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Beaches, Waterfalls, and Wine Bars—Living the Pura Vida in Costa Rica

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on July 22, 2020

American expats and entrepreneurs Casey Siemasko and Dan Moore arrived in Costa Rica five years ago with just two backpacks and no intention of staying long term. The married couple had spent the prior few years as digital nomads, exploring the world while funding their travels via their online businesses. Once they’d spent some time […]

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Major Financial Change Is Coming…Here’s How to Prepare and Prosper

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on July 12, 2020

The first time I traded a share of stock was 1984. My mom thought I was an idiot. Not because I was investing—but because I was using a newfangled discount broker. When I told her about the low-cost commissions and the ability to use a touch-tone phone keypad to buy and sell stocks without human […]

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Truffle Hunts and Grape Stomps: A Richer Life and Business in the South of France

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on July 10, 2020

Johann and Lisa Pepin left the chilly winters of Chicago, Illinois to start an organic farm, Les Pastras, in Provence, France. Along with offering guests tailor-made truffle hunting excursions, the couple also hosts grape stomps during the month of September that comprise “the stomp” itself, a cheese and charcuterie buffet, all you can drink of […]

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Working Remotely From Italy: Affordable, Relaxing, and Enriching

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on June 20, 2020

Since moving to Italy, my morning commute is no longer mandatory. Rather it’s an indulgence…a gentle stroll along ancient brick-lined streets to get a freshly brewed espresso. Afterward, I might visit the gym, which is open again this week as life in Italy begins returning to normal. Then, I typically run some errands, before finally […]

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Earning U.S. Wages From a Resort Town in Costa Rica

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on June 19, 2020

“All you need is good internet and you can work from anywhere in the world.”  When Brittany Braucher from Springfield, Missouri heard these magical words from her employer, it opened up the opportunity for her and her husband, retired firefighter Gerry Koeneman, to move overseas.  Brittany has been working as an accountant for a construction […]

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Expert Tips for Making a Great Virtual Impression

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on June 11, 2020

Whether you’ve found yourself working from home or are a freelance worker in the gig economy, a key factor for success is the ability to present yourself and your ideas virtually. Being in front of a lens can be intimidating, whether it’s a Skype interview, a Zoom meeting, or an online PowerPoint presentation. But there […]

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What’s Painting Got to Do With It?—Strategies for Unlocking a Richer, Healthier Life

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on June 8, 2020

I recently finished a new painting—which is relevant from two trending perspectives. First, it fits into a broader trend of focusing less on “job” and more on “living.” To wit: I happened upon a British publication in my recent reading, and inside I found a story headlined: “The benefits of flexible working.” It basically made […]

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“How Our $60K Dream Home Gave Us a Rich Semi-Retirement in Mexico”

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on June 5, 2020

Originally from Ireland, Brendan and Gwen O’Toole immigrated to Canada with their daughter in 1988, where they started a successful tire and automotive accessory business. In 2000, the couple went on vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and immediately felt an affinity for the country. In the years that followed, they returned annually to either Puerto […]

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The Perks of Working Remotely From an Affordable Beach Resort City

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on June 4, 2020

A couple on vacation, anywhere from Disney World to Bali, is approached by a friendly stranger at their resort. Would the couple be interested in a free breakfast, theme park tickets, or a gift certificate?  In return, they need only attend a short sales presentation and tour. Of course, it’s a pitch for a timeshare, […]

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How to Reset Your Priorities for the New Normal

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on May 19, 2020

Last week, I agreed to write a freelance story about climate change research warning that as sea levels and temperatures rise, migration patterns in the U.S. will change. (Spoiler: Buffalo and Duluth could become “climate refuge cities” over the next few decades.) Now, here at The Savvy Retiree, changing weather and migration patterns aren’t really […]

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This Financial Tool Can Help Protect You Against the Coming Crisis

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on May 12, 2020

A few years ago when my grandmother died, I had the task of going through her effects and selling off everything in the house. I was struck by a piece of paper. I still remember the day she signed it. It was a carbon copy receipt for a certificate of deposit she and my grandfather […]

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Escape the “Groundhog Day” Cycle and Reclaim Control of Your Time

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on April 28, 2020

Many years ago, when I was writing the Love & Money column for The Wall Street Journal, I interviewed a longtime friend, Melissa, about paying people to do household chores. She told me she hires people for lawn maintenance or housecleaning because she’d calculated that she earns far more money on an hourly basis than […]

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