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Jul 15 2018

PURA VIDA – Challenging the Ethnocentric Mind (A Documentary Short Film)

 

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Jul 15 2018

Our June 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

June was an expensive month for us, especially in the categories of Transportation, Meals Out, and Healthcare. We came in about 20% higher than our target of $2,000/month. But some months are like that. Here’s the breakdown: Transportation – $280.83 For us, during a normal month we fill up our Toyota 4-Runner just once. In …

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Jul 14 2018

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – July 14, 2018

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Our June 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living PURA VIDA – Challenging the Ethnocentric Mind (A Documentary Short Film) Featured Property  in San Ramon: Small Casita with Additional Building Site-REDUCED to $85,000 Cooking in Costa Rica: An Expat’s Guide to Buying Groceries, Cooking, …

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Jul 01 2018

Our May 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

We had another great month in May in terms of our overall spending, even with some additional healthcare costs taken into account, coming in well below our goal of $2,000 for the month. Transportation – $66.62 Since moving to town about a year and a half ago, we average one fill-up of gasoline in our …

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Jun 24 2018

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – June 24, 2018

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  Our May 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living MediSmart: An Affordable Alternative to Private Health Insurance in Costa Rica (Updated with Current Pricing) Featured Property in Grecia: Lovely Downtown 2BR 1 BA Home-$146,000  Cooking in Costa Rica: An Expat’s Guide to Buying Groceries, Cooking, …

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Jun 19 2018

A Walk Around Our Neighborhood (Video)

Come for a walk with us around our neighborhood in San Ramón de Alajuela and get a glimpse what it’s like to live in a Costa Rica coffee town. Related Articles: Integration 101: Being Bien Educado Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Shop at Ropa Americana Jackson’s Care – A Cost …

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Jun 18 2018

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – June 18, 2018

Welcome to our Retire For Less In Costa Rica Newsletter In This Issue:  A Walk Around Our Neighborhood (Video) Integration 101: Being Bien Educado Featured Property in Lake Arenal: Newly Remodeled 2BR 2BA Lake View Home-$89,000 Cooking in Costa Rica: An Expat’s Guide to Buying Groceries, Cooking, and Eating in Costa Rica PRINT VERSION NOW AVAILABLE!  …

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Jun 07 2018

MediSmart: An Affordable Alternative to Private Health Insurance in Costa Rica

Updated June 7, 2018 Like many expats in Costa Rica, we don’t have private health insurance. It is next to impossible to find private coverage for folks over 70 years of age or that doesn’t exclude preexisting conditions. And affordability is another factor for us with annual plans in the thousands for the two of …

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May 27 2018

10 Tips on How to Thrive as an Expat in Costa Rica

Starting a new life in a different country is certainly challenging, initially it may all seem exciting and romantic, like a long vacation, but as time goes by you start falling into the realization that this is your new reality, and adapting to it might not be simple, even if you speak the language and …

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May 27 2018

Our April 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

April was a busy month for us. We did several relocation tours for clients, mostly in the western Central Valley towns of San Ramon, Grecia, and Atenas, and one of our healthcare tours. Plus, my (Gloria’s) sister came for a visit from Maryland. The month was interesting and fun, and it went by quickly as …

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