Tag Archive: CostOfLiving

Jun 13 2016

Inflation in Costa Rica

Latin America has a reputation of having high inflation. All in all, I would say that’s an accurate assumption. So let’s take a historical look at Costa Rica’s inflation since 1990. Previous to the year 2009, inflation in Costa Rica was very high, with some years over 20% (see the graph below). But since we …

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Jun 13 2016

Our 2015 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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Jun 09 2016

Our Annual Cost of Living in Costa Rica Issue for 2015

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Our 2015 Annual Cost of Living in Costa Rica Summary Inflation in Costa Rica So What Would It Cost YOU to Live in Costa Rica? The Best Way to Live for Less in Costa Rica (or Anywhere) A Single Woman’s Budget in …

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Jun 08 2016

So What Would It Cost ME to Live in Costa Rica?

Updated 06/08/2016 So, what would it cost YOU to live in Costa Rica? Well, the realistic and safe answer is, “it all depends on you, on your lifestyle and how you want to live.” People have asked us the question, “Can we live on $3,000-$4,000 per month?” In response, Gloria and I look at each other, …

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Jun 08 2016

Why the Higher Cost of Living in Costa Rica Is Worth It

by Tammy (Originally published by Viva Tropical. Used with permission.) Photos, links, and notes by RFLCR & updated on June 8, 2016. Costa Rica has been an increasingly popular destination among tourists and expats for several decades. And, while it stands out heads above the rest for its abundance of untamed nature and the healthy lifestyle …

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May 24 2016

Our April 2016 Costa Rica Cost of Living Expenses-$2,260.63

Even though we spent more than our goal of $2,000 in April, we’re still happy with the outcome. Not only did we have a vacation in New Orleans, we bought some clothing that’s hard to find here in Costa Rica. We traveled to New Orleans for International Living’s Fast Track Your Retirement Overseas Conference, where we …

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Apr 08 2016

Our March 2016 Costa Rica Cost of Living Expenses-$1,661.97

Wow! We came in under $1,700 for March! We are definitely pleased. But why did we spend so little? I think the biggest reason was Semana Santa, Holy Week in Costa Rica. It was a week when it was hard to spend money! During Semana Santa, just about everything closes down — government buildings, banks, and …

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Mar 20 2016

In the Mailbag-Everybody’s Talking About the Cost of Living in Costa Rica

When we posted Our February 2016 Costa Rica Cost of Living Expenses – $1991.73 on facebook, we got LOTS of varied reactions. Here are a few of our favorites: Tom M. wrote: This month, after living here since September 11, 2013, I had my best budget month. I am no longer fighting my impulse to …

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Mar 12 2016

Our February 2016 Costa Rica Cost of Living Expenses – $1991.73

Yea us! We came in under $2000 again in February, despite some out-of-the-ordinary expenses. Passport Renewal – $124.72 First off, we spent a total of $124.72 to renew my U.S. passport. The renewal fee was $120 and the balance was to have a new passport photo taken at a place across the street from the U.S. …

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Feb 23 2016

A Single Woman’s Budget in Costa Rica: How She Lives on $1260 USD

Debbie Rudd is a facebook friend and author of the new book, Costa Rica Where the Ordinary is Extraordinary: Loving the people and culture of Costa Rica. (Stay tuned for my review of her book in an upcoming newsletter.) I admire Debbie Rudd. She is a good example of the possibilities of what life can be …

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