Category: Blog

Dec 18 2019

In the Mailbag: Caja Payments, Retiring Overseas, Reading, and Cooking 

We always get lots of responses and questions from readers, both newsletter subscribers and on Facebook. Hi Gloria, I will be leaving Costa Rica July 22nd with a scheduled return on November 15th. How does this affect my CAJA payment?  Charles Hi Charles, Thanks for getting in touch. You have two options as far as …

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Dec 18 2019

What’s Up with the Yeatmans?

It has been a while since we sent out our last newsletter — three months, in fact, without monthly Costa Rica cost of living reports, featured properties, or anything else. A few folks checked on us via email to be sure all was well.  Thank you for your concern. We appreciate it so much. We …

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Dec 18 2019

My 2019 Healthcare Update, by Rob Evans

To review, I retired early to Costa Rica in 2014 since healthcare costs were too high in the US. My employer had paid most of the cost, and I never realized the true cost of healthcare until I had to pay it all myself. My payment went from zero to $14,000 a year, which meant …

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Nov 23 2019

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – November 23, 2019

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter Paul and Gloria In This Issue:  What’s Up with the Yeatmans? My 2019 Healthcare Update, by Rob Evans In the Mailbag: Caja Payments, Retiring Overseas, Reading, and Cooking  Featured Property in Lake Arenal: Lovely 3 BR 2 BA Home Built to US Standards with Lake …

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Nov 23 2019

Time, Happiness, and Seizing the Day

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about time. How we spend it, how much we have left, and whether or not we appreciate the moments as we live them. There is nothing like a brush with cancer to teach you, had you not already learned this lesson, to appreciate every day, every moment. Paulo Coelho …

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Nov 22 2019

Our June 2019 Costa Rica Cost of Living

In June, we came close to our goal of spending $2000 for the month. Transportation, Healthcare, Personal Care/Clothing, and Pet Care came in higher than normal. Here’s the breakdown: Transportation – $272.23 Though we only had one fill-up at the tank in June ($59.38) we had some car repairs on our 1996 Toyota 4-Runner which …

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Aug 17 2019

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – August 17, 2019

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter Paul and Gloria In This Issue:  Our June 2019 Costa Rica Cost of Living Time, Happiness, and Seizing the Day Featured Property in Sarchi: Private Mountain Cabin on Coffee Plantation-$75,000 REDUCED  Cooking in Costa Rica: An Expat’s Guide to Buying Groceries, Cooking and Eating in …

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Jul 20 2019

In the Mailbag: New Taxes, VPNs, and MediSmart

We always get lots of responses and questions from readers, both newsletter subscribers and on Facebook. Hi Paul & Gloria, Much confusion seems to exist about the new taxes and reporting requirements. Also, the financial condition of the country given the increasing debt and a lower GNP are problematic. Yet many positive articles also exist, …

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Jul 20 2019

Our May 2019 Costa Rica Cost of Living

May was not a typical month for us in any way. Our cat, Tori, became ill and our lives became centered around her for much of the month. That’s one of the reasons our expenses were so much higher than normal. Another reason is that Paul had some dental work done. Here’s the breakdown: Transportation …

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Jul 20 2019

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – July 20, 2019

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter Paul and Gloria In This Issue:  Our May 2019 Costa Rica Cost of Living In the Mailbag: New Taxes, VPNs, and MediSmart Featured Property in Lake Arenal: Sweet 3 BR 2 BA Home with Lake View-REDUCED to $85,000 Cooking in Costa Rica: An Expat’s Guide …

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