I worked overseas for 8 years and because of that, it has made it really easy for me to save more than 50% of my income while still being able to spend quite a bit on luxuries such as going out to restaurants and going on luxury vacations. Now this is not for everyone, but if youâre adventurous and willing to give it a try for a few years, it could mean the difference between being further in debt or achieving financial freedom. Here are a few reasons why working overseas can save you a lot of cash:
For many people, mortgages and rent eat up a chunk of their budget. Many work contracts in foreign countries include some sort of free housing. Yes, you heard right, free housing. It really depends on the type of job you have, but you can get anywhere to a simple apartment (sometimes with roommate) to a fancy one with lots of amenities. Keep in mind that utilities arenât included, but they tend to be much cheaper than what youâd pay in the US.
Another bonus is that many of these apartments come already furnished, so you donât need to spend money on furniture. It might not be to your taste, but hey, free is free, right?
Simply take what youâd normally spend on housing and put it towards savings.
Typical savings: $800 – $2000 per month
Lower Standard of Living
Living overseas means youâre paying a lot less for daily expenses, such as transportation and groceries. With all those savings, you can easily take what you would have normally spent and put it towards a luxury vacation, going out to restaurants, or whatever your guilty pleasures happen to be.
Here are some average costs per month:
Utilities (electricity and water): $50
High-speed internet: $15
Restaurants (per meal):$10
Public transportation: $25
Subsidized Living Expenses
As if it couldnât get any better, your employer might even pay for more stuff! If youâre a teacher an international school for example, you get a free return flight to your country of origin each year. Some schools would even let you use that money to fly to any country, as long as itâs cheaper than a flight to your country of origin.
Larger corporations will even pay for hotel and airport transfers or even vacations. Also, some contracts guarantee a bonus (as high as two monthâs salary) if you stay a certain amount of years. Of course, every contract differs, but most will at least subsidize flights, even for your family.
Typical savings: $2000 – $4000 per year
Keep in mind though that youâre not going to be able to save a lot of money in certain countries that have a high standard of living. If youâre serious about saving cash, Asia is the best route. If youâre really feeling adventurous, there are tons of job openings in the Middle East.
One of the easiest ways is to ask your employer if there are any opportunities to transfer to a branch overseas. If youâre a certified teacher, you can participate in teacher exchange programs or apply to an international schools. Just do a quick search online and youâll be sure to find lots of job openings.
Working overseas could be the solution for you if youâre up for an adventure and want to save some cash along the way. So what are you waiting for?
Author bio: Sarah Li Cain is the founder of High Fiving Dollars, a kickass blog showing you that loving your money is not only a priority, but a necessity. Download her free ecourse âHigh Fiving Your Dollarsâ so you can have a loving relationship with your money.
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