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[15 Dec 2008 | 4 Comments | 229 views]

We’ve got a little quandary going.  Our general Costa Rica plan was to move to part of the Central Valley (aka CV), live for a few months and then consider moving to the Caribbean coast.  The when regarding moving to tropical beach paradise monkeyland was ambiguous – it might have been 6 months or a year.  I didn’t think we’d have to make any sort of decision til we got there, but that’s not the case.
Last week, someone we met and have kept in touch offered us their house for …

finances, rant »

[30 Apr 2008 | 2 Comments | 216 views]

For many – if not most – it’s not. The cost now is obscene – $160,000 for 4 years. If the goal is not a professional degree or the plain pursuit of knowledge, it’s a waste. A few years back a college acquaintance told me he was going back for an MBA. I asked why:
Him: ‘If I get an MBA, I can be an entrepreneur.’
Me: ‘Um… why don’t you just start a business instead?’
Him: (some blather about needing a degree, degrees opening doors, other nonsense)
People need …

costa rica, finances, travel »

[16 Apr 2008 | 2 Comments | 742 views]

Insidecostarica.com translated an article from the Costa Rican daily newspaper Al Dia. It’s still quite reasonable, but doesn’t take into account the kind of expenses an expat with different habits might incur. Overall, it’s quite promising but we still have to consider health insurance and broadband internet – both of which can add up to $250 each to the budget. I’ve added dollar conversions to all the figures.
More than ¢450.000 ($908) Needed For Family of Four To Meet Basic Needs
A recent survey by the …

finances, simple living »

[10 Dec 2007 | 2 Comments | 197 views]

Last year, I vented a bit about Christmas giving.  Trish and I revisited the issue and instead of my $10-15/person gift idea, she and her sisters decided on doing a ‘Secret Santa’ deal with a $50 budget.  That would allow for one nice present rather than 5 books/cds/t-shirts/etc.  And the gift has to be thoughtful, though some family members have still released lists of preferred gifts. (shame on thee, ye of so little faith ;-))
I’m really happy about the idea, though I’m still working on what to get for my …

costa rica, finances, travel »

[7 Nov 2007 | 7 Comments | 521 views]

Figuring out the actual cost of living has been hard since we’ve spent 8 days in essentially tourist areas.  Cahuita was slow, laidback and quite small.  Aside from the beach and national park, there’s nothing there.  That fact, along with the distance from the Central Valley, made us realize that the Caribbean coast was not the place for us, at least not at this time.  (We were in Puerto Viejo for a couple of days as well, but the whole party town vibe didn’t grab us either.)
Since it was a …