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Apr 05 2018

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – April 6, 2018

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Our Recent MediSmart Experience In the MailBag – Tours, Body Donation, Persons with Disabilities, and Cost of Living Featured Property: Charming Renovated 3BR 2BA home in Nuevo Arenal-$150,000  Cooking in Costa Rica: An Expat’s Guide to Buying Groceries, Cooking, and Eating in …

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Mar 31 2018

Immigration News for Those on a Tourist Visa and Temporary Residents

Costa Rica’s immigration ministry announced yesterday that they will begin enforcing fines for visitors who overstay their visas. As of April 20, 2018, foreign persons who remain in Costa Rica beyond the period permitted by immigration shall be fined $100 USD for each month they overstay in the country, or in their absence, they shall be …

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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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