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15 Unique Ways To Cut Your Monthly Spending Bill

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - Creating a budget is a big part of adulting. Maybe everybody doesn’t like working on their budgets, but ensuring you have enough money to cover your monthly expenses is important.  Some expenditures, like housing, utilities, and transportation, are inescapable but aren’t impossible to reduce. Other expenses have more wiggle room. There are creative ways to ... Read more

15 Blue Collar Jobs That Make at Least $100k A Year

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - There’s a long-standing belief that the best path to a six-figure salary is attending college and earning a bachelor’s degree or higher. While this may be the path for some high earners, it’s not necessarily true for everyone.  Blue-collar careers don’t require a four-year college degree yet pay over $100,000 a year. Some of these ... Read more

15 Cooler European Locations to Visit in August to Beat the Heat

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - At the time of writing this, it's June, and the heatwave across Europe is well underway (well, in some places). While it might not get as hot as in Africa or other parts of the world, the temperature can peak at 40C/104F degrees in some places. Sometimes, when you visit places, you want somewhere that's ... Read more

15 Home Investments That Are a Waste of Money

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - It is debatable whether your home is truly an investment, though it's common to hear houses billed that way. Even so, it's in your interest to maximize home value, and strategic home improvements can provide a substantial payoff (even if it's years or decades down the road). Like all investments, there are high-ceiling home runs ... Read more

Retire Like Royalty: Top 15 Spots to Live Comfortably on Social Security

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - One of the most challenging decisions retirees have to make is where to live. Most retirees must live on a budget and be mindful of their money. Living in a place with a low cost of living is critical. Retiring to an area with a low cost of living isn’t the only consideration. It’s essential ... Read more

16 Amazing Things to Do in Mykonos, Greece, According to Locals

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - Mykonos is one of the most popular destinations in Greece and can sometimes be overcrowded with tourists. We have put together this article to suggest places off the beaten track or that only a few tourists know about, such as Kapari Beach and Pagma Market. It's always good to head out to different places or ... Read more

Greece Unveiled: 11 Cities Where History Meets Enchantment

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - Greece, a country steeped in history, mythology, and unparalleled natural beauty, is home to some of the world's most enchanting cities. Each city offers a unique blend of historical significance, cultural vibrancy, and scenic splendor. From the iconic islands to the historic cities on the mainland, here's a look at 11 Greek cities that deserve ... Read more

16 Things Frugal People Don’t Waste Their Money On

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - Living frugally isn't something that comes naturally to everyone. For impulse spenders, cutting out unnecessary spending is a daily struggle. However, if you want to live a more frugal lifestyle or trim the fat from your budget, we can help.  Outside of choosing to live as frugally as possible, the frugal lifestyle does have some ... Read more

16 Common Household Items That Are Worth a Fortune

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - A penny found is better than a penny earned, as you don’t have to pay taxes on the penny found (until you spend it, at least). Even better than seeing a penny, why don’t you try to find something lying around your attic or closet and flip it for a few thousand bucks? This isn’t ... Read more

15 Beautiful Places Around The World Where You Can Live For Under $2,000

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - We all dream of living where the sun shines all day, and we have money left in the bank every month. Today, we will look at places where you can live for under $2000 a month and discuss why people move to these countries. 1. Chiang Mai, Thailand We must put Chang Mai at the ... Read more

16 Mistakes That People Make During Retirement

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - What is life if not a series of mistakes? While sage Americans recognize that each mistake is an opportunity to learn, some of us hope that we will use our wisdom to keep errors to a minimum by the time we retire. Rest assured that being over 66 (or whatever age you are when you ... Read more

14 Signs That You Are Better Off Than The Average American

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - If you're an American with an emergency fund, you can count yourself among the majority. However, that doesn't mean that the US economy is booming. In 2021, inflation started to eat away at most paychecks as everything became more expensive.  Speaking financially, most Americans want to do well, but gauging that criteria can be difficult. ... Read more

16 Frugal Habits That Have Made Retirement Even Better

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - Ah, retirement. Those twenty-five or thirty years after you hit the age to fully withdraw Social Security when you can sit back, relax, and enjoy life's splendor. But it can also be a time of extreme anxiety, heightened stress, and financial difficulty. If you're looking toward retirement with a less-than-stellar financial report, learning to be ... Read more

17 Medieval Towns in Europe That You Must See

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - People of the Middle Ages/ Medieval period lived in a very turbulent and dramatic period of history throughout Europe. It is also one of the critical times in history that shaped what life was like for European citizens and others. Although times have moved on and much of that world is relegated to history books, ... Read more

Top 15 Safest Cities in Europe Where You Can Walk Without Fear

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - When trying to book holidays, safety will be one of the factors you will likely consider, along with cost and availability. If you pay too much attention to news and social media, you might believe that many European cities are not safe for tourists. However, the truth is that many cheap, safe European cities are ... Read more

15 Fun Ways to Make an Extra $1000 During the Week

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - Many of us roll our eyes when someone tells us to make a living doing what we love. Money is the end, even if we don’t always enjoy the means to that end.  What if you could do something fun and make a significant income doing it? While $1,000 per week may not be the ... Read more

16 Useless Items People Tend To Buy When They Retire

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - Every working person dreams of retiring. Not having to report to work every day and being on their own schedule is a nice way to live. However, for all the benefits that retirement offers, there are also some pitfalls, especially when it comes to spending.  Retirees tend to buy things they don’t need, and it ... Read more

16 Places That Look Better in Images Than In Real Life

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - When you look at pictures of certain cities and landmarks, it’s easy to be in awe and to want to see them in person. Unfortunately, the in-person experience doesn’t always live up to the promise of the photos.  What makes a location a bust? It may be a monument that looks less than majestic, the ... Read more

17 Exotic Destinations to Spice Up Your Bucket List

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - By definition, exotic refers to something or somewhere different. A foreign or tropical location. One out of the ordinary, if you will. Like anything, that definition looks different for people who live in the following places than people who live in rural Arkansas, so we’ve compiled a list of exotic places according to the author. ... Read more

16 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds to Help Save You Money

Posted By Thefrugalexpat on Finance - A recent National Coffee Association (NCA) report found that coffee consumption has reached its highest levels in 20 years. Not only is that a lot of coffee, but that also means there’s a lot of leftover coffee grounds. Coffee grounds are usually thrown in the trash, but with the push toward sustainable practices, there are ... Read more