Tag Archive: CostOfLiving

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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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

Our March 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living

In March, we made what will, hopefully, be the last of the big purchases for our new apartment — our couch and love seat. We still have a few things to buy but we’re almost done!  Here’s the breakdown of what we spent. Without the purchase of the couches, our spending for the month of …

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Apr 04 2017

In the Mailbag – Vonage, and Getting an Emergency U.S. Passport

We always get lots of responses and questions from readers, both newsletter subscribers and on Facebook. After she read our January 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living report, a reader wrote us this question about our Vonage bill: Hola Gloria & Paul, Am reading with much interest your move to town.  Can imagine getting used to …

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Apr 02 2017

Our February 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living

Yea! A month under $2,000. With all of the spending to outfit our new apartment, I expected to spend more in February. But even with buying a table and chairs for our kitchen, we came in at $1,932.80. If you take out the cost of the table and chairs, our February living expenses are down …

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Feb 27 2017

What’s Up with the Yeatmans? Moving, Shopping, and Buying

We will tell you all about what everything cost to equip our new unfurnished apartment in downtown San Ramón de Alajuela, Costa Rica in our “January cost of living” article. But the process of shopping and buying what we needed has been a learning adventure, to say the least. First of all, when you rent an unfurnished …

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Feb 27 2017

Our January 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living

January was our biggest spending month ever! We moved to our new unfurnished apartment on January 1st and, though we actually purchased some items in November and December of 2017, we elected to show the expenses in January so that our 2017 annual expenses will include all move-related spending. $4,931.37 is a lot of money …

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Feb 14 2017

Our November and December 2016 Costa Rica Cost of Living

November and December were busy months for us as we prepared for our move to an apartment in town. We may not have sent out regular cost of living reports, but we managed to still track every thing we spent.  Because we wanted to show our purchases for the new apartment as part of January’s …

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