July 2020 Update

So Ms. Kanto and I have officially crossed the six-month mark of living in our new house. When we decided to move in together, I think it was more of a general “quality of life” decision than anything financially.

The good thing is that we’ve actually been able to save more money on a monthly basis as a result.

Spending breakdown before and after our move
Spending breakdown before and after our move

However, this isn’t a perfect science. The neighbourhood we moved to has three different groceries, and certain items are cheaper at certain stores. Before, we didn’t have as many options as to where we could purchase certain foods.

July actually ended up being the most expensive month of 2020 so far.

July 2020 spending
July 2020 spending

While most categories came in at under the 6-month average, the main expenses all have to do with travel and hotel costs. We ended up taking a trip to a popular beach on the northern coast. As popular as it may be, it was essentially empty when we arrived.

Takenohama Beach
Takenohama Beach

The surrounding town didn’t have too much going on. We were more or less limited to convenience store food which we’re definitely getting tired of (albeit, they did have vegetarian burgers). For our next trip, we’re definitely going to target an area where there’s a handful of vegetarian restaurants. I took a look at Kamakura and it’s definitely very promising.

Empty streets of Takeno
Empty streets of Takeno

Lastly, as is our little tradition, we stopped by a new Indian restaurant so we wouldn’t have to worry about cooking once we arrived back.

Indian food
Indian food

Now that I’ve got a bit more time on my hands, I’m planning to do a monthly post in addition to the monthly updates. Stay tuned!

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