Even buying household items and groceries can burn holes in your wallet if you don’t know how to shop smart. Luckily, there are some ways and places to shop that won’t break the bank. From thrift shops to dollar stores to strategically targeting sales, the below links contain practical tips for getting the biggest bang for your buck while still looking fabulous.
Thrift and Second-hand Stores
Japanese people tend to take good care of their clothes. As a result, second-hand stores are crammed full of vintage pieces at low prices. Don’t want to get off the couch? There are websites for surfing thrifted fashion as well.
100-Yen (Dollar Stores)
Everyone who lives in Japan loves the dollar store. Whether you’re buying souvenirs or place settings, Japan’s 100-Yen stores are an automatic first choice when looking for household items (and perhaps a few wacky kitchen gadgets) at heavily discounted prices.
Just like in America, Japan has regular holiday sales and events that will help you save money.
Souvenir shopping whether for friends or family, or simply for yourself, can be a fun but sometimes stressful process. Luckily, there are several go-tos that will make everyone from your mother to your old college roommate happy.
Not all supermarkets are created equal. If you want fresh fruit but without the fancy packaging and the hefty price tag, you have to know where to look. Learning how to navigate your local grocery will keep you healthy, and when done smart, save you a lot of money you would have spent eating out.
Where ever you live, strategizing how you spend your money is key to making smart lifestyle choices (and keeping your tiny closet from overflowing). Below is advice on how to live sweetly but cheaply, and also how some Japanese people like to track their finances.
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