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Jul 20 2011

Investing in Colones Certificates of Deposit

While we pay our rent in U.S. dollars, we pay for everything else in colones.  For the last two years, we’ve been using our debit card from our U.S. bank to withdrawal dollars for our living expenses, then walking into a local bank to exchange much of it into colones.  The exchange rate has gone …

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Jul 20 2011

Newsletter – July 2011

Welcome to the July 2011 issue of our RetireForLessInCostaRica.com Monthly Newsletter! In this month’s issue: So, what’s up with the Yeatmans? Our monthly update to answer the #1 question people ask us, “What do you DO all day?” Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Eat Less Meat and More Fruits and Vegetables Feature …

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Jun 26 2011

Newsletter – June 2011

Welcome to the June 2011 issue of our RetireForLessInCostaRica.com Monthly Newsletter!  In this month’s issue: So, what’s up with the Yeatmans? Our monthly update to answer the #1 question people ask us, “What do you DO all day?” Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Taking the Bus Feature Article:  Investing in …

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Jun 22 2011

My Experience Using the Costa Rica Medical System (the “Caja”)

When we decided to write about how the Costa Rica National Health Care System (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social – “Caja” for short) works, I didn’t realize that I would have an opportunity to write about my own personal experience.  It’s  really scary to be facing a medical problem while living in another country, one …

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Jun 22 2011

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: The Truth About Crime in Costa Rica

(Updated July 31, 2015) So first, the good…I feel safer traveling around Costa Rica, and in our town of San Ramon, that I did in downtown Baltimore, or even at the local Mall at Christmas time when we lived back in the States.  In 2009, there was only one murder in the entire canton (county) of …

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May 23 2011

Community Action Alliance Costa Rica

One of the things I learned was important to me was the sense of community I experience living here.  About four months after moving to Costa Rica, we starting attending monthly “mixers” of a newly formed group made up of mostly gringos here in San Ramon.  The idea was to learn from each other, sharing …

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May 23 2011

But Do I HAVE to Learn Spanish?

One question we often get from people thinking about moving to Costa Rica concerns Spanish.  Do you need to learn Spanish?  The answer is not black and white.  You can certainly exist in Costa Rica without learning Spanish, and we know many Expats who do.  Many young Costa Ricans are bilingual, and there is also …

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May 23 2011

Newsletter – May 2011

Welcome to the May 2011 issue of our RetireForLessInCostaRica.com Monthly Newsletter! In this month’s issue: So, what’s up with the Yeatmans? Our monthly update to answer the #1 question people ask us, “What do you DO all day?” Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: $1 Lunch at the Central Market Feature …

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May 23 2011

Update on Our Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Instead of trying to explain the cost of living hypothetically, I thought I would instead explain our cost of living as it actually is for us. At this point, we have been in Costa Rica a little more than two years, and living/renting in “the cabinas” for two full years, so we have a pretty …

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May 22 2011

Renewing our Costa Rica Drivers’ Licenses

We’ve been living in Costa Rica full-time for more than two years now, and our Costa Rica drivers licenses came up for renewal on May 15th.  We both got our drivers licenses a month or so after we moved here in April 2009, using our U.S. Passports and Maryland Drivers Licenses for identification, and were …

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