Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005
I go shopping in sales, but don't go shopping very much and eat the lunch specials. I don't spend a lot of money, but I try to buy high quality goods, like leather shoes, not like the plastic ones that you can buy in Tokyo.
Interior designer, 26
My advice is to make your own food at home and live far away from the city and its temptation. These days, I make my dinner at home about twice a week. I don't make my lunch for work at home, though, but I should.
Go out with your boss. Moving in with your partner is also an excellent way to save money, but the most important one is cut back on going out drinking with your friends and always catch the last train home. No taxis!
Find entertainment that doesn't cost money. Shinjuku Gyoen only costs 200 yen. You can live very cheaply in Japan, by going to cheaper restaurants like ramen or curry shops. Just walking around can be entertainment in itself.
Area manager, 25
One possibility for saving money is to have two bank accounts going at the same time. You can transfer the money into the second bank account on payday, and after that make sure you don't keep the ATM card to it in your wallet.
My largest expense is definitely food consumption. If I can avoid eating at restaurants, then I reckon I can save a lot of money. Making your own food is a good idea. Also, every payday I transfer money back to Canada.