Black Friday, Japan

Things that make you go, hmm… Last week was Thanksgiving in the US, but I live here in Japan and there was hardly any mention of the holiday except from fellow Americans. However, the big thing that was on people’s minds was Black Friday–which made me go, “Huh?” Black Friday is such an American thing:Continue reading “Black Friday, Japan”

Point Cards and Stamp Cards in Japan

I am at Fujiya, our local cake place, choosing which cake to eat for dessert tonight. I make my choice and take out the money for this purchase. The lady pauses for a moment before she rings up my order. She seemed to be waiting for something. And then, “Do you have your point card?”Continue reading “Point Cards and Stamp Cards in Japan”

Consumption Tax Hike Japan 2019

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 trackContinue reading “Consumption Tax Hike Japan 2019”

Arigatou Your Money

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”

Show Me the Money

Yesterday, I went to the drugstore to pick up a few items. When I went to pay for my purchases, I ended up with a total of ¥1,014. I took out a ¥1000 bill and searched for change for the rest of the total. I came up with the ¥4–but even after spending a minuteContinue reading “Show Me the Money”

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems

I was talking to my mom and sister the other day through FaceTime. As we were chatting, my nephew came into view and suddenly said, “Mom, I need money to pay for my yearbook.” “Alright,” my sister replied. “When do you need it?” “Tomorrow.” She, naturally, flew into a rage. “I told you to tellContinue reading “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”

Savings Experiment

One of the things I tried when I wanted to just start saving was socking away actual bills and coins. Round 1 The first step I tried was to save every ¥1000 bill I had in my wallet at the end of the week. Basically, if I had any bills that were ¥1000, I wouldContinue reading “Savings Experiment”