Tag: CostOfLiving

Mar 11 2020

Our January 2020 Costa Rica Cost of Living

January was a transition month for us. After living in Oaxaca, Mexico for six months, we started out the new year with a trip to Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, before returning to Costa Rica on January 8th. Obviously, that increased our expenses for the month.  Our total spending was $2,617.17. Here’s the breakdown of our vacation …

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Mar 10 2020

Inflation in Costa Rica

(Updated 3/9/2020) Latin America has a reputation for having high inflation. All in all, I would say that’s an accurate assumption. So let’s take a historical look at Costa Rica’s inflation since 1990. Previous to the year 2009, inflation in Costa Rica was very high, with some years over 20% (see the graph below). Their …

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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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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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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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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

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 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

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 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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