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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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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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