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Mar 31 2018

Our February 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

Here’s our February 2018 spending breakdown: Transportation – $319.63 When you have an older car, like ours, repairs are part of life. Our 1996 Toyota 4-Runner has always been a reliable, comfortable car. We have used it for our tour business as well as for personal use, and it doesn’t show any sign of letting …

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Mar 23 2018

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – March 23, 2018

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Our February 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living Immigration News for Those on a Tourist Visa and Temporary Residents Featured Property Grecia: Affordable 3BR 2BA Home in Gated Community-$115,000 Cooking in Costa Rica: An Expat’s Guide to Buying Groceries, Cooking, and Eating in …

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Mar 18 2018

Our January 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

In January, our spending was back to normal, totaling $1,826.57 for the month. Here’s the breakdown: Transportation – $72.74 No car repairs this month and only one fill-up totaling $54.66 for our Toyota 4-Runner, plus $11.48 to top off our oil. We also had some miscellaneous tolls and parking fees. Groceries – $495.25 Another high …

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Feb 26 2018

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – February 26, 2018

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Our January 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living 17 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Move to Costa Rica Featured Property in Lake Arenal: Bali Style Bungalow with Lake View-$125,000  Cooking in Costa Rica: An Expat’s Guide to Buying Groceries, Cooking, and Eating in Costa …

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Feb 26 2018

Customized Relocation & Retirement Tours

At Retire for Less in Costa Rica, we appreciate your trust in allowing us to help with some of your decision-making. The goal of all our tours is to save you time & money, while showing you the possibilities. We do this in 3 ways: by having you contact & speak with other expats in your …

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Feb 25 2018

Our December 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living

Seems like I say this every December, but…wow! Our normal monthly expenses are well under $2,000, but December is always higher, for a number of reasons we will explain. This December was no exception and, in fact, it’s one of our highest months ever. So here we go… Transportation – $868.70 Our expenses for gasoline, …

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Feb 25 2018

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Rent a Post Office Box

(Updated with 2018 prices) A great way to save hundreds of dollars a year is to have a post office box in Costa Rica, versus using a delivery service like Aerocasillas. I would say Aerocasillas is more efficient, and certainly faster than the post office, but you pay for that service. Our P.O. Box, #187, …

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Jan 26 2018

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – January 25, 2018

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Our December 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living Why Are People Leaving Costa Rica? Featured Property: Lovely Downtown Grecia 2BR 1 BA Home-$146,000  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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Jan 22 2018

Using the Caja’s Online Appointment System

Change sometimes comes slowly in Costa Rica, but eventually, it does come. Such is the case with Costa Rica’s Caja. Back in July 2014, the Tico Times published an article about changes to the public healthcare system which would allow patients to schedule their appointments online. Here is an excerpt of the article: “Good news …

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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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