Ready to Cut Your Living Expenses in Half?


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$1,800 for two is “extravagant” here…

Are you happy with your finances? Are you content with how much you’re paying for your basic expenses each month? Does the future look cheery and bright where you are in the USA, Canada, the UK, or Australia?

I’ve been dropping hints and asking for sign-ups all year for my latest book, A Better Life for Half the Price, and now it’s here. It’s filled with stories from expats who have made the leap and are living large—or at least not going broke—in some of the cheapest places to live in the world.

I’m one of them myself, of course, kicking back in the highlands of central Mexico and enjoying a gorgeous climate. I’m also enjoying having twice as much money to work with as I had before, without having to work more hours to increase my earnings. If you want to see my view, my dining room, and our cool Mexican kitchen (plus my $15 electric bill), here’s a video for you.


There are plenty of other places on this big planet where you can do the same though. I interviewed couples easily coasting on $1,500 a month or living extravagantly for less than $2,000. You can find shoestring backpackers getting by in Chiang Mai, Thailand for $500 a month, but those who are spending more than $1,000 are often having the times of their lives. I spoke with singles, couples, and families who cut their expenses in half (or more) as soon as they got set up in such diverse locations as Argentina, Portugal, India, and Vietnam.

If you’re curious about how this would all work, pick up the e-book and see.

4 Additional Reports from Experts:
Besides this e-book, which is the paperback equivalent of 300 pages of great info, you’ll also get some worksheets from me on choosing your ideal spot, plus these special reports:

The Best Tools for Mobile Workers by Natalie Sisson of The Suitcase Entrepreneur
Negotiation for Expats by T.W. Anderson, author of The Expat Guidebook and editor of Marginal Boundaries
How to Get Free Accommodation (when you’re scoping out your ideal spots) by Nora Dunn of The Professional Hobo
Getting Started With Working Online by Christine Gilbert of Almost Fearless

If you’re committed to ditching your high-priced life and finding a better way, there’s a package with all that plus webinars, audio interviews, and a private Facebook group for sharing answers and ideas.

If you’re ready to go all-in, you can avoid all the pitfalls and really do it right with all of the above plus live online sessions and one-on-one coaching from me.

See the options here

This book has been in process since 2013 and to give you an idea of how robust it is, when it comes out in paperback form at the end of the year it will be more than 300 pages. It’s filled with expat stories, details on important things like visas and costs, and lots of resources to turn to for more depth.

To get the full scoop and decide this is something you’d like to pursue, see some tales from the expats here.

  1. Jessica

    I got my copy today and am drinking in all the info. It’s a lot to process, but it’s clear I’m spending way too much for not nearly enough fun. The funny thing is, I have a laptop job I could do from anywhere, so I’m not sure why I am paying $1,800 a month in rent to be where I am now. Thanks for making me think.

  2. Jerome

    I hate reading on a screen. Are you putting out a paper version too?

    • Tim Leffel

      Yes, in December. Watch for announcements in a few months or join the newsletter list (link at the top of this page) for regular updates.

      • Anthony

        I will pick up the book soon –

        I am going to assume you have tile floors. You might want to use a lav mic like the Rode.

        By cutting down on the distance between you and the mic, will lessen the hollow sound caused by tile floors.

        • Tim Leffel

          Yes Anthony, you’re right. It’s always a matter of choosing between “do the video with what I have on hand and get it out” or “in six months I’ll pick up a fancy USB mic and better digicam on a trip back to the USA to improve the quality.” I know 10K people won’t see it, so for now I’m going with the former. Better later!

  3. Anthony

    LOL, yes use what you got. I was just saying for future reference.

  4. Tim

    Such insane value for your money here in Mexico … I’m currently in D.F. and the weather is just perfect for August, compared to the sticky heat of the continental US

  5. Frank

    ‘Does the future look cheery and bright where you are in the USA, Canada, the UK, or Australia?”
    So true. The perpetual rat race and at the mercy of big business, monopolies, and government. Most Canadians just don’t get how darn expensive Canada is – 15% sales taxes, 35% income taxes (oh, and the sales taxes of course on what you have left over after those income taxes), “monopolies’ on cable/wireless and transport, provincial alcohol boards….
    We were fed up and needed a change. The last 2 months have been spent in Prague where we have more than halved our costs. We are living well on $2000/mo. The biggest savings being on things like food, alcohol, wireless (we bought a $10 Sim card when getting here and it’ll get us through our 3 months). Transportation better than in Canada and also about half the cost.

    We love Canada. But financially it doesn’t make sense IF you have the option of working from abroad where you can save money while at the same time travel and experience other cultures. And sometimes I just don’t think other people get it…
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Tim Leffel

      Thanks for sharing your experience Frank. And I don’t even have Prague in the book because it’s more expensive than other parts of Eastern Europe. But as you show, you can easily live for half price there too. Then when you head outside the city, it’s much cheaper. Get down to Moravia–I did a bike tour around there and it was gorgeous.

      • Frank

        Thanks Tim – yes, this was our first foray into Eastern Europe and we’ll explore more. Have heard good things about Romania, Bulgaria, and Macedonia. And we’re heading down to Moravia next week – Telc, Olomouc, Brno. We’re told, even by Czechs here in Prague, that the people out there very friendly.

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