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Jun 11 2019

Our Moving to Costa Rica Timeline: All the Steps Along the Way, by Rob Evans

I hate to see people struggling with how to move to Costa Rica. It is not that hard but can be overwhelming at first, so I hope our timeline will be a helpful guide for you – either to follow our steps or to use as a template to forge your own way. Five years …

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Jun 11 2019

Our April 2019 Costa Rica Cost of Living

We have been busy the last couple of months so I am a bit behind in getting you our monthly cost of living reports but we will catch up! April was another month of low spending for us. We stayed close to home and had no big or unusual expenses. Here’s the breakdown: Transportation – …

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Jun 10 2019

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – June 10, 2019

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter Paul and Gloria In This Issue:  Our April 2019 Costa Rica Cost of Living Our Moving to Costa Rica Timeline: All the Steps Along the Way, by Rob Evans Featured Property in Grecia: Fully Furnished Updated 3BR 2BR Home Near Town-$139,800 Cooking in Costa Rica: …

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Apr 26 2019

In the Mailbag: Getting Mail, Buying a Car, and Retiring for Less? 

We always get lots of responses and questions from readers, both newsletter subscribers and on Facebook. Hi Gloria, I was wondering if you have or use a stateside PO box or address?  I was thinking about when the banks send new cards. I’ve seen some advice for those moving to get a PO box or …

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Apr 26 2019

Costa Rica’s Successful Reforestation Efforts in a Graphic

To celebrate Earth Day, we thought we would share this graphic with you which shows Costa Rica’s success in reforestation. The graphic was prepared by Costa Rica’s Fondo Nacional de Financiamiento Forestal (Fonafifo). The goal of the National Forestry Financing Fund is to finance “small and medium producers of forest goods and services, managing and …

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Apr 26 2019

Our March 2019 Costa Rica Cost of Living

I was thinking recently about why we choose to track our spending in such detail and to share it with our readers every month. When we moved to Costa Rica back in April 2009, we had Paul’s Social Security of only $922.00 USD. We knew that we couldn’t live on just $922 per month but …

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Apr 23 2019

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – April 23, 2019

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Facebook, Twitter, & YouTube You can now follow us on Facebook and Twitter, so please “like” us on Facebook, “follow” us on Twitter, and watch and share our videos on YouTube.   What’s New on the Website Check out our newest posts on www.retireforlessincostarica.com: Our February …

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Apr 11 2019

Does Costa Rica Have the Highest Electricity Rates in the World? 

(Reprinted from The Costa Rica Star. Used with Permission.) One grumbling commonly expressed by North American expats residing in Costa Rica is related to their monthly electricity bills. Not only do they assert that they pay more in Costa Rica than they used to pay…(back home); they also assume that their new monthly bill has …

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Apr 11 2019

In the Mailbag: Banking Your Social Security Payment, and Tourist Visas

We always get lots of responses and questions from readers, both newsletter subscribers and on Facebook. “Can I utilize ATM cards in Costa Rica? If I apply for resident status do I have to have my SS checks deposited in Costa Rica bank? Daniel W. I thought that Daniel’s simple question required a more complicated …

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Apr 11 2019

Our February 2019 Costa Rica Cost of Living

I was plesantly surprised with how low our monthly spending was for February. In fact, I checked my spreadsheet several times just to be sure I didn’t miss anything!   Transportation – $57.24 In February, we didn’t have any car repair or maintenance, though we did buy new car mats for $11.08. Over the years, we’ve …

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