Tag: CostOfLiving

Aug 06 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Buy Fresh Flowers

One of the great deals in Costa Rica is buying fresh flowers. I’ve always liked fresh flowers in my house. In Baltimore, we would generally buy flowers weekly or every other week at Trader Joe’s. They were a good deal there as well. A beautiful bunch, suitable for a vase on our dining room table …

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Jul 19 2012

Our 2012 Annual Cost of Living Update-First Six Months

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In the 2011 update on our cost of living in Costa Rica, we talked about the areas of savings we experienced over living in the United States. We broke down our living expenses here in Costa Rica, with emphasis in the big areas of housing, food and healthcare. Then we shared a breakdown of our …

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Jul 19 2012

Inflation in Central America

Costa Rica, arguably, is the most expensive country in Central America. Many retirees find that their cost of living is the same as in many parts of the United States. In some cases, living in Costa Rica can be more expensive. It depends on how you choose to live. If you want a lot of …

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Jul 19 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Save on Telephone Service

Since our arrival on April 1, 2009, much has changed regarding telephones and telephone service in Costa Rica. In the last year, the market has opened up to competition and reception and service has improved dramatically. Much of what is available in the States is available here, although technically Costa Rica is about a year …

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Jun 04 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Visiting the Dentist, Part 2

After hearing about her great experiences with her dentist, Paul asked our neighbor, Lisa, at the Cabinas to write a brief article for our newsletter.     Who’s Afraid of the Dentist Now? By Lisa Kolber My first encounter with Dra. Stephanie came when in June of last year I had a problem with a …

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May 07 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Visiting the Dentist

(Udated 8/17/15) Generally, dentistry is a good deal in Costa Rica. In 2010, Costa Rica had 36,000 medical tourists and 51% of those were for dentistry. Most people hate to go to the dentist, but go anyway, as one of those necessary evils we endure to keep our smiles bright and healthy.   My dentist …

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Apr 05 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Visiting the Veterinarian

A lot of Expats in Costa Rica have pets, and sometimes we need to take them to a veterinarian. In Costa Rica, the vet is a big money-saver when compared to the U.S. We’ve had cats in the States, and we always dreaded vet visits because they cost so much and were sometimes unexpected. The …

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Mar 08 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Don’t Buy a Car

Revised 12/4/16 This is the flip side of one of my other money-saving tips, “Take the Bus.” Naturally, if you don’t have a car, you will in fact take the bus, cab or walk more frequently. Elaine St. James, in her book, Simplify Your Life, classifies “get rid of your car” as “Hard-Core Simplicity” We …

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Feb 10 2012

11.75% Colones CDs: Answering Your Questions

Many people have written to us asking questions about our local investments at Coopenae, so we thought we would follow up and try to answer some of the most common questions. Usually they have to do with why we chose to invest there and whether or not it’s safe. We met with Marco Ramírez Jiménez, the …

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Jan 10 2012

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 or barber on a regular basis. The same is true in Costa Rica. Ticos may …

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