Some places you'll save quite a bit are housing - you can get really nice places for your money whether you rent or buy. And if stick with something simple you can save quite a lot. Fresh fruits and vegetables are very cheap. Where you run into high prices with food is imported items from the U.S. and Europe.
A couple can live comfortably on under $2,000 a month, including housing and a car. If you rely on public transport you can save even more because gas is expensive.
Labor is also very cheap. So you can have a maid and gardener for between $2 and $4 an hour.
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