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Mar 21 2017

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – March 21, 2017

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Our February 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living A Day in the Park: San Ramon’s New Children’s Playground In the Mailbag – Vonage, and Getting an Emergency U.S. Passport Featured Property: Lake Arenal: Move-In-Ready Furnished Home in Arenal Center-Reduced to $63,000 Our Ultimate …

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Mar 14 2017

If You Could Move Overseas Tomorrow for a Better Life…Would You? by Dan Prescher

By Dan Prescher (Originally published by International Living, February 6, 2017. Used with permission.) On a recent visit back to the U.S., I met some new friends at a party who wanted to know why my wife and I have been living outside the country for the past 15 years. I often get this question, …

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Mar 14 2017

In the Mailbag-Relocation Tours, a Reader’s “The Good, the Not so Good and the Disappointing,” Buying Appliances, and More

We always get lots of responses and questions from readers, both newsletter subscribers and on Facebook. We recently did a two-day customized relocation tour for some nice folks who were kind enough to send us some feedback and their thanks. Here is their note: I know Paul is tired after the two day tour…His Grecia …

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Feb 27 2017

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – February 28, 2017

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  In the Mailbag – Relocation Tours, a Reader’s “The Good, the Not so Good and the Disappointing about Costa Rica,” Buying Appliances, and More If You Could Move Overseas Tomorrow for a Better Life…Would You? by Dan Prescher Invest Your Savings in Coopenae-Why We Do …

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Feb 27 2017

Paul’s Money-Saving Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica-Use WhatsApp and Save on Telecommunications Charges

What is WhatsApp? It’s a voice-over-internet (VOIP) service, but certainly not the only one. There are many others, including Viber, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Google Voice, MagicJack, Vonage, Facetime (with iPhone and iPad), and others. To take advantage of VOIP services on your phone, you will need a smartphone such as Samsung, Huawei, or iPhone. When …

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Feb 27 2017

Con Mucho Gusto: The Tico Way

The kindness of Ticos never ceases to amaze me, but perhaps it should. They just keep proving to us over and over again how willing they are to help. Paul and I were driving in Palmares the other day, looking for a furniture factory to check out their sofas, tables, and chairs for our new …

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Feb 27 2017

What’s Up with the Yeatmans? Moving, Shopping, and Buying

We will tell you all about what everything cost to equip our new unfurnished apartment in downtown San Ramón de Alajuela, Costa Rica in our “January cost of living” article. But the process of shopping and buying what we needed has been a learning adventure, to say the least. First of all, when you rent an unfurnished …

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Feb 27 2017

Our January 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living

January was our biggest spending month ever! We moved to our new unfurnished apartment on January 1st and, though we actually purchased some items in November and December of 2017, we elected to show the expenses in January so that our 2017 annual expenses will include all move-related spending. $4,931.37 is a lot of money …

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Feb 26 2017

Invest Your Savings in Coopenae

Updated February 26, 2017 Why invest in Coopenae? Audited by Fitch Ratings (auditor of banks worldwide) from which we got excellent ratings (AA-): expectation of very low risk; risk differs very little from the highest possible ratings (see below for details). Extensively monitored and controlled, just like other public and private banks in Costa Rica, …

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Feb 19 2017

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – February 19, 2017

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  What’s Up with the Yeatmans? – Moving, Shopping, and Buying Our January 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living Paul’s Money-Saving Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica-Use WhatsApp and Save on Telecommunications Charges Our Ultimate CR Healthcare Tour     What’s Up …

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