About 70% to 80% of
As long as I’m talking about money-saving, I will delve further into this topic which is of great interest to many foreigners living in country with quite a high standard of living. Especially now with the appreciation of the dollar to the yen, I am literally losing money just by letting my
-Train ticket everyday= 140 yen x 2 ways = 280 yen = $2.50
-Bus ride= 200 yen x 2 ways = 400 yen = $3.58
-Lunch= about 500 yen = $4.47
So that comes to… $10.55 U.S. dollars per day, 5 days a week, 4 weeks a month comes to $211 per month. So after living like this for a couple weeks I noticed that I was spending quite a bit of money, and keep in mind this is only commuting and lunch, it doesn’t include groceries, and the occasional going out/ shopping etc…
After looking at numbers I made a few adjustments, first I purchased a commuter pass for 3 months which gives a slight discount on the train, second I only take the bus one way (going up obviously) thereby cutting bus expense in half, and third I bring my own lunch. The conclusion: my daily expense is down to 200 yen, or $1.79, YAY! plus lunch, but it’s so cheap at the local frozen foods store.
Additionally, for anyone looking into studying in Japan in the near future, this whole “spending money thing” may become a problem for you as well, so check out this cool website about how to save money in Japan: http://frugaljapan.com/