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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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Mar 26 2019

Retire for Less in Costa Rica – March 26, 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 January …

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Mar 07 2019

Increasing Grocery Prices in Costa Rica: Fact or Fiction?

Generally, it seems to me that grocery prices have risen, though the statistics show otherwise. “Cost of food in Costa Rica decreased 0.69 percent in January of 2019 over the same month in the previous year. Food Inflation in Costa Rica averaged 5.91 percent from 2007 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 27.74 …

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Mar 07 2019

Healthcare Bang-for-Your-Buck

I found the health-efficiency index cited in Bloomberg’s article, “These Are the Economies With the Most (and Least) Efficient Health Care,” to be one of the more interesting ones I’ve seen in the last several years regarding healthcare in America versus the rest of the world. Put simply, it’s a survey which measures bang-for-the-buck, and in …

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Mar 07 2019

Costa Rica: One of the World’s Happiest Countries

Costa Rica has recently received more acknowledgement for what it’s doing right, this time from the World Economic Forum, in it’s January 31, 2019 article, “Costa Rica is one of the world’s happiest countries. Here’s what it does differently.” In the article, Costa Rica President, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, is quoted as saying, “Seventy years ago, …

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Mar 07 2019

Our January 2019 Costa Rica Cost of Living

In January, our spending was lower than our monthly average, with no big, out-of-the-ordinary expenses. Here’s the breakdown: Transportation – $63.31 No big trips, no car repairs, just one fill-up, a few tolls and parking for a trip into San Jose, and one cab ride here in town. Grand total: $63.31. Living in town has …

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