Tag: CostOfLiving

Jul 15 2013

Meals Out: A Budget Breakdown

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Updated May 18, 2015 At Retire for Less, we’re still trying to live for under $2,000/month. We must admit, it’s getting more difficult to achieve it every month. Believe me, we’re not suffering. We have a car, telephones, high-speed wireless Internet, and a great house to live in. I mean, really, what more could anyone …

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Jul 15 2013

Our June 2013 Cost of Living

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As we pointed out in our last newsletter, when you go away on vacation, you still have all of your major expenses back at home – rent, utilities, health insurance, and your other normal expenses before and after your trip. So, for June, we are showing the portion of our monthly expenses that went towards …

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Jun 26 2013

Our May 2013 Cost of Living

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Of course, when you go away on vacation, you still have all of your major expenses back at home – rent, utilities, health insurance, and your other normal expenses before and after your trip. For May, we thought we’d show the portion of our monthly expenses that went towards the vacation, and the portion that …

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Jun 26 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Vacation the Retire for Less Way!

We may be thrifty but, mostly, we like to get a good bang for a buck. But we also love to have a great time, and this vacation was no exception. Other than our expenses in Playa del Carmen (May 21-25) and the bulk of our airfare, we spent just $1650. International Living reimbursed us …

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Jun 10 2013

Have a Reserve Fund for Emergencies

If you’re retiring overseas and you have a pension or Social Security, that’s fine. But you better bring a cash reserve as well. How much? I don’t know. Bring what you can. Recently we suggested at least $20,000, but $120,000 would be better, and $220,000 even better. And when I say “bring down” I don’t …

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Jun 10 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: See the “Doctor” at Clinica de Ropa

Sometimes my clothes are “sick” and need repair – a hem, a new zipper, a tear to be mended, a hole to be patched, buttons to be sewn on, or maybe elastic to be replaced. So what do I do? Why, it’s simple! Just take those worn-out but fixable rags to the Clinic, of course. …

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Jun 10 2013

Our April 2013 Cost of Living and Our Transportation Budget Breakdown

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Our April 2013 living expenses totaled a mere $1741.38. It was such a good month we went back and double-checked everything, just to be sure. Even with our increased costs since moving to the new house, a bigger than usual grocery bill, and some other extra expenses, we were surprised to see that we didn’t …

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Apr 30 2013

Transportation: Budget Breakdown

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Our Transportation expenses of $195.33 this month were actually down, well below our average of $331.71 over the first four months of 2013. We didn’t take the bus or any taxis. The expenses in this category break down as follows for April 2013: Gas: $182.06 Tolls: $5.65 Parking: $2.60 Tire Repair: $5 In April, we …

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Apr 20 2013

Our March 2013 Cost of Living

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Our living expenses in March were pretty much right on target. The one category that came in higher than normal was transportation expenses. In March, our semi-annual car insurance premium of $161.00 came due, and we also took care of some regular maintenance on our car ($130.12: oil change, adjust brakes, repair windshield washer line, …

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Apr 02 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Sign Up for Skype, Vonage, or Magicjack

Communication is very important for expats today. Why, without it, I think we’d have fewer expats. The ability to communicate with those back home via Skype, Vonage, or MagicJack is the big difference between expats of 20+ years ago and today. All three – Skype,Vonage, and MagicJack – can save you lots of money over …

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