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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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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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