Our tips on how to save money in Japan

Join us as we share our best life hacks and insider tips on budgeting in Japan, from both a foreign and Japanese perspective! Lead by our hostess, Shizuka, along with 3 very special guests, this is part 1 of our discussion on saving money in Japan.

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  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Tokyo Creative Talk

    What are your tips to save money in your country? Please let us know down below :)
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00


    For most foreigners, the single biggest expense will probably be rent.
    Unfortunately, the only way to make it cheaper would be to move to a different place... So there is not much you can do, I think...

    The second biggest expense is probably food.
    So the best way to save money is to make your own food at home, as often as possible.
    Eating out every day can easily consume most of your salary.
    You should try to avoid eating out as much as possible.

    One suggestion is to make 味噌汁 (miso-shiru) every day.
    Miso is extremely cheap, and last for a long time.
    And it is also extremely easy to make, all you have to do is boil whatever toppings you want and then add miso soon before turning off the fire. That is it. It only takes a few minutes to make, it is delicious and it is very healthy.
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Silver Surfer

    Yo I feel like I hacked a group Skype call, it's kinda weird ahahah
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Marco Abyss

    we should get ian and juri in here. they have the best money-saving tips for eating out and shopping :P

    PS i love you shizuka
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Fifi Finance

    Food should be seen as an expense. True😂 Limiting your budget for food can really help with waste. Goes for all three of the major expense categories; food, travel and housing, have a strategy for each😀
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  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Adam A

    bring Max d Capo in!!
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Trev Bermi

    man, i love shizuka. i hope i will have a gf like her.
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Tari Nai

    Everyone, you can help by using your computer to find a cure for the COVID virus!
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    taresy6789pp Pang

    Those who have less financial assebility in return gain further financial security ✌️ peace
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00


    I've lived in sharehouses in Kawasaki and in Hiroo, while working in the center of Tokyo and I must say, living near central Tokyo was worth the extra 30,000yen/month, especially if you have to commute a long time otherwise. Not having to deal with 50 min train ride one way while rush hour, where you can barely breath, plus the waste of time....it's expensive, but it's also worth it. Especially as some companies do not pay your train ticket, sometimes it's same price whether you live far away + pay your train fare and living at a more convenient place.
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00


    you can skip breakfast if you sleep in long enough
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Maurice W

    Hangaku, nuff said
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00


    Love chatting with you guys!! Hope some people found our tips helpful💪🏻❤️
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Reece Caruso

    Great suggestions! This is such an important topic to be discussing. I really enjoyed the video!
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Khaltzane Caisirce

    My biggest tip at least for travelling is stay away from Akibahara lol. I spent $400 in one day >.>
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Isak schulzy

    Good great vid mate
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00


    For those who like, regarding the bento discounts, there is an anime appropriately named Ben-to that realistically documents what happens irl during the time the discounts go out. /jk
    Well, at least in my mind. :P
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Little Giant Shiori

    I love supermarket discount stickers ;) And I miss Hanbei and hanging out with friends. The food isn't the best quality but feeling is nostalgic Japan and nice and the food is soooo cheap! And Torikizoku is one of the other budget izakaya but not doing well due to pandemic ;(
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Alston Jacobs

    I think a lot of the people who said food is expensive is American who get mini feast and each order. The rest are those who go to the restaurant with call people trying to draw your attention.
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00


    Why save $$$ when you can save ¥¥¥?
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Bernard Micallef

    Regarding food, we saved a lot by going to shopping malls such as Aeon and Ario and eating from the food courts. $10 and a full set meal for two, be it tempura, ramen, omurice or baked food from bakeries or if we wanted to splurge, Genghis Khan.
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Miraj Rahman-Blake

    Great content, I like this kind of video. It would be really cool to see the uncut version as well, even uploading it alongside the cut down edited version.
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Paul Meyer

    I'm putting togeather a budget for post covid immersion study and this is so helpful!
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00


    Having traveled most of japan and been to plenty supermarkets I've noticed them starting to reduce the premade food at around 5:30. Like shiori said they start with 10% and it can go as far as 70%. I've been that guy that waits in the vicinity of the staff member whos reducing the products :P
    Nothing like a big sushi box for half the price!
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Carla Nolalliv

    Shizuka, Shiori, Sharla, Sarah... I think I’m seeing a theme here 🤔
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00

    Azul 35

    Very cool video, as always!
  • Posted: October 13, 2020 17:00



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