Retire in Costa Rica: Retirement in Costa Rica for Americans

Retire in Costa Rica: Yes, You Can Afford It

After a lifetime of hard work, harder winters – and possibly hard up for money – how about retiring in Costa Rica. It’s a relatively safe place where the temperature’s always in the 70s, complete healthcare costs less than $50 a month for the two of you, where a two-bed, two-bath house rents for about…

Finance Retirement

Social Security Trustees Must Live in Alternate Universe

What’s gas cost now? Close to three bucks a gallon again? Wasn’t it about $2.25 at election time last November? Hmm. My electric bill is about 20 percent higher than it was a year ago. My phone service, thanks to the corporate toadies who laughingly “regulate” utilities here in Florida, has increased even more, as…

Health & Medical Retirement

Greedy Seniors Ruining & Bankrupting America

These days of so-called health care reform you can’t avoid newspaper headlines blaming seniors for selfishly spending so much of our national budget on their healthcare. This column, written in 2006, shows that little has changed… Greedy geezers get blamed for all America’s financial ills these days. What with gazillions of dollars going for Social…

Finance Retirement

Inadequate Social Security Cola: Most Important Issue Facing Seniors

In a recent poll by the nonprofit TREA Senior Citizens League, seniors ranked their need for a fair and realistic Social Security cost-of-living increase far more critical to them than the new Medicare drug benefit, or even the ability to import medicine at lower costs from abroad. This comes as no surprise to other seniors….

Finance Retirement

Crystal Balling

Every now and then I get out the old Crystal Ball and try to take a look down the road to see if there are any speed bumps coming up for seniors. Occasionally I run across a real surprise like finding out that we are no longer getting Social Security payments. Somewhere along the way,…


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