Paul Yeatman

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Nov 15 2012

Our Little Lives

We live what I call a “little life.” We’re not trying to impress anyone – we just want to do our own thing. The days pass leisurely, one after the other. One day goes into the next, weeks and months just seem to meld together. We often get the days and dates confused, as we …

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Nov 15 2012

Beach Days

I don’t know what it is about beach day. I just find it so relaxing. I feel just like “buttah” (which you may know as “butter.”) Just think about it for a moment — we can go as often as we want, and we never have to go to work the next day. I’m 66 …

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Sep 16 2012

Quit Your Job Right Now?

From time to time, as we do our research, we come across bloggers that really strike our fancy. One such blogger is James Altucher as he writes of a “world out of balance.” When I read James’ article, “10 More Reasons You Need to Quit Your Job Right Now!” I thought of me, my friends, …

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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 21 2012

Why We Chose Costa Rica

Why We Chose Costa Rica People often ask, “Why did you choose Costa Rica?” In answer, we often cite the following: Stable democracy since 1821 (this may be the biggest factor of all). The people are warm and welcoming. Can drink water in 95% of the country. In some countries, like Mexico, it’s bottled water all …

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Aug 21 2012

A Day in the Life

There are three questions people always ask us about living in Costa Rica: What is the cost of living? How about health care? What do you do all day? On our website, we try to answer these three questions, and we address the latter one in the first article of our monthly newsletter: “What’s Up …

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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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Aug 06 2012

Money vs. Time

I always tell people that time is more valuable than money at our age, realizing, of course, that we need enough money to live. It seems to me, when you are 60+, the creating of wealth becomes secondary to the time we have left on this earth. In Costa Rica, most expats pay cash for …

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Jul 19 2012

Inflation in Central America

Costa Rica, arguably, is the most expensive country in Central America. Many retirees find that their cost of living is the same as in many parts of the United States. In some cases, living in Costa Rica can be more expensive. It depends on how you choose to live. If you want a lot of …

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Jul 19 2012

From 11.75% to 12.5% Interest on a 12-Month Certificate of Deposit!

We wanted to inform all of our interested readers that our bank, Coopenae, has just raised interest rates to 12.5% on a 12 month Certificate of Deposit. As luck would have it, our initial 12-month CD at 11.75% came to maturity in late June, just after the rate was increased, and we were able to …

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