Daily Archives: June 4, 2014

Cost of Living day 3

So you know that one thing you can count on in Costa Rica is that your day will never go as you planned, but it will go as it should be. I actually went out to have lunch at one of our favorite restaurants and thank finish my grocery shopping and look for some gym equipment. Well I got most of that accomplished in 5 hours. :-)

So lets start with lunch shall we. Got to Kay’s at about 12. Had a very nice lunch see pictures below. It was a much better price than we had the other day at Hard Rock Cafe and there was more food! it didn’t cost me 2 additional trips to the Treadmill to work it off either, so it was a win all the way around by eating local and not at a chain. The price of 10,500 colones in addition to what you are about to see 2 coke lights as well.

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This was the Mama’s Meatloaf special. It was very tasty. The meatloaf was seasoned well and it was not dry! Always a plus! The string beans were very good and the potato was a nice touch and there was bacon!!!!! The side salad was good as well.

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This was 2 veggie omelets that had a good taste, lots of veggies and very filling.

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That is the chocolate cake that came with my meatloaf special. It was good as usual, but a little on the small size. I know it was free with the meal, but a little bigger would be nice.  It was smaller than what is usually served. I’m sure Kay was looking after my diet for me! :-) Over all still a good price for 2 coke zero’s, and unlimited ice tea (came with my special) and a full size piece of chocolate cake my wife ate, that I forgot to show which was about 3x bigger or more than this one. Cost was 10,500 colones.  Much better deal than yesterday!

So, after lunch we went off to find the gym equipment store that a couple people told me about. Guess what! Its not there any more! Go figure! It always seems to work that way. When you want something it just all of a sudden goes away. So that wasted time. Ok so lets go to the mall and visit the GNC. I did not include those purchases as it is very special items for our diet. That really shouldn’t count in the budget. We did get everything we wanted to get there. Some protein powder and protein bars and such. Mainly for snacking. You will notice no fruit in my shopping. So finally we are off to the grocery store.

This trip I decided to shop at Pricesmart for the few items. I say a few items as I forgot to make a list and didn’t get everything. So I will be going out later today to get what I forgot yesterday. What I would like to do is pick up the same items in the same quantities at other places each week so you can see the difference. I should have bought less but its Pricesmart so everything is in bulk!  Here is what I bought and the cost. This will last me about 2 weeks. I still need to get me some eggplant, onions, fish, and dog food. Hopefully that will  happen today. May check out the dreaded Maxi Pali that just opened up yesterday. If its not too crowded.

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6500 Colones $11.73

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950 colones or $1.71

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1350 colones or $2.44

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2125 colones or $3.84

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5195 Colones or $9.38 I get these to handle my sugar drops. They are the best calories for the carbs.

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1175 colones or $2.12

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7173 colones or $12.95 this will make about 4 meals for us or more.

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5198 colones or $9.38 There are 60 eggs total. Yes I had 3 for breakfast today.

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3695 colones or $6.67 I buy this as I use mushroom in everything. i like fresh but a small tray of fresh is almost this price. They are good if you marinate them before you use them. I put them in a bowl in the fridge with garlic since I put them and garlic in almost everything I make.

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7295 colones or $13.17 in the states this would be under $10 a bit more, but really what else can you use? Never looked if there is a local brand?

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8995 colones or $16.23 Dog treats. This might last a week. Remember I have 10 dogs. :-) I’ve tasted them they are pretty good. :-) I wouldn’t eat a whole one, but I understand why my dogs love them!

 

So there are the groceries for the day. Yes you can get them cheaper other places and I will try to do that next time. I like the broccoli at pricesmart as it is precut and always looks good. Sometimes the local Ferria or Grocery stores have dark areas all though out so I don’t like getting it there. Ok now for the budget update.

day 3

Doesn’t look good for me. Still have electric, pool service, and community fees to pay. We are eating out again today for lunch. Again local place so cross your fingers.

Pura Vida!

 

 

 

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Food Chick tip of the day Part 3

Today’s Chick Tip…..day three of this nearly meatless meal. The sandwich is a Portabella mushroom slider!

  1. Marinate the mushrooms in the vinaigrette we made on day one. When I marinate mushrooms I like to fill the cap first and let it sit for about thirty minutes and then flip it over and add a tad bit more marinade to the top for about 10 minutes (you can marinate for up to 3 hours without the shroom shriveling).

 

  1. Over medium high heat cook the tops first for about 3-5 minutes, being sure to turn for grill marks), flip and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.


3. Serve on your favorite slider style bread or roll (I used the gluten free Rosemary Focaccia bread from last week’s Chick Tips).

4. Top with sliced avocado and lettuce!

To put this meal together simply toss the BACON and bean salad with watercress and baby spinach. (I like the bacon and bean warm and tossed with the greens)

This is a great summertime meal, I hope you all enjoy it SOON!

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When Buying Real Estate …

bestandworstofcostarica:

Very good information that I thought I should share with everyone!

Originally posted on Outlier Legal:

Unfortunately, I have seen and heard enough stories of people losing thousands, or millions of dollars because of a bad real estate transactions. Sadly, more often than not, people look for legal advice when they already have problem. It is rare for people to think of legal services and assistance as a preventive measure in order to avoid a fiasco.

This time, I am going to elaborate into the intricacies of buying or selling real estate. Hopefully, you will find this information valuable as a starting point when planning on buying real estate in Costa Rica. Please note that although my goal is to elaborate into real estate in Costa Rica, some of the language used is the English version as used in most US jurisdictions. I decided to do it in this fashion that most readers are from the US and that this is the legal language used in…

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