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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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Feb 27 2017

Paul’s Money-Saving Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica-Use WhatsApp and Save on Telecommunications Charges

What is WhatsApp? It’s a voice-over-internet (VOIP) service, but certainly not the only one. There are many others, including Viber, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Google Voice, MagicJack, Vonage, Facetime (with iPhone and iPad), and others. To take advantage of VOIP services on your phone, you will need a smartphone such as Samsung, Huawei, or iPhone. When …

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Jan 20 2015

The Best Way to Live for Less in Costa Rica (or Anywhere), by Rob Evans

by Rob Evans Recently, Greg Seymour gave me a great insight into living in Costa Rica. We were talking about expats’ obsession with the cost of living analysis, and Greg mentioned the best money saving idea he discovered was not to spend money. What? It took a little while to sink in, but eventually it …

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Dec 03 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: How to Save on Your Electric Bill

As you can see from our most recent electric bill, we paid ¢25,597 colones (about $51.60 USD) for electricity for the period of September 26th to October 26th, 2013 (30 days). This was one of the rainiest periods of this year’s rainy season. When you look closer at the graph on our ICE bill, you …

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Sep 25 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Save Thousands on Private Medical Care

A great way to save thousands of dollars on a trip to Costa Rica is to come for some medical tourism, but you don’t need to go to San Jose or Escazu for care. In our town, San Ramon, we have medical tourism too, but we don’t call it that. We just call it a good …

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Jun 26 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Vacation the Retire for Less Way!

We may be thrifty but, mostly, we like to get a good bang for a buck. But we also love to have a great time, and this vacation was no exception. Other than our expenses in Playa del Carmen (May 21-25) and the bulk of our airfare, we spent just $1650. International Living reimbursed us …

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Jun 10 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: See the “Doctor” at Clinica de Ropa

Sometimes my clothes are “sick” and need repair – a hem, a new zipper, a tear to be mended, a hole to be patched, buttons to be sewn on, or maybe elastic to be replaced. So what do I do? Why, it’s simple! Just take those worn-out but fixable rags to the Clinic, of course. …

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Apr 02 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Sign Up for Skype, Vonage, or Magicjack

Communication is very important for expats today. Why, without it, I think we’d have fewer expats. The ability to communicate with those back home via Skype, Vonage, or MagicJack is the big difference between expats of 20+ years ago and today. All three – Skype,Vonage, and MagicJack – can save you lots of money over …

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Mar 14 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Save on Car Repairs

Car repairs are a real bargain in Costa Rica. I know I write about cars a lot — should you buy or not buy a car? Should you ship a car or get one here? For us expats, a car also acts like a barrier to integration, even though it’s very convenient. And plenty of …

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Feb 10 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Rent a Post Office Box

(Updated with 2015 prices) A great way to save hundreds of dollars a year is to have a post office box in Costa Rica, versus using a delivery service like Aerocasillas. I would say Aerocasillas is more efficient, and certainly faster than the post office, but you pay for that service. Our P.O. Box, #187, …

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