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Dec 28 2018

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – December 28, 2018

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  What’s Up With the Yeatmans? CT Scan, Cancer, and the Caja-Part 3 Costa Rica Caja Health Insurance Payment Scale Cooking in Costa Rica: An Expat’s Guide to Buying Groceries, Cooking, and Eating in Costa Rica Our Ultimate CR Healthcare Tour     …

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Nov 25 2018

Relaxing with Odin

We recently visited Villa Loohvana B&B in San Agustín, Etla, located about 20 km from Oaxaca central. We spent the day with the owner, and our friend, Michelle Tommi. Paul became best buds with one of Michelle’s dogs, her Great Dane, Odin.  

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Nov 25 2018

Oaxaca Day of the Dead Scenes 2018

If you are interested in learning more about our time in Oaxaca, visit our website, Retire in Oaxaca Mexico: and our Facebook page of the same name: Related Articles: Our 2018 Oaxaca, Mexico Trip in Pictures Retire in Oaxaca Mexico Retire in Oacaxa Mexico Facebook page  

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Nov 25 2018

My 2018 Healthcare Update, by Rob Evans

OK, the day has finally arrived. I turned 60 – one of those magical ages when the insurance company computers take notice. The result of being one year older was a 40% increase in my expat insurance, WEA. My travel insurance, which I use for travel back to the US where my expat insurance does …

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Nov 25 2018

So, a Ham and a Clown are on a Bus…

When we are in Mexico, we don’t have a car. Buses and cabs are plentiful and inexpensive. You never know what you will see on a bus — indigenous women with native dress and braided hair, a guy with a guitar playing and singing for tips, an evangelist preaching the gospel, or even a clown. …

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Nov 25 2018

Costa Rica’s Current Economic  Situation

We have lived in Costa Rica for almost 10 years and we have seen the value of the colon both rise and fall against the U.S. dollar. When we first started investing in certificates of deposit in colones (the national currency of Costa Rica), the rate of exchange was about 500 colones to the dollar. …

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Nov 23 2018

Jackson’s Care-A Cost Effective Option for Private Healthcare in Costa Rica-UPDATED!

Original article: In addition to MediSmart, Hospital Metropolitano’s discount healthcare plan, there is now another option. Jackson’s Care is a brand new plan offered by Jackson Memorial Medical Center. We have been meeting with them over the last two months to understand and document the plan in English for our readers. Jackson’s Care provides a …

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Nov 22 2018

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – November 23, 2018

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Costa Rica’s Current Economic  Situation So, a Ham and a Clown are on a Bus… My 2018 Healthcare Update, by Rob Evans Oaxaca Day of the Dead Scenes 2018 Update to Our Article About the Jackson’s Care Plan Relaxing with Odin Featured …

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Nov 22 2018

Some Reasons Why We Invested Our Savings in Coopenae

Updated November 22, 2018 Why invest in Coopenae? by Asdrúbal Zamora Corrales In Costa Rica there are several supervised credit unions, most of which are local and very small.  Each credit union has very different financial numbers. Coopenae is the Teachers Credit Union, the largest credit union and the most well-known. We provide internet services to …

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Nov 05 2018

Caja Payment Exemptions for Snowbirds, Rainbirds, and Other Part-time Residents

In anticipation of our planned three-month visit to Mexico this year, we asked a friend to explain to us, and to our readers, how a part-time legal resident of Costa Rica can avoid having to pay for the Caja during the months one is out of the country. Most of these folks are “snowbirds,” as …

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