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Both Cuenca and Granada are beautiful and authentic Spanish colonial cities, founded in the 1500s. In both cases the cost of living is about as low as you'll find anywhere. You can get by frugally on much less than $1,200 per month. In fact, it's possible to live in both of these interesting cities on a budget of as little as $800 or $900 per month. For a more comfortable lifestyle by North American standards, estimate around $1,500 a month or so... living in either Nicaragua or Ecuador, you'd also enjoy low levels of government intrusion, low taxes, and few rules and regulations.

I'm starting to think about living abroad again. My monthly pension payout from AT&T is just over $1,000. If I could find a place I really liked where I could live -- and live well -- on my pension alone, without touching any other monies, I would love it.

This month's International Living magazine has an article written by a guy living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, who shows you how to live there on a budget of about $950 a month.

-andrew, living on $2,100 a month in Chicago and starting to feel squeezed
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