Monthly Archives: October 2005

More Coins

We took a trip the kinkakuji (the golden temple – another world heritage site) in Kyoto and it was a beautiful day with the temple reflecting in the water around it: Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion It was also another place where … Continue reading

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$200 Mushrooms

As I mentioned before, prices in Japan can be expensive. We went for an excursion in the Japanese countryside and came across a bunch of Matsutake mushrooms for sale. $200 mushrooms While I must admit that these mushrooms do taste … Continue reading

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Classic Money Wasting Mistake

I need to follow my own advice better. While I thought we had gotten a good deal buying the seaweed spread at the 100 yen (dollar store), it turns out we wasted that dollar. Paul had his seaweed spread on … Continue reading

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Strange Food Part 2 – $1 Stores

As I mentioned before, one of the goals of my friend is to eat a number of strange foods while in Japan. Yesterday we took off to Nara. It is known for the largest bronze Buddha in the world that … Continue reading

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Himeji Castle & Coins

Himeji Castle We took a trip to Himeji Castle yesterday which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it was a beautiful day to visit. One part of the castle is Okiku’s Well: This castle has a famous ghost story … Continue reading

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Shopping For Strange Foods

As I mentioned earlier, I have friends visiting me this week. Day one was spent at the hospital (long story that I’ll get to in another post when I have a bit more time to write) and today we’re off … Continue reading

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I-Bonds Purchase Update

The purchase of the $1000 I-Bonds (for my niece)went through without a hitch and now it’s a matter of waiting to see if I made the correct decision in purchasing them in October rather than November. Either way, it will … Continue reading

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Money Quote – W. J. Cameron

“Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money.” – W. J. Cameron

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One Person’s Trash Is Another Person’s Treasure

It was one of the big trash days out here a couple of days ago. Now when people throw things away, one would assume that they are throwing away things that are no longer working, but that certainly is not … Continue reading

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Bought An I-Bond

I mentioned earlier that I opened a Treasury Direct account to place some of the money that my niece is saving for her college education. While the plane is for me to invest the money in Japanese antiques, I don’t … Continue reading

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Money Quote – Adlai Stevenson

“There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.” – Adlai Stevenson

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How To Be Poor

I ran across this site called How To be Poor (and keep all your original teeth – it looks like he has a revolving subtext as I have also seen “Pinch Your Pennies Like A Pro” and “And How to … Continue reading

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Money Quote

“If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money can’t buy.” – Unknown

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Carnival Monday

Okay, it’s still late Sunday night, but the Monday carnivals are already up. Blawg Review is hosting Carnival of the Capitalists which has my The Best Investment You Can Make post. Consumer Commentary is hosting the Carnival of Personal Finance … Continue reading

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Reasoning For Taking The Plunge

I received an email asking me about me decision to take the plunge and try and make the websites my full time job instead of concentrating on auctions for my income since they seem to be making more money. There’s … Continue reading

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Interesting Week Ahead

I have a good college friend coming in on Tuesday for 10 days with his wife and I’ll be giving them the tour around Western Japan. Since I’m writing about personal finances I’ve been debating whether or not to include … Continue reading

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Money Quote – John Ruskin

“It is physically impossible for a well-educated, intellectual, or brave man to make money the chief object of his thoughts.” – John Ruskin

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Growing Gold

As you have probably heard a million times from your parents growing up, money doesn’t grow on trees, but it may now be found in the roots and leaves of corn, canola or mustard plants according to a short piece … Continue reading

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Last Minute Halloween Costumes

It’s getting down to crunch time on finding that perfect Halloween costume. Since Halloween isn’t really celebrated in Japan, the expatiates usually take over a train car on the Osaka loop line and spend the evening celebrating while going around … Continue reading

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Public Transportation

I’m a huge fan of public transportation, at least here in Japan. No doubt that it is expensive and most Americans would likely have a mini heart attack if they saw the prices, but it’s still a lot less than … Continue reading

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