Monthly Financial Snapshot: December 2019

Since I posted my November update only a couple of weeks ago, I feel like I don’t have much news to write about. I have the entire week off as a company holiday, so I’m using this time to relax and recharge. I did a better job this month at cutting down on food spending … Read more Monthly Financial Snapshot: December 2019

Monthly Financial Snapshot: November 2019

My first full month in Japan as a working resident is over. I discovered that unlike the US, most companies here pay only one paycheck per month. My company in particular pays out one paycheck per month but it covers the previous month’s salary! As a result, I only got paid for my 1.5 weeks … Read more Monthly Financial Snapshot: November 2019

Monthly Financial Snapshot: October 2019

Well, it’s finally done. I successfully moved to Japan. There are still a couple of things that I need to finish setting up before I would consider myself completely “settled”, but I’m about 95% of the way there at this point. I’ve started my new job and I think I’ve been making good progress transitioning … Read more Monthly Financial Snapshot: October 2019

Monthly Financial Snapshot: September 2019

Most of this month was spent visiting family and continuing to prepare for my move to Tokyo. My visa paperwork arrived mid-month, but I discovered that I needed to go to the consulate for my state of residence to get my visa, which necessitated a last-minute trip to Chicago. Fortunately, I was able to book … Read more Monthly Financial Snapshot: September 2019

Monthly Financial Snapshot: August 2019

I spent most of this month getting rid of almost all of my possessions in preparation for my move. It was a little bit difficult parting with the things that I acquired over the past 4.5 years, but it was also relieving. Now that everything I own fits into two suitcases and a backpack, I … Read more Monthly Financial Snapshot: August 2019

Monthly Financial Snapshot: July 2019

My final month in Japan has come to an end, but not without some exciting developments. During this month, I had another family member come to visit me during my final weeks in Japan, so I got to play tour guide showing her around Tokyo and the Kansai (Kyoto, Nara, Osaka) region. Because my bank … Read more Monthly Financial Snapshot: July 2019

Monthly Financial Snapshot: June 2019

Another month gone by in my 3 month stay in Japan. This month was pretty good on the spending front. Since I have already pre-paid my housing, most of my spending this month was food and transportation. A family member came to visit during the latter part of the month, so I did some extra … Read more Monthly Financial Snapshot: June 2019

Monthly Financial Snapshot: May 2019

My first full month in Japan is officially over. This month I’ve been mostly staying in business hotels (small, no-frills hotels that cater to budget-conscious business travelers). I try to maximize my savings by changing hotels every few days when rates predictably spike for weekends, booking through Hotels.com which gives a free night after every … Read more Monthly Financial Snapshot: May 2019

Monthly Financial Snapshot: April 2019

There have been a few changes this month. For starters, I quit my job [cue gasps of shock and amazement]. By most typical measures, I had an excellent job situation: great salary and good benefits at a historically stable industry and company. However, over the last year or so, I had become increasingly pessimistic about … Read more Monthly Financial Snapshot: April 2019

Monthly Financial Snapshot: March 2019

Another month has come and gone. We finished the busy overtime period at work, and I got to do some traveling to see family as well. February and March are always my busy months at work, and I’m glad that they are finally over. I’m also glad that I was able to take some time … Read more Monthly Financial Snapshot: March 2019