Shopping on a Budget, Top Three Stores of Choice in Japan

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  • When you visit a country as a tourist, I’m sure one thing you have in mind is the budget cost. Everyone considers this before venturing into the unknown. Budgeting can save you a great deal of money.

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    You can never forgo shopping when you go traveling. Never again will you make a tight budget an excuse. Shopping is one of the treasured moments, especially for women. But it doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. Here are some tips for those who’d want to go shopping in Japan.

    100 Yen Shops

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    You can buy nearly anything for 100 yen in these shops. The shop is usually huge with abundant variety of goods provided, such as sewing materials, towels, socks, gloves, underwear, bowls, plates, detergents, tea cups, rice, toys, pins, boxes and a lot more! However, the consumption tax is not included in it. You’ll still be paying extra 8% when checking out (as of 2015). Be warned, there will be a tax hike within the next couple of years from 8% to 10% (planned on 2016)!

    Supermarket

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    This is the easiest and cheapest way to get your necessities. If you’re in Tokyo, here are some of the recommended supermarkets: OK Supermarket, Ozeki Supermarket, Y’s Mart, Hanamasa, Costco, Donki and Yamaya. You’ll have more chances of getting bonus and regular discounts. Some of them provide very good deals.

    Local Recycle Shops

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    For those who are planning to stay longer, you might as well consider recycle or second-hand shops. You can find almost anything in it such as clothing, toys, household items, books and a lot more. Number one rule, however, is to never haggle. They say it used to be common in Japan before, but not now. What you see is what you get. If the price is a little expensive for you, you can always find other recycle shops.

    Take note of these tips to help you save on your next trip to Japan!

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