Tips to save money as expat in Taiwan?
You can survive a long time eating sweet potatoes from 711
Move to Thailand?
Don’t get married
how much does it cost?
Pork buns are between 10-15 not even cheaper in new Taipei sometimes
I used to survive on these but I was pretty hungry
- Buy your groceries at wet/dusk markets.
- Buy a Uber Eats membership – they often have very nice promotions (20-30% off of your entire bill). Use them on stores and restaurants that don’t hike up their in-store prices on the platform (e.g. PX Mart).
- Walk or bike everywhere.
Live with your parents
Get a roommate
You could also look for a rich cougar to be your sugar momma
And If you say “why not a sugar daddy?” Just consider that in 2020 there were about 98 men for every 100 women.
Trade English lessons for food.
Move to the countryside. Become an insufferable cad.
I never heard the term “cad” before. Is that British slang?
I read it in a book, once. All the last century '20s kids were saying it.
Sleep in a tent and shower at the gym.
Stop eating, drinking, and traveling. Life a hermit’s life.
That will save a sheetload of money.
Could also shower in the tent. It will keep your tent from smelling and keep clothes clean. Just buy a shower head and use any of the numerous available hoses outside buildings for the water.
Or, save on tent costs by sleeping in the rain
If the rain here does indeed cause baldness, this can also save on haircuts!
Sleep at Taipei main station and take the bus to Costco for the free food samples (Costco Xizhi don’t check membership anymore). Shower at the $50 per hour gyms, and wash your clothes by hand in a bathroom sink.
Stay in Nicaragua.
This is the winner.
If my wife ever tires of my bullshite, this is the plan.