How many times have you’ve heard that Japan is an expensive country?
Before I move here, I prepared myself to be extra careful because I was worried I would have a hard time budgeting my dough. Because like every girl, I LOVE SHOPPING!
Back in the Philippines, I buy my clothes, shoes, and bags in used/ recycle shops and garage sales. I want to save up money, but at the same time be fashionable as much as I can. Who says you need money to be stylish?
Japan is indeed an expensive country compared to my lovely home country, but if you know where and when to shop, you don’t need to worry!
Here are my tips for thrifty shopping bonanza in Japan!
I LOVE SALES! Most of the time, Japan has a clearance sale. It usually happens in the beginning of the season or before it ends. You’ll see in the malls, “summer, autumn, spring or winter clearance sale.”
My dilemma, whenever there's SALE!
Take advantage of it while you can! I have bought a lot of clothes, shoes, and accessories in H&M that cost around 300- 1,000 yen only!
2. LUCKY BAGS
You can buy this item in an affordable price, but the catch is you don’t really know what you’ll get. Stores selling these “lucky bags or
When I bought one of these babies, my friend also had one so I just exchanged with her the items I didn’t really fancy.
3. Look out for FORUMS
Foreigners in Japan come and go and so are their belongings. When Gaijins decide to finally let go of their possessions, they just give it away or sell it at an affordable price so they can get rid of it, as soon as they can, before they go back to their home countries.
I live in Yamagata City and I often go to Sendai. There is a forum in Facebook called “Sendai Flea Market,” where people in Miyagi (mostly foreigners) post the things they’re selling or giving away. All you need to do is chat how are you going to pay for the item you want and how to pick it up.
4. RECYCLE SHOPS
It’s got to be one of my
One of the popular recycle shops in Japan is the “OFF CHAINS” (Hard-Off, Book-Off, etc.) They have a chain that is dedicated to signature products. I can’t remember the name though but I’ve seen one in Sendai. Comment on this article if you know the name of the shop I’m talking about.
As side from the OFF CHAINS, you have a bunch of
The freaky mannequins in Don Don Down xD
Don Don also gives out a point card. If you marked all the boxes, you get a 500 yen discount! But you can only use the card in the city where you got it. That’s why I have my Yamagata and Sendai card.
It’s sad, but many stores go bankrupt. However, they give amazing discounts before saying their goodbyes, so watch out for those!
Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions how to get amazing discounts! ^^
I love travelling, eating, and drawing! I used to be a writer in a lifestyle magazine, Philippine Primer.
My writing skills are getting rusty, so hopefully writing in City Cost will get me back on track!