Before we feel the full effects of suffocating inflation, I felt that I would reinforce a final word to us foreigners in Japan to emphasize this last opportunity for the soon-to-be foregone 8% consumption tax.
That’s right, ‘save’ 2% when you buy nearly anything in the next 72 hours before
Black Tuesday, October 1st, 2019, when the consumption tax is raised to 10%.
Eat out at a restaurant, buy cooking sake, stockpile alcohol and other non-food supplies, buy a car or a house to ‘cash in’ on this involuntary inflation.
Have you gotten a raise lately?
Otherwise, you can go collect points!
The new points system will hopefully be better than my local craft sake shop where you spend a total of $1,000 loyally bringing your loyalty card for every purchase to receive a ‘free’ t-shirt for you to freely advertise their store. That’s right, pay $1,000 on alcohol to douse your torso in their advertising. To further capitalize on this amazing deal you can become an employee: you already bought the uniform at 50 times the retail price.
My favorite Korean restaurant chain here has a similar t-shirt deal upon spending hundreds of dollars on beer and Korean barbecue. Why not?
Or my local somewhat crafty goods store where you can pay a familiar $1,000 in goods to receive $5 off your next purchase.
Or, like most people I assume, partially save up for these small discounts and then lose the card or move away. Or, loyally continue going to these stores without your loyalty card.
I think that in-store smiles are worth more than the monetary value that you will receive after years of purchases but I’m not sure which is more scarce.
If we can understand the new deals, they will hopefully be more beneficial than advertising a store by wearing their t-shirt, because the government wants its cake and to eat it too.
That is, avoid an economic collapse by spending your way into prosperity!
Stop what you are doing, go out and save two or five percent at select stores when you use select multi-use plastic on select items (that are still changing) between October 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
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