Category Archives: Money

Reflecting on this week: Financing Your Move Abroad

“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, … Continue reading

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Redesigning Your Finances to Move Abroad: Others have done it, you can too!

Everyone always asks about the money…. When I would talk to acquaintances, colleagues, friends and family back in the USA about our plans to move to Costa Rica, I was met with all kinds of responses: awe, admiration, curiosity, thinly-veiled … Continue reading

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The Effect of Purging Our “Stuff” on My Life, Wallet, Soul, and Planet

Once we decided to sell our house and move to Costa Rica, the next step was to do a massive purge of the stuff in the house.  The purpose of this purge was three-fold: 1)  First, our wonderful real estate … Continue reading

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Selling Our Home Before Our Move Abroad

To sell or not to sell….. Once we decided to move to Costa Rica, one of the first choices we made was to sell our house.  I had a difficult time with this decision, because this house was my dream … Continue reading

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How do I fund my move abroad?

Inevitably, when discussing our move to Costa Rica, I am asked this question:  How were you able to afford moving to another country?  After all, whether or not someone has the option to embark on an adventure like this boils … Continue reading

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Cost of Groceries in Monteverde

I am often asked by USA/EU/UK friends and family as well as blog readers what the cost of living is in Monteverde.  Costa Rica is one of the most expensive Latin American countries.  Monteverde is one of the most expensive … Continue reading

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Why We Chose Costa Rica, Part 2: Finances, Infrastructure, and Quality of Life

In the previous post, I mentioned that the top criteria I was looking for in our new country were a stable government, safety, Spanish-speaking locals, and the availability of a good school for our children.  These are the other features … Continue reading

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