Tag: CostOfLiving

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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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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Feb 17 2019

Our December 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

It’s been a couple of months since we published our Costa Rica Cost of Living breakdown. Since we spent the months of October and November in Oaxaca, Mexico, there were no Costa Rica expenses for those months. We arrived back home on December 1st so this is our spending for the full month ($4,187.55). It’s …

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Nov 25 2018

My 2018 Healthcare Update, by Rob Evans

OK, the day has finally arrived. I turned 60 – one of those magical ages when the insurance company computers take notice. The result of being one year older was a 40% increase in my expat insurance, WEA. My travel insurance, which I use for travel back to the US where my expat insurance does …

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Nov 05 2018

Our September 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

Our plan was to spend September in Oaxaca, Mexico as we do most years, but Paul’s surgery to remove his right kidney in August caused us to delay our plans. We spent the month in Costa Rica as Paul recuperated and began to get his strength back. Transportation – $389.36 Our expenses for gasoline and …

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Oct 26 2018

Our August 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

Since Paul was in the hospital for the first part of the month (until the 13th of August when he was released), our spending in several categories was not typical. Transportation – $159.50 We live in San Ramón and Paul was in Hospital San Rafaél in Alajuela, about 45 minutes away by car. Though we …

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