM

    Hey Cozumel poster, that $300 / month sounds sweet for an apartment. I'm thinking of doing 3 or 6 months a year down that area. Had been looking at playa del carmen, but like the idea of Cozumel. Any pointers on how to find apartments (one bedroom) on the web?
    I'm ready to sell my equinox and run away from here!

  45. timboo Feb 18, 2010 4:48 PM

    live in the mountains, off the land by a lake, eat fish and wild life.A cave for your home. hides for cloths . won't cost much, but it may not be much fun lol.

  46. IainM Feb 20, 2010 5:57 PM

    The Philipinnes is the land of all f!!!! ups. Not my words but the words of a native and having been to the place I can only agree! Had items removed from my back pack at Mactan International. There is no peace from those trying to sell you stuff and prices triple when they see you coming! Left more stressed than when I arrived!

  47. Yep2Happy Feb 23, 2010 1:53 PM

    I'm American. I've lived out of the states for 5, almost 6 years now. At the moment I live in Costa Rica. I have to leave every 3 months to renew my visa, but you can do that easily. I agree that you have to do your research and be willing to leave some American things behind, but I'm living a great life. I've lived in the UK (WAY too expensive!). I've lived in China (Cheap but you get tired of being thought of as rich and being ripped off, but that happens almost any place with anyone looking different.) And no Costa Rica, which is not as cheap as China but has more "Americana"...hate that word... but has all the junk food and other things for anyone foreigner to be happy with. San Jose is a little dangerous, but places like Herida, Gracia, and coastal areas are safe and really beautiful. You just have to do it. I did and loving it. Lots of people retire here, so I guess it's not that difficult.

  48. tasyo Feb 23, 2010 10:46 PM

    living in philippines for $500 maybe in cebu in an apartment but not in davao possible but i guess without the american and european food but you can still enjoy some mcdees or kfc "P you could ask this guy

  49. Lothar Thiel Feb 23, 2010 11:46 PM

    Hello about
    i have stay 10 years there and its bad the country is nice but the people are not good and any where you have figting chikken the call it manok the start with making noice 4.30 in the morning special in the islands Cebu and Negros and Midanao its terible besite from that in whole philppines are in any place barking dogs who barking non stop Filipinos have no brain thats why the dont care about the barking dogs and chikken noice .You cant trust a Filipino how more nice the doing to you how more bad the will be later, i saw many foreigners who anding in the jail in Philppines in Philppines the put easy and fast foreigners in the jail even if you did nothing wrong if a filipina or filipino complains about you you go jail if filipinos not get what the want from the than the treat you with I GO TO THE IMMIGRATION and many the doing that and then the immigration go arest you or the local police many foreigners get beated to death in the philppines and kill .

    Vietnam was good 10 years ago only negative was and stil the women in vietnam likes only ugly man how more ugly the man how more beautiful the women so vietnam is not a country for handsome man the not welcome there , and its now a big problem to stay longer then 4 months in vietnam.

  50. mike Feb 26, 2010 1:42 PM

    its all realtive, ive seen people live in the philippines with less than 500 a month. the question is... do u wanna live like the locals or do u wanna live like a tourist ( king lol!).

    a case of local beer 24 bottles would cost 12-15 bucks. my canadian and british friends would say they're not good but it does the job i think.

    maids or helpers can be hired for 100-150 A MONTH. my friends in north america call it abuse. i call it market value. plus im a good boss. so my helpers are happy with me.

    going to the spa for an hour massage would cost u 25-30 dollars. my wife went twice a week when we were there. Just take it from here on how cheap it could get and this is in manila. The further u get away from the capital the cheaper it gets.

    safety...... its relatively safe. ive been there a few times and never had any safety concerns..there is a reason for that a cautious person. when you're in l.a. do u visit compton or the watts? when in new york or detroit... do u visit the projects ?? ? u gotta ge smart.

    bars on windows, metal doors, high walls are the norm in the philippines because like anywhere else poor....there are desperate people and desperate people do desperate things right....

    anyway, enough of my rant... let me leave you with this though.....

    think of any fantasy you may have......climb a volcano? go to an island can arrange all that in 48 hours in the Philippines. ive done it.

    ps i dont what lothar thiel is saying or where he went. doesn't soung like the philippines that i know.

  51. Jay Feb 26, 2010 3:11 PM

    when did you write this, 30 years ago? i have been to all these countries and your estimates are WAY off

  52. Ejm Feb 26, 2010 6:06 PM

    If anyone wants to live in a beautiful village in southern Poland near the city of Tarnów (and not too far from the Slovakian border and Kraków) in a shared house for only $300 per month (plus your fair share of electric, which isn't too much, please let me know. Non-smokers only and serious inquiries only.

  53. A.D. Feb 27, 2010 11:20 PM

    Lived in Manila for 3 months...cost of a high rise 24/7 security is about $200 a month for a one bedroom if you look around. People who say Manila is expensive hire maids and jsut spend their money stupidly. to get over 2 lbs. of your clothes washed is 50 cents!!!! a bottle of Gran Matador(domestic brandy) is $1.25 If you need maids and healthcare and drivers/shoppers than ya $100 sounds right but if you know how not to get ripped off then $500 a month is straight. Cost average $20 a month for temporary tourist visa a month. TO GET THE BEST DEALS YOU HAVE TO LOOK AROUND AND STAY AWAY FROM CONCENTRATIONS OF TOURISTS(MAKATI,MALATE,ETC)

  54. A.D. Feb 27, 2010 11:22 PM

    btw Im white American 23 y.o. and had dual citizen friends there...if you chase a young filipina there they most likely have a local b/f or another foreign bf thats sends them a couple hundred bucks a month...dont trust them girls :)

  55. abroad Feb 28, 2010 1:02 PM

    you guys are haters!! I have lived abroad for awhile now. Currently I am in Taiwan, a fairly developed country, and I could live here for $500 a month! If you want to live high on the hog, or at least cool enough to land the hotest locals, then you will pay more. If you are reasonable and willing not to live in the coolest part of town, then you would have no problem living for $500 in Thailand or the Philippines.

  56. omg Mar 2, 2010 6:39 PM

    geez ....seriously...why do people live abroad...because they r some nobodies or do not have enough money to live in tehir home countries...and than they are concerned about getting mugged...what about the daily muggings in New York or Berlin or London etcetc...and anyway...if you decide to live abroad no matter which respect and consideration for the same, because you are a guest and always will be a foreigner....if you want to bring your own culture or way of life stay home!!

  57. bucketlist Mar 5, 2010 9:58 AM

    what is the easiest place to live and cheapest. I mean i know i need visas but which county is not that strick on visa and also cheap to live

  58. Rob Mar 5, 2010 10:05 PM

    Costa Rica is not cheap...comparable to states.
    Sadly America is crumbling around us and the key to any of this is making the $ to live the dream. Working on inner peace while making the bucks.

  59. Will Maw Mar 6, 2010 5:32 AM

    Hi everyone, I'v paid off my mortgage on a house I could realistically rent out for around £380 - £400/month (GBP) ($575 - $600) and I want to try something else.

    Been a slave to the consumer attitude for too long and I've begun to downsize. Stopped shopping at Tesco's and other corporations. Buying second hand goods. Spending time with family is my main passtime. No new cars, no credit AT ALL. I feel better already but I want to see if me and my family can experience a year or so in another country and live a simple life.

    Is it possible or am I seeing rose tinted?

    I have wife and two young kids (4 and 3) and want to experience it for 12 months initially.

    Any advice appreciated.


  60. sam Mar 8, 2010 12:40 PM

    You can live in Thailand for USD 200 per month

  61. Luke Mar 8, 2010 7:43 PM

    I love reading these posts. I agree Costa Rica is much more expensive than Nicaragua, in particular. I just came back from Colombia where I think you could live in say the provincial capital Pasto for $750 a month. I paid $15 dollars a night for a nice hotel in a marginal part of town; clean, cable, hot water, restaurant. I am sure a month rate could be arranged. Also, I was just in Ecuador (same trip Feb / March 2010) and the town across from Ipiales I had a hotel for $7 with cable and hot water so $500 a month in a provincial city of 60k is 100% possible, although I think I would become an alcoholic there. Question for all: What about Venezuela? I know a little dangerous but with their currency de-vauled 50% in Jan 2010 what could an American live in Caracas for a month?

  62. kuya dave Mar 8, 2010 10:42 PM

    depending on province in the country you choose.
    such for me in philippines I could survive on 100usd a month if i truly wished.
    small meals small shack type home.
    electricity actually for fan fridge tv stereo and pc would range about 10bucks a month.
    1 meal could surprise you at 1dollar a person. maybe 50cents a person.
    you could live better in some ways but in some ways you can't.. I will be trying to save up to buy land in philippines thanks to my fiance & will build a home slowly & also build a squatters area where they will pay so much a month & pay there own electric or else I will pay the electric and limit there electric. have a internet cafe & do some fancy american cooking & sell it to the locals think of all sorts of stuff you could do. my cost to live there would range from 100-300 a month tops cause the first few months would be the most expensive for me to buy all i wish to have. & need to have such as aircon fans laptop & computers & furniture locally made. about 4000usd for my plan. more less. but in long run yes it would be cheaper then here in states. less on taxes etc. but i would have land & house here in states to provide my income... which would be 3/4 put into bank for savings & for insurance tax & maintenance while i would keep 300-500 for myself.

  63. Simon Mar 9, 2010 8:58 PM

    You should try VIETNAM i think cheaper than Thailand. Like everyone has said and in detail it depends on what you mean cheap but if your frugal then most in most place you can live quite cheap. In Thailand i have a few teacher friends and to live on $500 a month is no problem. Yes to live in the big cites not possible but to live near the coast just outside a big resort in a Thai apartment then can be very cheap but can even find some very cheap guest houses in the main resorts for long periods of time ie per month special rates. Local and street food is good and cheap but going out and beer costs are not really that cheap now and to be honest if you compare it to cheap pint of beer in the UK it can be more exspensive. Maybe at special price you can get a glass of draft beer for 45-50 Baht about 1 pound and a bottle many places is 70-120 Bht over 2 pounds you do the maths you can see some place in UK are cheaper ie Weatherspoons Pubs. But many other things are cheaper.Vietnam is very cheap accomodation food and local beer at 60 pence a large bottle. Allso a local meal ie Beef Luc Lac. Stir fried beef cubes with tomatoes, onions, bell peppers great flavour and plate of rice and a Saigon large green label beer all for about $2. When going for a meal many leave out the drink and alot of times this can be the same or half the price of a cheap meal so its an important cost to include that many people for get to add. And alot of times a soft drink is not much more in cost to a bottle water and many soft drinks are the same price a local beer. Watch out for these costs this is what puts the cost up and is many times forgotten.

  64. Mike Mar 10, 2010 7:34 AM

    Ok, now for something ironic. I’ve lived in Santa Monica, California for 16 years, a stone’s throw to the ocean and Arnold S’s mansion in Brentwood just up the hill. There’s a world famous yacht club, golf courses with green fees beyond my former yearly salary and the towns of Beverly Hills and Hollywood downwind from my sun-drying underwear.. So many professionals in every lucrative racket you can imagine. No wonder my meager $6,000/month salary kept me in the poorhouse in comparison.

    An eye opening thing occurred when I was laid off my work in September (last) from a reduction in workforce. A couple months passed before reality smacked me in the usual delayed fashion. It was apparent that there were no jobs to be had so we decided in favor of applying for government help. My wife was laid off 4 years earlier but I asked her not to bring shame and exploit the system that was intended for the truly destitute. I started to rationalize that since my large family had been contributing, many for over 75 years, even one ever filing a claim. We aren’t rich but we’re proud and independent. After the UI checks for $450/ week (gross) started rolling in, I looked into health coverage. Turns out we have the largest free clinic in the world on the way to my son’s pre-school, which we now do not have to pay anymore because our income was in the bracket where his schooling is free. We also got all of our utility bills reduced to at least 20%, now have WIC, for free Milk, Cheese , Cereal, vegetables, peanut butter, bread, etc…

    Since we qualified for WIC, we also were awarded an EBT (MasterCard) debit card worth about $550/month for groceries. Also receive free medical insurance through Medi-Cal though we probably won’t use it because we are just blocks from the world’s largest free health clinic, never knew it existed, it’s really a fully functioning hospital, staffed with all volunteer world class doctors performing alongside volunteer staff on patients of all kinds. They truly honor the Hippocratic oath.. Any complex procedures are performed by board certified physicians. Even expensive med and contacts are provided at no cost to the patient.

    Even our rent is protected from increase or immediate eviction due to some really strong rent control ordinances in this city. Fortunately for us, we found someone who wants to sublease one bedroom for the same amount we pay for the whole place, The cities year/year market increase has been in the 30% range but the owners can’t up our rent because it’s under rent control. We know people with the Pacific Ocean in their front yards who pay $500/rent for a 3BR 2BA apartment with a townhouse feel.

    Now back to my original thought, my wife, who loves everything Gucci, Prada, Coco Chanel, Louis Vuitton, etc… finds the best bargains ever. The other day, she picked up a Saks Fifth Avenue formal evening dress for spring. all 100% silk, for only $9, no flows, originally $698. She does this all the time. My job up-training tuition is also paid for by the gov’t, for up to 53 weeks because it qualifies under the DOL’s TAA program. For the first time in a accumulated 1500 years of giving to the gov’t with little ever coming directly back, I say I am a little astonished.

    And everyone knows about cars and the obligatory insurance is a budget killer but a necessity in Southern California. We have full coverage insurance for 2 vehicles at less than $100/month (2003 and 2005 VW But and Nissan Altima). We honestly do not need cars here in this part of Los Angeles, many have them only as status symbols. My whole point to this is that we’ve been living off basically just the $1.450/month UI (net) with leftover, of about $500/month right here in one of the most expensive areas in the USA. My theory is that the more excesses and opulence there is around, the more of that will make its way, eventually into the hands of the poor. Also, haven’t you ever noticed that sales and clearances at stores in affluent areas are much more generous than in medium or low income areas, I guess it’s because the owner has made his money with profit and now is just looking to dump the remaining product to make room for more, but I’m not complaining.

    Mike H- Santa Monica, CA (cheap as you want it to be)

  65. game plan Mar 11, 2010 2:23 PM

    I hear alot about philippines being a great place to live, but how is it for an african americans. Can anyone give me information about this subject.

  66. guest Mar 13, 2010 10:31 AM

    If you wish to live a life of luxury and be irrationally picky, then you certainly can't live on a $500 budget in the Philippines. But the great thing about the Philippines is that like its people, it is very diverse. There are tons of options for everybody depending on what you can afford and how much you are willing to pay. Say for example, in terms of transportation, cabs are everywhere. They're a bit costly and like everywhere else cabbies may sometimes rip you off, but it's convenient, eh? Flag down rate is at about P30 which is less than $1. Now, if you wish to save, take the jeepney. The minimum fare is P8 which is not even 20 American cents. Then if you're in a rush, there also are working lines of light rail transit trains. The minimum fare is P12 which is less than 20 American cents.

    Food and eating out, you can pay from as low as less than a dollar to something around $100. It all depends on your taste and that's what's great about the Philippines.

    As for safety, I have lived in Africa and parts of North America, and I can vouch for the fact that the Philippines is a relatively safe place to live in. Regardless of where you are, use a lot of common sense.

    Now, Filipinos are a mix of different races and ethnicities. Racism, if it exists, is hardly an issue. Some Filipinos who are of mixed African origin or African-American origin get teased as kids which is unfortunate but they are hardly discriminated against. If you're African American, there should be no worries about hostility or violence directed against you. Filipinos are more or less welcoming and hospitable.

  67. Me Mar 13, 2010 4:04 PM

    Lived in Thailand from 2006 to 2008, in Bangkok near BTS, you can live for $1500 per month minimum and by that I mean engaging in every form of entertainment you're there for anyway. What this article should say is that you can survive in relative comfort in Thailand for under less than $500, it's not living at all though. Foreign teacher's salary is $900 and up full time. I knew a lot of them there, if they earn anything less than $1700 a month they "live" only the first week after the payday, the rest of the month they "survive" till the payday, they never have any money, always ask for money to borrow :) Entrance to good nightclubs is $20 in Bangkok, it's no different from the West, but in general if you're not into entertainment food always better and can be at least 5 times cheaper

  68. nickoo Mar 13, 2010 9:25 PM

    the cheapest place ive been to is turkey,great country with friendly people

  69. James Mar 14, 2010 3:05 AM

    I am looking for a cheap, safe place to work and live any suggestions will be welcome.


  70. Guest Mar 14, 2010 4:07 PM

    I just returned from 2 yrs in Cambodia after 5 yrs in the Philippines. Cambodia can be very cheap if you are willing to live away from the larger cities. Even in Phnom Penh you can find studios for $30-50 and yes with squat toilets but clean and safe. In Svay Reing much cheaper. Large houses for $100 a month. Get a motobike if you want to live large but otherwise local motodops can be had for cheap. Be nice and courteous and you will fit in just fine. Plan to return in two months.

  71. Tony DS Mar 15, 2010 2:53 AM

    Sure all them place may be a lot cheaper to live at, but the article never mentions that most of those places are considered THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES, so if you're living in that place (not retiring to it), then you also have to keep in mind that while you won't spend much, you also wont get PAID much when you get a job to support your living there, since remember, most of those places (if not all but Costa Rica, which comes close), are third world countries. Sure the honeymoon and paradise will seem GREAT, for about a year, after which your money'll start running out, and your job will pay you a third world salary, and in NO TIME, you'll be living and looking as poor as the locals you see walking the streets. Maybe eventually your friends and family will come to visit you, and they wont be able to tell you apart from the beggars in the corners.
    But good luck with "Paradise"!!! LOL!!!!!

  72. TONY DS Mar 15, 2010 3:00 AM

    ..Oh, and dont forget that when you just show up, the locals will IMMEDIATELY pick up that you aren't from there and most likely barely know the language and the culture, and so the crooked ones will be after your ass like flies on turd to con you, steal from you, and assault you on every corner during your first months there. Itwould go like that WHEREVER you'd go, not just in those specific places, but poorer countries like those would be worse, since, being poorer countries, they are more desperate for money, especially quick money, which they could get from clueless, unguided "tourists", or anyone who would look like one, which, would be the description your "fresh meat" would fit, for them first couple of months.
    You'd be living paranoid and watching your back every minute, and not trusting most people around you.
    Where's the happiness in any of that. But at least it's "cheaper" right?
    Sorry, but in the end, there is just no such thing as "free" or "close to free"- in the end, everything costs a lot.

    -Not being negative, just sharing my experiences :)

  73. Tony DS Mar 15, 2010 3:12 AM

    KP: "$500"/month apartment in Newport Beach? Are those the "Transition" (aka "Rehab") homes they have for recovering addicts ??

  74. Luke Mar 15, 2010 6:11 AM

    Again, do any of you well traveled people have any information on the cost of living, as well as the safety situation, in Venezuela?

  75. sean Mar 15, 2010 6:50 PM

    i was in one of they countries for like 6 months or sumthin. i cant remember which one but it was the one with the wee chinese lookin fellows and the big sandy beach... Before i went i wis told that you could have sex 2 or 3 girls a day and that they really like scottish guyes cause we have bigger knobs than the chinkys and that u drink heaps for next to nothin but it wisnt as cheap as all that! I spent the £680 i took in the first 6 days and i had to take a loan from a wee chinky guy but when i added up what i paid him back it was heaps more than i borrowed to start no even sure it was the same guy i borrowed it from that i was payin the money back to..i think there was a few guyes commin round for money at one point....dodgey or what? Things were so expensive that i ended up havin to have sex with tourists for a few quid just so i could afford fags and beers and that.. so be warned its no all as good as people in the pub back home say it is take my advice and think before u just fcuk off to a foreighn place thinking everythins gonna be the same as at home with cheap hookers and good beer..cause its no as good as that...ill probably go back next year though

  76. Cris Mar 17, 2010 6:56 PM

    Actually.. some info maybe right... if u live normal you can get by for 500$ month.. Philippines in a great place to stay if you know people that you can trust so you can be safe...but if your new and your looking for adventure be wise in making decisions.. I think it's normal in any country that you visit there will always be danger and people trying to rob you with your money.. I was born in the philippines but I grew up in canada so it feels weird being there but I have relatives there still and people I know so when I visit other cities I do feel that I'm safe.. but because I'm around people that I trust its safe... I've brought my friends with me to to visit philippines and they loved it.. my girlfriend holly actually got married with a pinoy guy and they are now both living in the philippines she's loving the place... she's now fluent in tagalog so its easier for her to communicate... So if you do want to visit Philippines take time in learning the language first, research about the place you want to visit, so you can find better accomodations and cheaper too... and plus apply for an international license so you can drive there instead of hiring someone to drive for if you do want to venture on your own dress comfortably, don't flash too much gadgets and money coz if you do that then you will be an easy target. If it's your first time in the country try to stay in main cities.. when your familiar with the place and the people that's when you go to smaller cities.. try not to look like you don't know jack shit...[there are foreigners that lives in my city Tacloban that speaks tagalog and waray] and believe or not they act more filipino than the locals.. it's good to mingle with the locals too but you have to make sure not to offend them... If you just search the net there are actually good websites that can give you information about Philippines... oh yah... Try to stay away from Mindanao it's a little bit crazy right now.. stay in the mainland luzon [manila, ilocos and boracay] and visayas [cebu, tacloban, bohol] lay off palawan for now..

  77. Gabriela Mar 20, 2010 8:41 PM

    I live in Costa Rica. I paid for a rent for a house (2 bedrooms) in a middle class neighborhood in San Jose, 525 dollars per month + electricity, water, internet and food I need around 1100 dolars per month. I earn 1500$ which its a very good salary in CR and let me tell you I have a second job....because with 1500 $ I can not survive and I do not have a luxurious life. I have travelled a lot and to be honest if someone wants to live cheap should go to Asia. Latinamerica has gotten very expensive everywhere even Guatemala and Nicaragua. FYI Costa Rica is the second most expensive country in Latinamerica after Chile.
    Eastern european countries will not come to my mind for living. People in eastern europe is very racist. If someone wants to live in Europe I will choose Germany, UK, sunny Spain and Portugal but not the eastern european countries.

  78. WILLYWALLY Mar 21, 2010 2:55 AM

    Well, these places may appear as a great place to live, well at least until you get there.

    Low economic regions such as these are terribly dangerous. Above fails to mention that Phillipines for example, is the capital for kidnaping white people. So common these days it's no longer a big deal for tv networks.

  79. Bule Gila Mar 21, 2010 4:56 AM

    You forgot to mention Indonesia. I live in Indonesia and teach at an International school. My salary is $3000 USD a month, but I spend around 100 bucks for all my basics. I get a free house, but you can rent a decent house for 600 - 1000 USD a YEAR. I DONT live in Jakarta or Bali...

    You can live and live well for UNDER 350 USD a month, all in...

  80. Gabriela Mar 21, 2010 12:03 PM

    Speaking about Asia...Phillipines and Indonesia are the most dangerous countries in Asia. Jakarta will not come to mind at least for girls. When I was there 3 years ago, men seems to be very agressive with women....and it is the most dangerous place where I have been. Maybe because of the religion. I did not like Jakarta at all...If I want to live in city in Asia I will choose Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Hanoi, Unfortunately Singapore is too expensive. Other main cities like Jakarta maybe cheaper but too dangerous.
    Latinamerica it depends I think Belice and Costa Rica are not so dangerous but are not so cheap as stated here. Nicaragua it depends there is quite and nice places like Granada and Leon. Colombia Santa Marta, Barranquilla and Cartagena amazing places, cheap, nice people, good food and not dangerous.

  81. Gabriela Mar 21, 2010 12:15 PM

    for the person who wrote: South Africa @ $500 a month...South Africa is amazing I love it....but 500 $ a month I am sure you have NOT been there before...500 $ living in a slum.
    Some people should travel and visit some countries before writting comments...there are lots of people here that does not have any idea about who expensive is life in some countries that have been mentioned here. Just FYI life in some coutries in latinamerica can be more expensive and the standards of life can be much better than in some countries in Eastern Europe.

  82. Dorie Mar 21, 2010 9:48 PM

    Yes I would like to know if anyone lives or has lived on an island. Of course I would like to live very close to the water.I want to live the rest of my time enjoying the sun and water.I was reading about Margarita island just off the coast of Venezuela. It sounds wonderful. Any body have any information about this place or any other island. Not expensive ofcourse.. Thanks

  83. CUN Mar 21, 2010 10:06 PM

    I´m living in Cancun, Mexico and spend at least 750 usd a month, small apartment in good shape in downtown. Why I´m posting here is that it often gets difficult to plan expenses since living in a developing country you won't get away without some currupt payments or at least exaggerated penalties from police or something which start for some reason always at 100 bugs... (well that's another story..)
    Life in those countries is just not as well organized as is in EU or USA...
    Back to the rents: apartments next to the beach start at 1000 usd unfurnished and 45 mins from the beach you can find a 2 level house with shared pool at 200 usd that when it hasn't yet by the time converts into a ghetto...
    Sorry for nay mistakes, english not my first language

  84. big daddy Mar 22, 2010 4:27 AM

    bali and indonesia

  85. sima Mar 22, 2010 5:33 AM

    Cambodia is a good country

  86. gameplan Mar 22, 2010 9:57 AM

    Ok i just need a straight answere is the philippines a good place to live or not. Cebu city is where i am looking to live. someone give me some advise. i can spend about $200-400 us dollars for rent per month. can i find a place for this price

  87. Gabriela Mar 22, 2010 7:13 PM

    Phillippines...hmmm I think Manila is quite dangerous for white people...rural areas will be nice and much better.

  88. yoka Mar 23, 2010 12:21 AM

    I want to visit Cambodia " The Kingdom of Wonder".

  89. GUEST Mar 25, 2010 10:39 AM

    2-400 for a place is Cebu is a good start. it will probably get cheaper as you know your way around. Food 2-300 a month, utilities around 100. A 1000 and you are in good shape

  90. Richsplace Mar 25, 2010 8:36 PM

    So, living here according to the AD Words and advertising stuff and such, is just basically a LIE?

  91. Gary.. Mar 25, 2010 10:53 PM

    How can there be so many conflicting opinions on the value of living in Malaysia and for that matter most places folks?

  92. Robert Mar 26, 2010 3:35 PM

    Well I think you can live quite cheap in the Dominican Republic...I suppose its about the same as Thailand or Costa Rica....We live easily off 500USD everymonth. You can get a semi beach view western apartment for around 400 for a 2 bedroom. The rest for food money. Just watch out for places like cause they will blow your budget real quick. Literally!

  93. guest Mar 26, 2010 7:19 PM

    I really dont agree; with Costa Rica;

    It is so expensive; dangerous and everybody is trying to rip you off and steal and car jack at every corner...but the most important is that is NOT CHEAP AT is really expensive except food...but its getting to be high also...

  94. Howard Reyes Mar 28, 2010 12:03 AM

    Yes.. I agree with all not with PRICES... The other thing IS.. You american guys and girls.. whom passed the WHOLE LIFE push out all the immigrants you can... discrimination and racista.. now YOU RETIRED and want to live in peace in his COUNTRY.. what you suppost you get there... ??
    Go ahead and pay the price in the skin

  95. Guest Mar 29, 2010 10:30 AM

    All the countries are developed what about the developING?

  96. Soumen Mar 30, 2010 4:13 PM

    Oh yes.......developing countries.
    Goa,India is another option where you need to spend around $250-300 for a cool,comfortable stay.

  97. Gael Bangkok Mar 31, 2010 5:18 AM

    Hi, I live in a condo that I rent 500U$ per month and it's just great.

    And right now, if you plan to come to Bangkok, you probably can get even cheaper apartments with pools and gym in the residence...

  98. thai budget travel Apr 1, 2010 1:50 AM

    great info on thailand travel and living/vacationing on the cheap in thailand

  99. John Apr 2, 2010 12:15 AM

    Living cheaply is a state of mind. As others have suggested, you can live very cheaply in America if you know your locale like the back of your hand.

    But it is good advice to live in foreign places as you choose to live at home. Don't go from middle class to poverty, because you will be unhappy and you'll likely fail. A $10 room can be expensive when it has no windows and is hot, noisy, and filthy.

    But if you survive well on $500 in the US or Canada, you MIGHT manage the same in Costa Rica—although CR is going to be MORE expensive until you really know your way around. Even "volunteers" usually PAY for their "volunteer" positions! Not always, but usually.

    The comments here are good. The original article was irresponsible misinformation.

  100. homa Apr 2, 2010 5:32 AM

    Try the wilderness. Sell your house. Put cash in bank. Go to alaska and build a cabin in the hills hidden from society. Hunt for food. Live off land. Give people a wide birth. Be in touch with nature.
    Then some goverment official will find you from satelite photo then come and try and tax you or deport you.

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