I went for a drive with some friends this weekend. One of my friends kindly offered to drive us around to the places we wanted to visit. All in all, it was a very fun girls trip out in the summer. As we were driving home, my driver friend commented that she was going to … Continue reading Owning Things for More Than Ten Years
I've debated many times whether I really want to be completely open about our finances and reveal everything. I am all for accountability, but I also don't want to divulge too much of our financial situation. But at this point, it feels like I need to be held accountable for my dreams. I've been doing … Continue reading Our Numbers
I did a bad thing last night. Yesterday, before going to bed, I made the mistake of browsing through different PhD programs from all over the world. Instead of going to bed early so that I can get some much needed rest, I spent two hours looking at different websites that offered all kinds of … Continue reading Getting a PhD. Is it worth it?
What constitutes an emergency, I wonder? Right now, I’m on a plane bound for Tokyo, but this was not the original flight I booked. My flight was scheduled to leave at 10:10 am with Jetstar Japan. However, due to mechanical problems, the flight was originally delayed. On further questioning, the ground staff said that at … Continue reading Flexibility
Pensioners and retirees are in an uproar here in Japan over a recent report by the Financial System Council. The study revealed that elderly couples (males over the age of 65 with a wife who is 60 or over) whose income is dependent on social security pensions are short an estimated ¥20,000,000 or USD $184,000 in … Continue reading Japanese Nenkin
I was listening to the Stacking Benjamins and the Afford Anything podcasts last week and they both had Ken Honda on the show. Ken Honda is known as the Mari Kondo of personal finances in Japan. He is one of those people who is financially independent but still works because he loves what he does. … Continue reading Arigatou Your Money
I try not to obsess about it, but I just can't help it. It doesn't help that I get a daily email from Transferwise telling me how much the dollar costs in yen. Part of the problem about me being an American living here in Japan is that my earned income is in yen but … Continue reading Exchange Rates