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    Food for thought: The average household income in the United States is 50K a year (where I live its closer to 40K).

    Take away taxes, and the average household needs to be able to live on ~35K a year. And this assumes zero savings for anything.

    I live how I live by choice, but most people do it out of necessity. It is very possible to live extremely comfortable on 35K, but it all depends on what you value. If what you value is a new car every 3 years, starbucks every day, eating out every meal, etc. then I suppose 35K seems very hard.

    But on a global scale 35K is really a shit ton of money and if you can't be comfortable on it (especially without kids) then my opinion is you should consider reorienting your perspective and what you value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze View Post
    No car payment. That's a poor investment. I do own three vehicles though. But yes includes everything we spend money on. We actually spend less than that. More like $2500. We eat well, live in a good neighborhood, don't really go out too much though (not much time for it). Includes a couple short vacations a year.

    We don't live in New York or LA, obviously. Numbeo says our cost of living is comparable to the cost of living in a place like Dallas, TX. That sounds about right...
    I am from southern California and I can assure you, that amount of money wouldn't last long there. Texas and the southern states has some of the lowest costs of living in the US. I have always known I could live in the south much cheaper than the western states. Do I want to live in the south? Not really, but each to his own. Living in Thailand allows me to have a quality of life that I couldn't have anywhere in the US. My house is paid for, water bill is about 1000 THB/month, electric between 1400-2000 THB/month, food 6000 THB/month, fuel 4000 THB/month and private school 34000 THB/term. We are paying on a new car which is our only rotating credit debt. Tell me what state would have that low of cost for the same quality of life, and then I might think about moving.

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    Who said you should think about moving? Certainly not me. I think if you are able to have a good quality of life for that price, that's fantastic. And 34000 Baht for school fees does change the number a good bit doesn't it?

    And yes, as I noted California and New York are certainly different animals all together

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo View Post
    Everywhere's shit really
    Pehaps 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea if you were say..........................the fish.

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    Looking forward to get back the the low cost living of Mandalay.Is it just me or has the UK become more expensive over the last 2 years?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze View Post
    But on a global scale 35K is really a shit ton of money and if you can't be comfortable on it (especially without kids) then my opinion is you should consider reorienting your perspective and what you value.
    I couldn't live here on 35k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles
    I couldn't live here on 35k.
    You couldn't live in Thailand on 35k US? That's over 100k baht a month...

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles
    I couldn't live here on 35k.
    You couldn't live in Thailand on 35k US? That's over 100k baht a month...
    Yeah and ?

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    And nothing. It was a question and you answered it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze View Post
    And nothing. It was a question and you answered it.

    Did I ?

    Glad we put that to bed then.

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    Me too, you fucking weirdo

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    Follow up question: Living in Pattaya, what percentage of 100k a month can one expect to go to living expenses versus prostitutes? Ballpark, I mean...

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    Gave up on bars and whores a few years back so for me that 100k would 100% go on living expenses.

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    ^ Ballpark in Thailand?

    Soccer yea sure. Hmmm, Now that I think of it I'm certain there will be a few sliding home tonight in Pattaya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    Gave up on bars and whores a few years back
    And you live in Pattaya?

    Seems a bit like getting a condo on a golf course development so that you can play ludo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    Gave up on bars and whores a few years back
    And you live in Pattaya?

    Seems a bit like getting a condo on a golf course development so that you can play ludo.
    It may come as a surprise but not every foreigner living in Pattaya are here for the seedier side of the place, in my instance it is due to the proximity of my place of employment (Laem Chabang) and the abundance of western amenities here.

    Technically I live in NongPrue and the only reason to venture into Pattaya is shopping at foodland or Makro.
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    let me explain simply 100MB != 1GB RAM

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    So you spend 100k a month and are still working for money? To each their own man, hope you love your job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze View Post
    So you spend 100k a month and are still working for money? To each their own man, hope you love your job.

    Yeah most that aren't retired or running their own business out here typically work for someone else.

    Your point is ?

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    My point is at that rate of spend, you probably are going to working for a very long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze View Post
    My point is at that rate of spend, you probably are going to working for a very long time.
    My rate of spend is greater than 100k a month but well less than the salary that is supporting it, thanks for your concern though.

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    You're the one who threw it out there, seems as if you've let that little tidbit slip your mind. I'm commenting on it. It interests me, no concern just interest.

    Plus you seem like a pretty big dickhead, so even if I was inclined to be concerned your comments would leave me less inclined, generally speaking

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze View Post
    You're the one who threw it out there, seems as if you've let that little tidbit slip your mind. I'm commenting on it. It interests me, no concern just interest.

    Plus you seem like a pretty big dickhead, so even if I was inclined to be concerned your comments would leave me less inclined, generally speaking
    No you are the one passing comment on my financial situation, one that you have zero insight into so I suggest for the future you only comment on what you have actual knowledge off instead of making yourself look like a complete fuckwit.

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    ^ It's not redhaze who looks like the fuckwit in this little altercation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Passing Through View Post
    ^ It's not redhaze who looks like the fuckwit in this little altercation.
    Ohh so the person on the expat salary is the fuckwit and not the person who is butthurt cause of the expats spendings.


    You should ease up on licking them bus windows matey !!

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    Interested in what expenses you could possibly spend 100kb + on per month.

    A genuine question not poking the borax.

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