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Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

How do you save money in one of the world's most expensive cities?


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Jean Su
Consultant, 39
I don't find Japan as expensive as some people have said it is -- I use the subway as much as possible and eat at the Japanese places. It's really great food at affordable prices.

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Miriam Streiman
Teacher, 24
When you get paid, you take your money out and put it in a secret hiding spot in your cupboard. That's how I sent money home, because money just vanishes here.

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Brian Tisza
Photographer, 30
You should try to hang around at your in-laws' house and drink lots of malt liquor. It's much cheaper than buying beer.

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Motoko Tisza
Architect, 31
I don't take taxis. I find it cheaper here compared to 10 years ago, except for transportation. If you get together a group of people and go to an izakaya, it's cheaper than a restaurant, and more fun.

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Paul Soprano
Performer, 33
Don't buy alcoholic beverages from a bar in Japan. Instead, carry a backpack with budget supermarket drinks, and pour them into a glass inconspicuously.

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Erica Yamashita
Student, 16
During the summer I worked at a summer school so I saved lots of money. I usually go shopping in the States 'cos it's cheaper, and when I do go shopping here, I take my mum with me.



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