“How much do you weigh?” the insurance lady asks me. I give her a number in kilograms. She waves the number away and proceeds to give me advice on how I can approach this application with the best way to lower my monthly rates. If you do X, your rates will increase next year. If you do what I tell you instead (Y), then you … Continue reading Our Insurance Lady
How do you deal with changes in life and where your company is heading? Continue reading Changes
New rental income means I have to do my Japanese taxes differently this year. Continue reading Procrastination, Filing Japanese Taxes Edition
So it’s been more than a week since the consumption tax hike here in Japan. I haven’t experienced anything earth shattering since then. Considering all the media attention and the panic that ran rampant in the streets regarding this issue before October 1st, I find the second week really underwhelming. But let me back track a little. Essentially, the Japanese government, under Abe’s leadership, needs … Continue reading Consumption Tax Hike Japan 2019
Okay, I’ll admit, I don’t have life or disability insurance. Somehow, I seem to be okay with it. I know, however, that as an adult, it’s one of those things that I need to take care of. The thing is, my husband and I have no children. I am also not the main breadwinner in our relationship so I feel like I don’t really need … Continue reading Do I Really Need Life Insurance?
Yay! It’s my favorite season. I’m kidding, of course. I just finished my Japanese taxes and I have to admit that it was so easy. For now. Right now, I have one income source and my company and my town have been good in providing the documents that I needed. This year was the second time I did my taxes online through the Japanese e-tax … Continue reading Paying My Taxes in Japan
In the previous post, I talked about taking a big step toward financial independence by buying property. It took me years to actually build up the courage to jump on this idea. I have the capital already, it took me a while to become comfortable with spending all my hard-earned savings in one big move. Today, I took the first step by signing a contract … Continue reading Moving the Needle
You’re riding the trains to work, being packed in by the station attendant until the passengers are squished together like sardines in a can. Once you get to your destination, friendly public service announcements gently remind you in all languages: “Please make sure you take all your belongings with you.” Out of the station, J-Pop filters over hidden loudspeakers. The latest idol group is promoting … Continue reading Ten Ways Living in Japan Has Made Me Financially Better