Tag: CostOfLiving

Mar 14 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Save on Car Repairs

Car repairs are a real bargain in Costa Rica. I know I write about cars a lot — should you buy or not buy a car? Should you ship a car or get one here? For us expats, a car also acts like a barrier to integration, even though it’s very convenient. And plenty of …

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Mar 14 2013

Our Cost of Living for January & February 2013

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As most of you probably know, we moved from our “all inclusive” cabina to a private house in mid-December. So from this point on, we are paying our own utilities and other expenses in addition to the rent. So here is how it shakes out for January and February 2013: In the past, our normal …

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Jan 24 2013

Our 2012 Cost of Living Summary

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If you like numbers, you’ll like this article.   The results are in. In 2012, after almost 4 years in Costa Rica, we were still able to live on less than $2,000/month, for a total of $23,525.05/year. While we spent $1097.69 more in 2012 than we spent in 2011, we still come in under the …

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Jan 24 2013

Our December 2012 Budget

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December is usually an odd month budget-wise. There’s Christmas, of course, and Gloria’s birthday. And this year we also had our move from the Cabinas to our rental house. Plus, there is the yearly Marchamo due on our car. Surprisingly though, we had a very good December in terms of our spending. Here’s how it …

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Jan 10 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Buy Just What You Need

In the States or Canada, don’t you usually save money when you buy in bulk? Not necessarily so, in Costa Rica. Interestingly, the “large economy size” of many products in Costa Rica can actually cost more per unit than buying the smaller size. There are exceptions of course. Wal-Mart is here now, the king of …

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Dec 22 2012

In the Mailbag – December 2012

In the Mailbag From time to time, we receive notes from our readers that we think would be helpful to others, so we will begin publishing them, with the writer’s permission, in our “Mailbag” section. We chose the following note to share with you, not because the writer is complimentary to us, but because it …

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Dec 22 2012

Our November 2012 Cost of Living

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Since we were busy in November giving tours of San Ramon and the western Central Valley, and traveling more than usual, we had some higher than normal car expenses. In addition to gas, this includes some regular maintenance (2 new brake pads in front & 2 new brake shoes in rear; oil change, lube & …

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Nov 30 2012

Back on Track – Our October 2012 Budget Update

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We’re still saving at least 30% per month over our living expenses in the U.S., but about four years ago, when we arrived in Costa Rica, it was a little easier to stay below $1800 a month than it is today. However, we didn’t come to Costa Rica just because it was less expensive, though …

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Nov 15 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica – Take Advantage of Free and Inexpensive Classes and Events

People always ask us, “What do you do all day” — hence, our monthly “What’s Up with the Yeatmans?”  There is so much available to do – there are yoga and exercise classes, dancing, entertainment, art classes and exhibits, music classes, everything at low prices, like $10 for a whole 10-week session. In San Ramon, we …

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Oct 20 2012

Things Happen – Our September Budget Update

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We always advise people to come to Costa Rica with some extra money – at least $15,000, $25,000, $50,000 over their Social Security or Pension, because unexpected things happen and can blow any budget. For us, a pair of eyeglasses and a new radiator blew our September budget. If it weren’t for those unexpected expenses, …

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