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Oct 22 2017

Our Costa Rica Cost of Living, by Rob Evans

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 …

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Sep 30 2017

Our August 2017 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 …

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Aug 23 2017

Our July 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living

This is the first time in many years that we don’t have a Costa Rica cost of living breakdown to share with you. We spent the entire month of July in Mexico, and during this time, a friend lived in our apartment, paid the rent and utilities, and even took care of our cats. Instead, …

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Jul 16 2017

Our June 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living

Our June 2017 Cost of Living Report needs a bit of explanation. As we mentioned in our last newsletter, Paul and I traveled to Mexico on June 20th where we will be staying for an extended period. Therefore, our June Costa Rica Cost of Living report includes all of our normal fixed living expenses but …

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Jul 09 2017

Our May 2017 Costa Rica Cost of Living

In May, we were happy to see another month well below our goal of $2,000. We came in at $1,853.32, with no major purchases to outfit our new apartment in town. Transportation – $286.46 We had some car repairs done to our 1996 Toyota 4-Runner in May which came to $214.76. Here’s the breakdown: Replace …

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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 Reasonably Priced 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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