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    https://teakdoor.com/living-in-thail...ml#post3860212 ("Living Like a Thai")






    Average around 85k p/m not inc. housing/schooling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Clear as mud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    Hahahahahaha, yep I should bought a small 4cyl shitter and beat on it, instead Iam driving my pickup but ive done suspension in it more orientated to motorway cruising than load carrying........... If I need to carry a load it only takes 30 mins to swap back in the heavier rear leaf springs and wind up the dampers to a firmer setting.
    I saw a Swift for sale the other day was 210k bht ( Definitely negotiable). Was pretty new. Looked like a Repo. I thought, Shit man. I outta buy it and trash it. Easy to park, good on gas and don't care about door dings and side mirror removals by scooters. I do not carry anything but I could always strap it to the roof...

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    ^^ I'm shy about my daily pedicure addiction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    II do not carry anything but I could always strap it to the roof...
    Hahahahaha, done that before.... wound down the windows and strapped a queen size bed to the roof of me old lancer.... had to climb in the window to drive home !!

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    All this just reminds me that I've got to get around to refreshing our budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    All this just reminds me that I've got to get around to refreshing our budget.
    before or after you buy another Mr. Bean style car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    Clear as mud.




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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW
    before or after you buy another Mr. Bean style car?
    After of course.

    There ain't no budgeting for that shit.

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    I know that our expenses have roughly halved since moving from Bangkok to rural Ubon. Our regular monthly costs are under 30,000 baht, plus irregular stuff such as visa costs or trips away.
    House rent is 1500 (special deal through family)
    True tv and internet 960
    electricity around 550/600
    Town water 60, bottled water approx 250
    fuel for our scooter 100, plus maybe 500 if we borrow SiL’s pickup
    10,000 to the missus, for her somtam, flowers for Buddha, food for the monks, her phone, veggies at the market, etc
    No bars here, so any drinking is done at home or with family, or a few beers when we eat out at a local restaurant...perhaps 1000 baht/month ?
    Groceries at the mini-Tesco would be around 5000 plus a bit more at other local shops, and a bit of a splurge on western food items at Makro or Big C if we go into the city, so around 8000 baht.

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    I come in at 70K baht or so per month on the household (that is a pretty accurate figure). Missus, me, 18 year old son and three cats in a rented house, just outside Bangkok.

    I think I have posted before, one of the smartest things I ever did was to make the missus write down in a book every single thing we spent money on (even if it is only 100 or 200 baht). Ended years of wrangling over money almost overnight. Now she complains about how much we spend, and how much everything costs. Music to my ears. 555

    Biggest single expense is the boy. Couple of hundred baht per day, couple of thousand on the weekend, plus tuition, guitar lessons etc. Going to get hammered in a month or so when he starts Uni, not only the tuition fees and a new wardrobe for Uni, but he has also hit me up for a new phone and computer. Good kid though, so not a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    I think I have posted before, one of the smartest things I ever did was to make the missus write down in a book every single thing we spent money on (even if it is only 100 or 200 baht).
    Did the same exercise when I realised we were basically just cruising along without too much of an idea.

    Well worth it. Fallen back into bad old habits a bit though hence the need to update but the starting point will be a lot clearer and we'd still be within 90% or so of what's set out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post


    Thank the gods for the dwarf allowance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post


    Thank the gods for the dwarf allowance.
    Am curious as to the coolant useage listed right before the dwarf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    one of the smartest things I ever did was to make the missus write down in a book every single thing we spent money on (even if it is only 100 or 200 baht).
    I use a tracking App on me blower. Became second nature to tap it in after buying/paying for something. Interesting to see what goes where.


    MM doesn't track her finances, as it would suggest that me doing so is a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Now she complains about how much we spend, and how much everything costs.
    My wife has been on this from the beginning. Has paid dividends long term. However, its funny how what I buy sometimes is questioned and never anything she buys. Her rational is. I buy it for us.... Made me laugh at that one as I do not use lotion, make up clean off pads and other special things.

    When I was home for 9 days, The Kerry driver came buy almost every day. I got tired of walking over to the gate to get her stuff. I told my wife, Just give the guy a gate opener.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper View Post
    ^ Would very much like to see a break down of what you’re spending 112,000 baht a month on.
    PEAS ... when the pods a rocking, don't bother knocking


    Our Actual Cost Of Living in Thailand-source-gif

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    jesus, 100K a month, how do you guys do it

    I was on 350K THB expenses a month when I lived in Thailand, and I felt I was struggling

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    one of the smartest things I ever did was to make the missus write down in a book every single thing we spent money on


    Fuck me, what a relationship, are you over 80?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    The Kerry driver came buy almost every day
    Worse than live in gardeners those blokes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    I was on 350K THB expenses a month when I lived in Thailand, and I felt I was struggling
    It turns out that the last poster here to make such claims actually needed a loan from another member to get home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    It turns out that the last poster here to make such claims actually needed a loan from another member to get home.
    who was it?

    thank god, I am back home safe. 350K THB doesn't buy much of a lifestyle in Bangkok anymore

    I can get better shit for 300K THB in expenses in Europe, and that's hard to believe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly
    jesus, 100K a month, how do you guys do it

    I was on 350K THB expenses a month when I lived in Thailand, and I felt I was struggling
    But not everyone is gonna have "Ladyboys" as a daily expense.

    And seriously, if you felt like you were struggling on that then you must have some seriously poor budgeting and finance skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    But not everyone is gonna have "Ladyboys" as a daily expense.
    those were usually free

    but the drinks weren't

    going out in Bangkok full blast was getting expensive,

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    We get through 150-180k a month leading a typical middle-class lifestyle.

    Mortgage
    2 decent motors (1 paid/other couple of years to go)
    Few kids in school
    Live-in nanny
    Holidays and weekend getaways
    A couple of higher-end restaurants/5*hotel buffets per month
    Obviously kids activities, toys and clothes
    All the other stuff that goes with family life.

    We are not extravagant, but if you took the kids out of the equation, then I reckon we could halve our expenditures.

    --EDIT--

    Was gonna call BS on Dragonfly struggling on 350k per month, but what's the point?
    Last edited by Bogon; 08-03-2020 at 04:50 PM.
    Black diamonds? I shit 'em.

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