Tag: CostOfLiving

Jul 15 2018

Our June 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

June was an expensive month for us, especially in the categories of Transportation, Meals Out, and Healthcare. We came in about 20% higher than our target of $2,000/month. But some months are like that. Here’s the breakdown: Transportation – $280.83 For us, during a normal month we fill up our Toyota 4-Runner just once. In …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-june-2018-costa-rica-cost-of-living/

Jul 01 2018

Our May 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

We had another great month in May in terms of our overall spending, even with some additional healthcare costs taken into account, coming in well below our goal of $2,000 for the month. Transportation – $66.62 Since moving to town about a year and a half ago, we average one fill-up of gasoline in our …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-may-2018-costa-rica-cost-of-living/

May 27 2018

Our April 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

April was a busy month for us. We did several relocation tours for clients, mostly in the western Central Valley towns of San Ramon, Grecia, and Atenas, and one of our healthcare tours. Plus, my (Gloria’s) sister came for a visit from Maryland. The month was interesting and fun, and it went by quickly as …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-april-2018-costa-rica-cost-of-living/

May 12 2018

Our March 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

March was a relatively quiet month for us. We had a beach day, invited friends over for dinner a couple of times, and did a few tours for potential expats. We also had higher than normal expenses in healthcare and groceries. More about that below. Transportation – $206.14 March was a month where our car …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-march-2018-costa-rica-cost-of-living/

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 …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-february-2018-costa-rica-cost-of-living/

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 …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-january-2018-costa-rica-cost-of-living/

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, …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-december-2017-costa-rica-cost-of-living/

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, …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/paul%e2%80%99s-monthly-tip-to-live-for-less-in-costa-rica-rent-a-post-office-box/

Oct 22 2017

Our Costa Rica Cost of Living, by Rob Evans

costa rica cost of living

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 …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-costa-rica-cost-of-living-by-rob-evans/

Sep 30 2017

Our August 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living

costa rica cost of living

If you’ve been following our newsletters, you know that we have been spending an extended period of time this year in Oaxaca, Mexico. In August, we returned to Costa Rica for three weeks to speak at the International Living Costa Rica conferenceand to tour with many of our clients. Since a friend has been living in our …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: http://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-august-2017-costa-rica-cost-of-living/