Living on a Budget in Japan: Blog Matsuri


Welcome to the June 2009 Japan Blog Matsuri. This month’s theme is: “Living on a Budget in Japan” … as in budgeting your time, your money, your efforts, or anything else you can think of.

A lot of great articles were submitted. There’s much to be learned from the experiences of those who have felt the pinch in one way or another. So let’s take a look at what our contributors had to say.

Frugalista Japan presents:
Forget Budgeting – Do Conscious Spending
“Being frugal is state of mind, man~”

Tony at The Soul of Japan presents:
Living on a Budget in Japan
“No one should have to really budget in Japan if they know how to make money.”

The Ghost Letters presents:
Watch Your Money or Else you will End Up Homeless in Tokyo Real Quick
“…I have developed a few tricks to stretch my yen out a bit.”

Shane at The Nihon Sun presents:
Budgeting Your Time In Japan
“You can fit a lot into a short time in Japan but make sure to enjoy the journey!”

Craig at Smashed and Sinking presents:
How Can the Most Expensive Place on Earth Be Cheap to Live In?
“… I’ve saved more money than I could have possibly ever hoped to save in the US.”

Our Man in Abiko presents:
Top 10 ways to budget for Japanese politicians

Andrew at ALT Directory presents:
English Teacher Time Management
“The more you do, the more you get done!”

Jan at Janne in Osaka presents:
“Buy what you need, not what you want and you’ll be surprised how much money you save.”

Muza-chan at Muza-chan’s Gate to Japan presents:
Travel tips for visiting Tokyo
“… there are several companies offering Discount Passes, some available only for foreigners.”

Honor at Tokyo Topia presents:
Tokyo On A Budget
“… many people… get this image in their head that you can’t have a good time here unless you spend a fortune”

Thank you to all who participated. It was a pleasure to host this month’s Matsuri. Make sure you check out the July edition of the Japan Blog Matsuri hosted by Gakuranman.

Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page. The Japan Blog Matsuri is a regular round-up of news, blogs, travel reports, photos and other findings related to Japan. Each edition of the Matsuri is based on a Japan-related theme chosen by the host.

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11 Responses to Living on a Budget in Japan: Blog Matsuri

  1. Jamaipanese says:

    wow, can’t wait to dive into all these posts :D

  2. mcalpine says:

    Clean and simple. Nicely done.

  3. Gweb says:

    Ahh yeah! I’ve been waiting for these. Thanks!

  4. Mike says:

    Nice job BIlly! Sorry I couldn’t enter this time (pretty busy lately and I couldn’t think of any good advice). Hope I can follow you up well!

  5. Jun Okumura says:

    You want to save money, always buy 50%-off when it comes to meat and fresh produce..Canadian Maple Leaf pork, super-duper wagyu steak; spinach, fresh basil…it don’t matter, never pay full price.

  6. I’ve definitely got some reading to do! This matsuri is a real public service! Thanks for hosting and thanks to the contributors!

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  9. BloggerDude says:

    I don’t know If I said it already but …Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, :)

    A definite great read….

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  11. Your post reminds me of the time when we last visited Japan.
    We’ve been there for a week and everything about it is just awesome.
    We’re planning to visit there soon when our schedule will allow us.

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