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Jan 10 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Buy Just What You Need

In the States or Canada, don’t you usually save money when you buy in bulk? Not necessarily so, in Costa Rica. Interestingly, the “large economy size” of many products in Costa Rica can actually cost more per unit than buying the smaller size. There are exceptions of course. Wal-Mart is here now, the king of …

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Dec 04 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Live Where You Don’t Need Heat or Air-Conditioning

Updated April 20, 2015 This is a no-brainer; you can save an easy $200/month. One of the biggest reasons we came to Costa Rica was to “live outside.” This meant no need for air-conditioning or heat. We lived in Baltimore, Maryland before moving here and had high heating and air conditioning bills (over $300 per …

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Nov 15 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica – Take Advantage of Free and Inexpensive Classes and Events

People always ask us, “What do you do all day” — hence, our monthly “What’s Up with the Yeatmans?”  There is so much available to do – there are yoga and exercise classes, dancing, entertainment, art classes and exhibits, music classes, everything at low prices, like $10 for a whole 10-week session. In San Ramon, we …

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Oct 06 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tips to Live for Less in Costa Rica

Listed below are all of my money-saving tips to-date. Video – Paul’s Money-Saving Tip: Live at the Cabinas Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: The Gold Card-Don’t Leave Home Without It! Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: $1 Lunch at the Central Market Paul’s Monthly Tip to …

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Sep 03 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Pay Cash and Save

One of the easiest ways to save money in Costa Rica is to pay cash for everything. Almost all businesses will give you 5%-10% off if you pay en efectivo (in cash) and don’t use a credit card. In reality, all businesses are supposed to charge the same to credit card and cash customers, but …

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Aug 06 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Buy Fresh Flowers

One of the great deals in Costa Rica is buying fresh flowers. I’ve always liked fresh flowers in my house. In Baltimore, we would generally buy flowers weekly or every other week at Trader Joe’s. They were a good deal there as well. A beautiful bunch, suitable for a vase on our dining room table …

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Jul 19 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Save on Telephone Service

Since our arrival on April 1, 2009, much has changed regarding telephones and telephone service in Costa Rica. In the last year, the market has opened up to competition and reception and service has improved dramatically. Much of what is available in the States is available here, although technically Costa Rica is about a year …

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Jun 04 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Visiting the Dentist, Part 2

After hearing about her great experiences with her dentist, Paul asked our neighbor, Lisa, at the Cabinas to write a brief article for our newsletter.     Who’s Afraid of the Dentist Now? By Lisa Kolber My first encounter with Dra. Stephanie came when in June of last year I had a problem with a …

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May 07 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Visiting the Dentist

(Udated 8/17/15) Generally, dentistry is a good deal in Costa Rica. In 2010, Costa Rica had 36,000 medical tourists and 51% of those were for dentistry. Most people hate to go to the dentist, but go anyway, as one of those necessary evils we endure to keep our smiles bright and healthy.   My dentist …

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Apr 05 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Visiting the Veterinarian

A lot of Expats in Costa Rica have pets, and sometimes we need to take them to a veterinarian. In Costa Rica, the vet is a big money-saver when compared to the U.S. We’ve had cats in the States, and we always dreaded vet visits because they cost so much and were sometimes unexpected. The …

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