Are you tired of spending $10 on a carton of eggs? With the price of groceries rising due to inflation, we’re all beginning to look for ways to save money and finding cheaper countries to live in may be our only option.

It’s getting to the point where leaving your home on a family date to the movies or the ballpark costs us half the rent. You’ll also think twice these days before you start inviting friends over. Ladies and gentlemen, the era has come where we are literally crying over spilled milk.

As America continues getting more expensive and the prices of organic avocados rise, we will start looking for other countries to live in. There’s nothing holding you back from looking for a new country. Perhaps when we start spending our American dollars in a new place, the United States will get its act together, but by then, it will be too late. You’ll be on a beach with your laptop in another country with a lovely local grandma watching your kids.

Travel Noire has proven time and time again that the grass is greener on the other side.  Now, we have a solution for you to save some coins and get back to following your dreams. Here are five of the cheapest countries to live in where you can do just that.


Vietnam, like most countries in Southeast Asia, have a meager cost of living. For just under $900 a month, you can cover all your living expenses, including takeout and groceries. The average “street food” meal is only a dollar. If you’re a family of three and choose to eat outside every day for three times a day, then that’s only $9 a day and $270 a month. Depending on your needs, your one-bedroom apartment could range from $300 to $500 a month, and your average smartphone bill could be between $5 to $8.

Costa Rica

For those who’d like to experience living abroad, but don’t want to go as far as Southeast Asia, there’s Costa Rica.

Located in Central America and sitting between the Caribbean and The Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes and biodiversity. A single expat’s total cost of living could land you at slightly under $1500 a month, which is still a great lifestyle considering you won’t be as far from home.


Bulgaria is a small country in Southeastern Europe and is considered the poorest nation in the European Union. Rent in Bulgaria can range from $250 to $500 a month, depending on the size of your family. The base rate for all utilities would be close to $115 a month. An added bonus is that Bulgaria is considered much safer than most European countries.

South Africa

South Africa is on the southernmost tip of the continent of Africa and is considered one of the most ethnically diverse countries. Well known for its varied topography, such as beaches, mountains, trails, and nature and wildlife, ex-pats who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle flock to this amazing country. The average for a one-bedroom in the city center goes for $450 a month. The average salary in South Africa is $1500 a month.


Known for its ceviche and breathtaking landmarks, such as the “Rainbow Mountain” and Machu Picchu, it’s no surprise Peru could be one of the higher priced of the cheapest countries to live in. A moderate lifestyle near Peru’s capital can cost you close to $2000 a month. Of course, move a little to the outskirts or the second or third largest city, you’ll be spending about $1500 a month total.