Minimizing Costs, Living Cheaply
ThailandGuru receives a lot of inquiries by people who wish to live cheaply.
During the first few years of my stay here, I lived luxuriously, when good consulting work was abundant. All that changed around the 1997 crash, and when I hit rock bottom around the year 2000 (when savings had dwindled to the dangerous level) I learned to live almost as cheaply as any expat ever has here. I've rebounded since then, but my experiences for about a year certainly qualify me to preach what I've practiced.
How much do you need to live? Add it up yourself:
Rent: ________ Such a wide range here in peoples' preferences, from a one-room room in a Thai apartment block for 3500 baht to 250,000 baht for a large house with a big yard in a nice neighborhood, but most expats I know take a highrise condo in the 50,000 to 80,000 baht range
Electricity: (costs can be much less if you stay there only at night)
If you live in a house, make sure there is insulation in the ceiling.
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