Tag: CostOfLiving

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 …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/increasing-grocery-prices-in-costa-rica-fact-or-fiction/

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 …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-january-2019-costa-rica-cost-of-living/

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 …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-december-2018-costa-rica-cost-of-living/

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 …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/my-2018-healthcare-update-by-rob-evans/

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 …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-september-2018-costa-rica-cost-of-living/

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 …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-august-2018-costa-rica-cost-of-living/

Aug 27 2018

Our July 2018 Costa Rica Cost of Living

Our spending in July was right on target. Actually, if you take into account that almost $300 was spent to renew our residency, our “cost of living” spending for the month was low, more in the range of $1,700. Transportation – $108.33 We stayed close to home in July, waiting for the call from the …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-july-2018-costa-rica-cost-of-living/

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 …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-june-2018-costa-rica-cost-of-living/

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 …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-may-2018-costa-rica-cost-of-living/

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 …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://retireforlessincostarica.com/our-april-2018-costa-rica-cost-of-living/