Tag: CostOfLiving

Jan 10 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: $1 Lunch at the Central Market

(Updated May 4, 2015) There are seven Central American Republics, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, and of these, Costa Rica may be the most expensive.  But the cost depends more on your lifestyle than anything else.  If you really want to simplify your life you will spend less than in …

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Jan 05 2012

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow – The Low Cost of Hair Care in Costa Rica

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow In the States, one of the service businesses that’s recession-proof is beauty and barber services. Everyone needs to have their hair cut (okay, unless you’re bald) and since long hair is not the fashion, most people go to the beauty salon …

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Dec 18 2011

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: The Gold Card-Don’t Leave Home Without It!

In Costa Rica, everywhere you go, Ciudadanos de Oro (golden citizens) are given special treatment. If you are over 65 years old and a legal resident of Costa Rica, you qualify to receive the “Gold Card.” In 1997, Costa Rica established the Ciudadanos de Oro Program to create a culture of dignity and respect for …

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Aug 09 2011

A Real No-Brainer, by George B. Hudson

When my wife Gail and I decided to retire we were faced with some important questions to answer. First of all, where would the retirement money come from other than our small amount of Social Security, and how could we make such a small amount go far enough for us that we could actually enjoy …

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Aug 07 2011

Video – Paul’s Money-Saving Tip: Live at the Cabinas

Check out Paul’s Money Saving Tip #1 Video about where we lived for most of our first four years in Costa Rica. After you watch the video, you can learn more about the Cabinas and contact the bilingual property manager, Cesar, regarding rates and availability at this link.  

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Jul 20 2011

Investing in Colones Certificates of Deposit

While we pay our rent in U.S. dollars, we pay for everything else in colones.  For the last two years, we’ve been using our debit card from our U.S. bank to withdrawal dollars for our living expenses, then walking into a local bank to exchange much of it into colones.  The exchange rate has gone …

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May 23 2011

Update on Our Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Instead of trying to explain the cost of living hypothetically, I thought I would instead explain our cost of living as it actually is for us. At this point, we have been in Costa Rica a little more than two years, and living/renting in “the cabinas” for two full years, so we have a pretty …

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Jan 04 2009

Rent, and Slow Down the Process

We at Retire for Less in Costa Rica would advise everyone to rent for one year, six months, or even just one month before buying any property. We know it’s tempting to buy when you are on a tour, or just going around the country looking for places to live. It’s so alluring, this beautiful …

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May 10 2008

Cost of Living is Less…for most things

Here in the Mid-Atlantic, our gas and electric bills have been steadily increasing out of control; our normal monthly bill during the winter costs us about $350, with another 8% increase around the corner; just two years ago, it would have cost $225. Costa Rica doesn’t need to import energy at high prices. In fact, …

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