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You just couldn’t live like a minimalist anymore

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2 hours ago, bkkcanuck8 said:

I don't think you need to be that frugal, currently just outside of Bangkok I live in a 3 floor townhouse (14,000 baht), my electricity ranges from (4,000 to 6,000 most months), Internet (1,100 baht), probably food and liquids (maybe 6,000 to 9,000; I could easily keep it at 6,000), phone (100 or so baht).... probably average around 28,000 baht.  (this year has been more expensive because I wanted to replace all my computer equipment/servers etc... but then I had not done that in about 8 years... 150,000 baht over the year ... but that will last me a good 7 years at least...

 

So basically 28,000 baht / month without feeling I am being too frugal (I have much more money a month to spend, but I don't feel there is much I want to spend it on)...

 

I am moving next month to Khon Kaen, 10,000 baht a month house [gated community] (smaller, I like smaller... I grew up in a house that is easily 5 times the size of the 3 floor townhouse I am in now), probably electricity will be less since it is a few degrees cooler at night... so even that will drop. 

 

It would of course be more if you constantly craved western food, wanted the temporary company at night etc.  but for regular living... easily doable.

Did u say electricity was 4,000 to 6,000 average per mnth??

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4 hours ago, BritManToo said:

Thai wife/gf still expects to be paid though.

My gf charges me 10k/month (that includes the house electricity and my 8yos food).

OK, I know, I'm the only one that has to pay a woman to live with him, yours are all different.

Is the gf the mother of your child or are you supporting her and her own lad? I ask this because most guys I know regard their Thai wife as a partner and not a liability like a car that needs maintenance and can be traded in anytime for a newer model. 

Some relationships involve a small detail called love or mutual respect and dependency. In my case, I  pay the bills and my wife and sister look after me 24/7/365. They do the housework, maintain the property, my wife does most of the shopping. This relationship has only been going on for the last 19 years, so there's still a chance of a problem.  Boredom doesn't even enter my mind, there's always something to do. Fortunately, like many, I live in rural Thailand where the people are mostly friendly and accepting. Rural life is not for everyone and that's how it should be IMO.

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I was just thinking of Pattaya and the Nirun apartments i think there around 4k a month?

cant believe the price of electricity!!

 

now a minimalist wont have air conditioning!😁

 

and because the Australian dollar is so low,maybe Phillipines 

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8 hours ago, georgegeorgia said:

Can you still live on that amount now?

 

Obviously not in Pattaya,impossible!

 

But what about in say Chiang mai or Udon Thani ?

I can live like you describe the way he does on 15,000 bht a month easily enough but as you say not in Pattaya but not so sure about that if you have a wife.

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12 minutes ago, georgegeorgia said:

I was just thinking of Pattaya and the Nirun apartments i think there around 4k a month?

cant believe the price of electricity!!

 

now a minimalist wont have air conditioning!😁

 

and because the Australian dollar is so low,maybe Phillipines 

I think you don't know what a minimalist is, it got nothing to do with luxury neither AC or Fan, neither prices. Perhaps watch the documentary, it's nice.
It is mainly about living a simple and efficient life, having limited personal belongings. Nothing else, could live in a nearly empty palace or even own a yacht
(i had a 4BR house with swimming pool while being alone with 1 backpack).

Otherwise you are most likely talking about Cheap Charlies hehe, they have things in common but it is not the same.

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$860 a fortnight Australia aged pension, $1720 per month currently @ 20.90 thai baht

 

is ....35954,so about 36,000 baht 

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14 minutes ago, georgegeorgia said:

I wonder how the foreign teachers live on 40k a month?

carefully

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Another topic that has all the figures wrong. If this man the OP is mentioning had 35K baht in pension more than 10 years ago, he was in the elite class of pensions. Thoose that are that today can still live like same.
 

Get back to the desk and create a topic that has some kind of foundation in reality.

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21 minutes ago, georgegeorgia said:

I wonder how the foreign teachers live on 40k a month?

How could you not? Basic costs can easily be under 15K, visa and wp are taking care of, often cheap good food at schools, motorbike one time 15K purchase.
Leaves one with a really nice budget to even go mongering a few times a week.

In comparison: the average Spaniard, Italian etc. lives on less than that in Europe.

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2 minutes ago, Matzzon said:

Another topic that has all the figures wrong. If this man the OP is mentioning had 35K baht in pension more than 10 years ago, he was in the elite class of pensions. Thoose that are that today can still live like same.
 

Get back to the desk and create a topic that has some kind of foundation in reality.

I thought the same, but if you factor in the exchange rate at the time, the A$ getting more than 30 baht, the figures sound about right.

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4 minutes ago, georgegeorgia said:

860 a fortnight Australia aged pension, $1720 per month currently @ 20.90 thai baht

Not everyone gets this much. If I got that much, I would be saving money now. 

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6 hours ago, White Christmas13 said:

well i get 1060 per fortnight but it includes rent assistant

But rent assist only applies when renting back in Oz. I believe when you leave Australia it cuts out after 6 wks.. Otherwise heaps of back pay to the govt on your return.. 

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Just now, owenm said:

But rent assist only applies when renting back in Oz. I believe when you leave Australia it cuts out after 6 wks.. Otherwise heaps of back pay to the govt on your return.. 

Your passport is linked at Immigration. Cut off is now automatically done to Centerlink. No need to report.

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7 hours ago, BritManToo said:

Easily if I dumped the gf and kids.

Almost all my spending (40k) goes on them.

Has your girlfriend moved back in with you , or do you mean the mother in law ?

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