Category Archives: Cost of Living

x-ray showing Waylon's broken bone which necessitated our introduction to healthcare in puerto rico

our introduction to healthcare in puerto rico

Cartwheels at the beach provided an opportunity none of us really wanted; the opportunity to find out for ourselves what healthcare in Puerto Rico is like. Waylon loves doing handstands and cartwheels at the beach and is actually quite good.  A couple of weeks ago, he was attempting do a new trick; a cartwheel-flip off a

University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez entrance

cost of a college education in puerto rico

It’s no secret that the cost of a college education has been soaring stateside.  Beginning in the ’90s, the price has been rising faster than the rate of inflation, more than doubling from 1994 to 2014!   It had gotten to the point where I had

me salve is one place you can get good deals in puerto rico

good deals in puerto rico

Now that we are officially “Puerto Rican consumers”, we can see firsthand how heavily the odds are stacked against them (us).  It’s not enough that costs are naturally elevated just by virtue of living on an island.  We also have to endure the highest sales tax rate in the

marbetes sign - you must renew your auto insurance puerto rico annually

auto insurance in puerto rico

Every time we drove past the big yellow and red “MARBETES” sign we felt it, even if Holly occasionally left it unsaid:  “We probably SHOULD figure out how to renew our vehicle registration sticker….”  Well our sticker or “marbete” expires at the end of this month so I could

concerns about moving to puerto rico revisted on our one year anniversary of moving here

concerns about moving to puerto rico one year in

Its hard to believe that, as of this past Thursday, we’ve lived here in Puerto Rico now for a full year!  This move was a dramatic change of scenery for us, to say the least, so it’s no surprise that we had some concerns and reservations beforehand.  In this

picture of our familiy for our interview on expat.com

interview on expat.com

Last week I had the pleasure of doing an interview on expat.com.  If you haven’t read it yet, please have a look. http://www.expat.com/en/interview/596_david-in-puerto-rico.html As always, if you have any other burning questions they may have failed to ask, feel free to send them our way. :)

taxes in puerto rico

taxes in puerto rico

It’s that time of the year again; time to pay the taxman.  And for some of us here on the island, we get double the pleasure with TWO tax men to pay! Before I go on, let me state for the record that I am NOT a

our mexican salsa in puerto rico

mexican salsa in puerto rico

Those of us from south Texas LOVE our salsa and generally like it spicy-hot and fresh-made.  Holly and I are certainly no exception.  Any decent Mexican restaurant in San Antonio will have their own fresh-made salsa.  I remember the first time I asked for “salsa” at a restaurant here in Puerto Rico. 

power lines in the trees which can add to the cost of electricity in puerto rico

cost of electricity in puerto rico

Our house in Texas was perched on a hill overlooking the city of San Antonio.  The city lights view in the evening was absolutely magnificent.  It had nearly 3000 sq. ft. of living space with beautiful vaulted ceilings.   Our boys were both born while we lived there and made many precious

celebrating six months in puerto rico with fire crackers!

six months in puerto rico

Wait… 2015 is already over?  It certainly doesn’t feel like we’ve been living in Puerto Rico for six months already! Time absolutely flies by.  The speed at which the earth revolves around the sun seems to increase with each passing year.  Before we get too far into 2016,

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