Tag: LivingInternationally

Sep 03 2012

Should You Prepare Your Own Expat Tax Return?

Taxes have been on my mind lately. We filed an extension to the original deadline so for us, the deadline to file our U.S. Income Tax for 2011 is October 15th.  We came across the website for Taxes for Expats which has a lot of helpful articles and decided to share some with you in …

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Jun 23 2012

How do you define happiness?

Happiness can be different things to different people, but what is it really? One definition is that it is a “state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.” Another says that “Happiness is thought of as the good life, freedom from suffering, flourishing, well-being, joy, prosperity, and pleasure.” And “Martin Seligman, …

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Jun 11 2012

Crime Stats in Costa Rica

People often ask, “Why did you choose Costa Rica?” In answer, we often cite the following: Stable democracy Can drink water in 95% of the country Energy self-sufficient (85% hydroelectric, plus wind and geo-thermal energy) Improving infrastructure (roads, communications, etc.) High literacy rate (97%) Excellent and cheap transportation system No Army so defense funds go …

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Mar 16 2012

Your Vote Counts: Absentee Voting Information

Are you a U.S. Citizen living outside the U.S.? Do you want to vote in the 2012 elections? If you haven’t signed up for an Absentee Ballot, here’s the info on how to do it. The U.S. has made it easy. Just go to the website for the Federal Voting Assistance Program, located at http://www.fvap.gov/index.html.  Click the …

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Mar 16 2012

DIMEX, What is it? And Why Should It Matter To Me?

After our recent articles about our bank, Coopenae, & their 11.75% 12 month CD, more inquiries came in regarding investing here in Costa Rica. In the articles, we tried to address investors fears by answering questions about Coopenae , but in the process left out the fact that, in addition to being a legal resident, …

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Mar 08 2012

Speak Spanish at the Doctor’s Office – Video

Featured Speak Spanish Video: Speak Spanish at the Doctor’s Office http://youtu.be/AARnCauAtJE?t=24s    

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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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Feb 10 2012

How to Bargain in Spanish – Video

Featured Speak Spanish Video: How to Bargain in Spanish http://youtu.be/W4uDVB1DAZs  

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Feb 10 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Speak Spanish-Save Money

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Speak Spanish – Save Money Learning Spanish to save money tends to be more nebulous than other money-saving tips because it’s hard to put a dollar amount on how much you can actually save every week or month. But I do know that learning a …

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Jan 22 2012

Is Learning Spanish Your New Year’s Resolution? – Video

Is Learning Spanish Your New Year’s Resolution? – How to Learn Spanish in 2012 I don’t know about you, but the goal of learning a new language is daunting. In getting ready for our move to Costa Rica, I knew that knowing some of the language would help me with the huge transition of living …

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