The Truth About How Much It Costs To Live In Costa Rica

When I tell people that my family lives in Costa Rica, they often respond with things like, “Yeah, I hear it’s really cheap there.”.

No, it’s not.

Overall, the cost of living is a bit lower than in the US. And you can live cheaply if you’re frugal and don’t mind a very basic lifestyle. But if you want the amenities that you have back home, you’ll be spending at least 60% of your usual budget, and possibly much, much more. read more

Free Calls To/From The US And Canada? Here’s How!

It’s easy for American and Canadian residents to get free phone service while traveling in other countries. The people who contact you will also get free calls. There are several options. They all involve mobile apps.

If you have an Android phone, you can download these apps for free from the Google Play Store, which is pre-installed on your phone. If you can’t find it, locate the icon that looks like this: read more

Mac: Schedule Automated Uploads/Syncs To Mega’s Cloud

The highest speeds and the lowest cost for uploading data usually happen in the middle of the night. If you’d like to schedule your Mega cloud syncs to happen automatically while you’re asleep or away from your computer, read on.

This was tested on a Macbook Pro running OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). The process to schedule automated uploads is simple, and anyone can do it, but be sure to follow these steps exactly. To make the magic happen, you’ll need: read more

How To Keep Your Mac’s Uploads & Downloads Alive

Many Mac users have have problems keeping their uploads and downloads alive when they walk away from the computer. This has been an issue since at least Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8). Since the bug only affects a small subset of users, and their setups vary, it’s been hard to track down and fix. The bug can cause both wifi and ethernet connections to be dropped. read more

How To Make A Leela Costume (from Futurama)

Everyone’s favorite one-eyed babe, Leela, is captain of the Planet Express spaceship on the animated series ‘Futurama’. Go solo as this sexy woman with attitude, or pair up with a Fry for a great couples’ ensemble. We’ll start with the basics, but read on. We even give you templates for Leela’s Wrist LoJack-a-mater and her giant eye! read more

Learn How To Help A Candidate

The hallmark of any democracy is the ability (indeed, the duty) of its citizens to choose their representatives. In recent years, pollsters and pundits have taken a good deal of that choice away from us. Don’t let elections be decided before a single vote is cast. Take charge by supporting the candidates YOU want. read more

Fight Depression! Learn How To Cheer Yourself Up

Nearly everyone experiences depression at some point in their lives. It can manifest as anxiety, exhaustion or just feeling emotionally dead, but it’s never fun. Fight back! Follow the tips below and get your smile back.

As a warmup, spend some quality time making faces at yourself in the mirror. Focus in particular on creative ways to stick out your tongue. Laughing is encouraged. Then read The Onion, or watch funny videos. Now you’re ready for full-body laughs. read more

Learn How To Sing Better Instantly!

All of us have to sing at some point, even if it’s just a simple ‘Happy Birthday’. Believe it or not, you can sound better in minutes! Use these simple tips and techniques to improve your voice and your confidence. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the next star at Karaoke night. read more

Costa Rica: Learn How To Activate Your Kölbi Phone Card + Tips

Traveling to Costa Rica? If your phone supports the Tico frequencies, you can get data, messages and local calling with just a SIM card and a pre-paid “tarjeta”. And if you sign up for Google Voice + Hangouts, you can make and receive free international calls using wifi! read more

How to Cross the Costa Rica / Panama Border at Rio Sereno

This tutorial will save you time, effort and hassle when traveling by land from Costa Rica to Panama and returning. The Rio Sereno border crossing is much, much less crowded than the Paso Canoas crossing, and it’s cheaper and easier to pass through by car. On the other hand, there’s not nearly as much to buy. read more