Cut Your Living Expenses in Half for $20

One Andrew Jackson could be all it takes to get you on the path of living well for half what you’re spending now.

3D_png_transparent_250The paperback version of A Better Life for Half the Price is out now at Amazon. The list price is $21.95, but you can get it on the U.S. site for under twenty bucks right now. It’s also available on the UK site and other Amazon sites worldwide. The only glitchy one is Canada, where it says “Ships in one to two months.” Maybe they’re moving slowly in the arctic cold up there…

This has been out for a while as an e-book, along with some bonus packages that offer some more help for those who are really serious about moving to a cheaper place to live. Those are still available and are instant if you have an e-reader device you like.

There are some nice benefits to a paper book, however. It never runs out of batteries and you can loan it to whomever you want. This is a pretty fat one though—more than 300 pages—so you may want to read it curled up on the couch rather than when you’re packing light for a vacation by plane. That 3-D image to the right doesn’t do the spine justice.

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There’s a nice batch of early reviews on Amazon if you want to see what others who have read this cheap living abroad book have to say. Then here are some of the reviews that have come out on other websites and blogs.

His take on expat living isn’t his alone, but rather the shared stories of over 50 different interviewees from countries all over the globe, living in countries worldwide. The angle Tim takes offers many and varied perspectives, all of which ensure that the information is fresh and first-hand, even for those of us no longer in need of convincing.
– Jonathon Engels, Transitions Abroad

In the book, he interviews more than 50 expats living a variety of lives abroad in 25 countries. Through these personal experiences, he demonstrates how to live an extravagant life for less than $2000/month (often much less).
– Nora Dunn, The Professional Hobo

If you are an armchair reader who is on the fence about moving abroad, this is a publication that will push you over the edge and into the life that we live on a daily basis.
– Tim Anderson, Marginal Boundaries

Even if you get no further than thinking about a move to a more fiscally hospitable climate, this is a fascinating read because it has a conversational tone, people who’ve made the moves speak with candor, Leffel doesn’t own a pair of rose-tinted spectacles, the information is detailed and the links to websites are practical.
– Graham Reid,

Many books about living internationally are more about real estate promotion than they are impartial and unbiased guides. A Better Life for Half the Price is not. It is also not specific to one area and includes comments and feedback from over 50 expatriates who have halved their monthly expenses. The expatriates share their stories of how they live and how they have accomplished their lifestyle. They do not sugar-coat their experiences. They explain the challenges they have faced as well as the solutions.
– John Dwyer, Over 50 and Overseas

His new book is full of detailed guidance on how you, too, could save a LOT of cash by relocating to a less expensive international destination. The new book is $22 but could save you $$$ if these topics interest you.
– Scott Fox, Click Millionaires

If you want the absolute lowdown on where in the world you can live your best life on your own terms, then Tim’s book is for you. He’s carefully researched and broken down the key countries in the world that you can live well in and provided great examples and stories from those who’ve designed their lifestyle by where they’ve chosen to live.
– Natalie Sisson, The Suitcase Entrepreneur

It’s not a quick read, but it’s entertaining and eye-opening. If you have any interest in living abroad, your eyes will be stuck to this book, imagining all the possibilities while learning about the lifestyle and all the advantages and disadvantages of living in various countries.
– Ryan at Jets Like Taxis

There are more of them out there if you do a Google search, but this should give you an inkling of what others think of it so far. If you are tired of your expenses equaling or exceeding your income or revenue, this may be the best 20 bucks you’ve ever spent.

See more here: Expat Stories.

  1. Dean

    If life is so cheap then why do you need to produce books like this? You are a self-defeating person if you must try to profit in this manner. Why are you trying to ruin the paradise of a few in the know just for material gain? I am so sick of [deleted] like you trying to ‘pave paradise and put up a parking lot’ let people figure it out for themselves and the ‘secret locations’ will survive a little longer.

    • gary

      Is it me, or do I sense that the tenor of some the comments lately are a bit, ummm, negative?

      I would think that the book attempts to enlighten the reader to look beyond their nose, perform some serious soul searching and to inventory what would make them happy given her/his situation. I don’t see how it exploits the destinations other than positioning them as reasonable life alternatives, especially for those of limited means.

      Just sayin’


      • Tim Leffel

        Most of the negative comments are from the same person Gary. Someone whose life is not going very well apparently and he’s venting at the world. I’m leaving them for now though as it’s probably his form of therapy and he won’t pay for a real psychiatrist.

    • Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)

      What is your problem? Firstly most people will never take the leap into the unknown. Just take all the people you know, how many have a passport? Then how many have spent more than 10 days outside the country?

      You’ll find that very few people have done that.

      That is just about as many people that would actually do it without Tim’s valuable information.

      I sense a few things –

      1) Being you are one of these expats who likes to talk negatively about Americans in America and US society. You like patting yourself on the back that you made the move most won’t make and are constantly worried about somebody finding out your secret or getting the courage to make the decisions you made.

      2) Lashing out at people trying to generate income the best way they know how. Tim is a writer by trade, so naturally you write about things you know. This is one of the things he knows, so why not share that?

      People are always complaining when somebody offers advice up for free, but then charges for it later. Well the truth is Tim has written several books about this very subject but just hasn’t been specific on focusing on the success stories he features in this particular book.

      I have no problem with hum selling a book full of information that cost him money to gather, he is just recouping some of the cost of writing the book in the first place.

      As Richard Pryor once said “Have a coke and a smile and STUF”

  2. Jasmine

    This book looks interesting, as a new comer to the nomadic/serial expat i find i tend to move where i know i can find a short contract that pays well – although am starting to realise this is counter productive due to the high cost of living i am also needing to pay while living.. This book looks helpful to my current lifestyle

  3. Joyce

    As someone who bought this book and is planning a move because of it now, I want to say thanks for the wealth of information and the clear-eyed advice without the hype. Don’t listen to the haters Tim! If nobody wants something like this, they don’t have to buy it.

  4. Joaquin Closet

    I’ve been an expat now for 10 years, have lived in several countries in Europe, as well as Thailand, Malaysia, Peru and Chile. “Cheap” is how you want to make it. Ironically (and the real reason I’m writing this) is that I bumped into someone from Indiana who happened to have Tim’s book with him – I was in Lecce, Italy at the time. We got to talking, and the guy asked me a ton of questions about the expat life. He said that he wanted to try it, but was still smarting from renegotiating (extending) his mortgage back home.

    And everything went downhill after that – I think he looked at me and said to himself, “This guy made different choices than I have. I think I’ll lash out.” And he did. After you come to the realization that only 9% of Americans have EVER traveled outside the U.S. and less than 30% over the age of 18 even have a passport, then you come to the realization that our consumer society and our isolationist attitudes toward others has kept us from being the “exceptional” country that our politicians purport us to be.

    Ironically, you can’t appreciate any of what we have until you see how the other 95% live (that’s right, the U.S. only has 5% of the world’s people, along with 50% of the world’s cardiac and cancer cases) – and that’s a shame. But getting back to “cheap” – one has to take a full-long look at his or her lifestyle, values, goals, objectives – whatever makes you “you,” and decide that taking an economy train ride for 12 euro from Bologna to Venice for the day is better than putting in that $35K pool you so desperately need, or walking the back paths on Crete with the one you love is better than getting that Jet Ski your kids absolutely have to have.

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