As a student without much money, the high cost of living in one of Japan’s biggest cities is a very big problem. 🙁 If you have to spend over 500 yen for every meal, you will run out of money very quickly! There are microwaves and stove-tops in almost every dormitory. Or you can buy them easily without too much expense. So, many smart people turn to cooking for themselves.
However, cooking by yourself without cheap and fresh ingredients doesn’t help you to save money, and it may also be harmful to your health!
But don’t worry! As a poor student living in Sendai for half a year, I have found five great places for you!
Different ingredients often cost different prices in various shops. The variety of items available and freshness also vary greatly. All the options I will provide for you are here as a result of my strict price and quality comparison!
So let me show you how I go about shopping in Sendai to save money from cooking for all-important traveling funds!
The supermarket near the entrance is also full of cheap items. And the thing-you-must-buy here is: eggs! Japanese will separate eggs by size. The bigger the size, the higher the price. So the LL size egg is the most expensive. But in this supermarket you don’t have to worry about it. Here you can get eggs in price similar to M size eggs in other store. I have got 10 LL size eggs for just 150 yen. Otherwise, you can buy other ingredients like sauce, pasta and tupperware containers. The supermarket offers them in big amounts but for a low price.
For the meat lovers – I’m sorry – but it is rare to find cheap meat in Asaichi since there is only one meat shop here (and so the price is a little bit higher). However, if you care more about the freshness and quality of your meat, you should come here and take a look. Another good reason to buy meat here is that they can measure it out in exactly the amount you want/need.
Seafood shops are another great feature of Asaichi! You can see lots of fish, shrimps or octopus here. All of them look super tasty!
As a bonus, I want to introduce you to this Croquette Store. You can easily find it because there is always a arowd of people queuing outside. There signature dish, Croquette, only cost 65 yen!! I promise it is worth that spending little money and rewarding yourself with delicious food here.
The market is closed on Sundays and National Holidays, so don’t forget to check the calendar first before you go shopping here!
If you wanna save money by cutting down the coast of your breakfast, there are many nearly expired items such as toast, breads that you can choose from. The milk from their own brand is also very cheap!
The most important thing is–“nearly expired meat discount”!!!!
Around 7:00 pm the staff will start to mark-down meat products that will expire in one to two days! You can get up to 30% off pork or beef!! What fantastic information for meat lovers like me! But the disadvantage is that you have to cook it as soon as possible. There is nobody who doesn’t like cheap meat, so you’d better get there earlier to get the best bargain, or you will lose to housekeepers with faster reflexes than you!
I like to go shopping after leaving my laboratory on Tuesdays. The Tuesday market(火曜市) offers many discounts – you can get whatever you want here!
Chicken wings only cost 30 yen! Especially meats and chicken are sold at a very low price. No wonder there are always crowds of people there on Tuesday.
You can also find many kinds of marinated pork or fish. All you have to do is buy them and go home and cook them up in your frypan. For those preparing meals for their family or themselves, it is really convenient!
Do not miss other ingredients for cooking or cuisine being sold at low prices on this special day! Moreover, there are many kinds of snacks on discount. If you are foodie or a snack-lover, I really recommend you go shopping there on Tuesday.
I recently found that cosmetics are also included in Tuesday Market discount! Out of shampoo? Wait until Tuesday in Aeon to save money when stocking up on your daily essentials!
Tuesday is a wonderful day 😀
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