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Jan 03 2018

Retire for Less in Costa Rica Update – January 3, 2018

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Update on Featured Property in our Last Newsletter Featured Property in Lake Arenal: Lake Arenal: Great Value Home with Arenal Volcano and Lake Views-$100,000 Cooking in Costa Rica: An Expat’s Guide to Buying Groceries, Cooking, and Eating in Costa Rica Our Ultimate CR Healthcare …

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Dec 30 2017

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – December 30, 2017

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Using the Caja’s Online Appointment System Integration – The Path to New Adventures Featured Property in Lake Arenal: Best Deal on Lovely Spanish-Style Home in Tranquil Setting-$110,000 Cooking in Costa Rica: An Expat’s Guide to Buying Groceries, Cooking, and Eating in Costa Rica …

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Dec 30 2017

Integration – The Path to New Adventures

Updated 12/30/17 When you move to a foreign country, many things will be different than in your home country. The people may speak a different language, their customs and food won’t be the same as back home. They may look different, and the way they do things might not make sense to you. You may …

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Dec 26 2017

In the Mailbag – Suspending Caja Fees, Body Donation, Simplicity, and Thoughts About Paradise

We always get lots of responses and questions from readers, both newsletter subscribers and on Facebook. After reading our August Cost of Living report, Nancy contacted us with the following question: Hi Paul and Gloria, We certainly enjoy reading your monthly newsletter.  However, it brought to mind a question that we have been wondering about. …

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Dec 26 2017

Change Your Name Before Moving To Costa Rica, by Rob Evans

One thing no one tells you before you move to Costa Rica is that your name is important: all your IDs and documents must have the same name (no abbreviations or nicknames), spelled the same way to make things easier. Costa Rica is a little bureaucratic and still uses paper documentation, so any anomaly can …

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Dec 26 2017

Dental Tourism in Costa Rica: My Experience – Part 2, by Vikki Riggle

Yesterday, my Facebook feed popped up a picture of me in Costa Rica with a smile full of new teeth.  For me, it was a reminder that it’s been more than three years since I had a whole mouthful of work done and that Gloria was expecting me to write a follow-up review of my …

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Nov 24 2017

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – November 23, 2017

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Dental Tourism in Costa Rica: My Experience – Part 2, by Vikki Riggle Change Your Name Before Moving To Costa Rica, by Rob Evans In the Mailbag – Suspending Caja Fees, Body Donation, Simplicity, and Thoughts About Paradise When in Rome, First …

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Oct 22 2017

In the Mailbag-End of Life Issues, Living Close to Nature, a Tour Memory, and Making the Move to Costa Rica

We always get lots of responses and questions from readers, both newsletter subscribers and on Facebook. Folks particularly commented on the end of life articles in our last newsletter. Bob B. wrote, Gloria, I wanted to thank you very much for addressing the ‘end of life’ information this month. I lost my wife of 48 …

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Oct 22 2017

Our Costa Rica Cost of Living, by Rob Evans

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual report on consumer expenditures shows the “average” American household (AAHh) spent $57,311 in 2016. Note, $74,664 is the “average” income and $57,311 is the average spent after taxes. I decided to compare the expense published against what I spend in Costa Rica, but I see a problem with this …

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Oct 20 2017

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – October 21, 2017

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Our Costa Rica Cost of Living, by Rob Evans In the Mailbag – End of Life Issues, Living Close to Nature, a Tour Memory, and Making the Move to Costa Rica Living the Expat Life Cooking in Costa Rica: An Expat’s Guide …

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