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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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Dec 05 2016

Our October 2016 Costa Rica Cost of Living

We were traveling almost the entire month of October, and a few days into November, on our yearly trip to Mexico. That meant lower than usual Costa Rica living expenses for the month — just over $1,000. Costa Rica Fixed Costs As you would imagine, many categories of our Costa Rica expenses totaled zero or …

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Oct 14 2016

Our September 2016 Costa Rica Cost of Living

We knew that September was going to be an expensive month for us. It always is. It’s the month when we take our car to RITEVE for the annual inspection and when we renew our car insurance for 6 months. But this September, we also had some other big expenses in the area of healthcare …

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Sep 14 2016

Our August 2016 Costa Rica Cost of Living

After our big 12-day road trip in July, it was nice to be back home and to have a more normal month of spending. But we have another big month ahead in October when we travel to Mexico for 30 days! And September is usually a big month because that is when we pay our …

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Sep 06 2016

Our Costa Rica Food Budget Breakdown

Updated 9/6/2016 Since we recently published our 2015 Cost of Living Summary, it’s time to update our Costa Rica food budget breakdown. Following are our monthly averages for the last several years: 2015 groceries monthly average: $351.97 2014 groceries monthly average: $301.00 2013 groceries monthly average: $379.81 (a 10% increase over the previous year) 2012 groceries monthly average: $345.96 (an …

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Aug 25 2016

Our July 2016 Costa Rica Cost of Living

What a month we had in July! We took a 12-day road trip to Costa Rica’s Southern Zone, continued our focus on natural health, and even got married (for the 2nd time!) As you can see, we are way over our $2,000/month budget but that is to be expected with a 12 day vacation. It will …

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Aug 01 2016

Our June 2016 Costa Rica Cost of Living

Another month under $2,000…that’s always a good thing. As we mentioned last month, we have started taking more vitamins and eating more organics, so these changes impact both our grocery and healthcare spending. Here’s the breakdown for the month of June. Groceries – $254.11 Since we stocked up last month on expensive items like nuts, …

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Aug 01 2016

Our May 2016 Costa Rica Cost of Living

In May, Paul and I started making some changes in our diet. We had recently watched a couple of online “summits” that changed our outlook on health, healthcare, diet, and supplementation. The first of the summits was Ty Bollinger’s 9-part documentary, “The Truth About Cancer: A Quest for the Cure.” I’m not sure why I …

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