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Jun 17 2017

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – June 17, 2017

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Our May 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living ‘Tis the Season…for Mold and Mildew Retire for Less Goes to Mexico, Again Our Ultimate CR Healthcare Tour           Our May 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living In May, we were …

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Jun 03 2017

In the Mailbag – Medicare and Health Insurance

We always get lots of responses and questions from readers, both newsletter subscribers and on Facebook. This month’s questions dealt with Medicare (U.S. citizens) and health insurance. Mark N. wrote, I notice in your budget and in other representative budgets on your web site (the woman living for ~ $1200 per month) there is no …

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Jun 03 2017

Jackson’s Care – A Cost Effective Option for Private Healthcare in Costa Rica

In addition to MediSmart, Hospital Metropolitano’s discount healthcare plan, there is now another option. Jackson’s Care is a brand new plan offered by Jackson Memorial Medical Center. We have been meeting with them over the last two months to understand and document the plan in English for our readers. Jackson’s Care provides a cost effective …

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May 31 2017

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – June 1, 2017

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Special Healthcare Issue:  Jackson’s Care – A Cost Effective Option for Private Healthcare in Costa Rica In the Mailbag – Medicare and Health Insurance Our Ultimate CR Healthcare Tour         Jackson’s Care – A Cost Effective Option for Private Healthcare in Costa …

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May 29 2017

In the Mailbag – Tracking Living Expenses, Grocery Expense Breakdown, and “Being Gringoed”

We always get lots of responses and questions from readers, both newsletter subscribers and on Facebook. Lately we’ve had a couple of readers ask about how we track our expenses. Les M. writes: Hi Gloria and Paul! We’ve never met but I’ve enjoyed your postings for quite awhile. I’ve been in Costa Rica since December …

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May 29 2017

Paul’s Money Saving Tip: Find Reasonable Housing

This is a big one, because in the course of a year, you could save thousands of dollars if you are renting a house or apartment at a reasonable cost. So, what’s “reasonable?” At Retire for Less, we say reasonable rentals would be $800 or less; naturally, if it includes some utilities or services, all …

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May 29 2017

Our April 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living

In April, we were happy to see a month well below our goal of $2,000. We came in at $1,733.87, with no major purchases to outfit our new apartment in town. Transportation – $79.24 This was probably our lowest month ever in this category. We had no major car repairs or expenses. Here is the breakdown: …

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May 23 2017

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – May 23, 2017

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Our April 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living Paul’s Money Saving Tip: Find Reasonable Housing In the Mailbag – Tracking Living Expenses, Grocery Expense Breakdown, and “Being Gringoed” Our Ultimate CR Healthcare Tour     Our April 2017 Costa Rica Cost of …

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Apr 30 2017

Our 2016 Annual Cost of Living in Costa Rica Summary

It’s time, once again, for our annual cost of living summary. Some of you will find this interesting, but others, not so much. That’s okay— Just read the section below that describes your level of interest. And, for the “I love numbers and details and I want to see it all” group: Here’s a breakdown …

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Apr 17 2017

In the Mailbag – April 16, 2017

In the Mailbag We always get lots of responses and questions from readers, both newsletter subscribers and on Facebook. Today, we wanted to share with you some recent feedback we have received from tour clients: Hi Gloria, This is a very overdue THANK YOU for our Healthcare Tour last month. It’s hard to believe we’ve …

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