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Old 11-14-2012, 08:16 AM
Location: Victoria TX
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Malaysia was my first thought. It is still very cheap, a lot of people speak English (but it is not universal). You can buy electronics very cheap in Singapore, which is a one-hour local bus trip from Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Don't worry about receiving your SS income, just have it direct deposited to your American bank, and then use the ATM card to access the funds in any country in the world.

With an income of $900 a month, there is no way you are ever going to get a permanent residence visa in any country. You will need to enter as a tourist, and keep going back to the border and re-entering when your tourist visa runs out, probably every 2, 3 or 6 months. That would be very easy from Malaysia, into either Singapore or Thailand, but virtually impossible from the Philippines. This is called a "visa run", and most low-income expats are intimately familiar with the process.

The fact is, though, the USA is probably the cheapest country in the world to live in. You qualify for food stamps, Medicaid and housing allowance, a car and gas are affordable, you can dumpster dive for clothing, appliances and furniture or buy from thrift shops (which do not exist in less developed countries).
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:51 AM
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How about Belize? Isn't it English-speaking?
I'm unsure about the cost of living there...is it feasible to live there on $900/month?
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