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    Get Cheap Bread at the Grocery Store

    By thomas | October 12, 2007

    Reader Amy writes in with a great grocery store tip:

    I do a lot of after-work shopping and have started to get the hang of the late-night discounts. One thing I’ve noticed is that supermarkets with in-store bakeries offer good deals on bread and pastries: the bakeries generally close before the supermarket does, and when that happens they will put discount stickers on any remaining items. An especially good deal is when they stuff several buns and pastries into a bag and offer it for a ridiculously low price.

    If you find out what time the bakery closes you can plan your shopping trips accordingly. But watch out– other people do it too. At my local supermarket there is always a small crowd milling about waiting for the discounted pastries, and come discount time there is a mad dash to grab the best ones!

    Please refer to the article on cheap steaks for more on late-night discount stickers. Time to stock up on those shu-creams!

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    4 Responses to “Get Cheap Bread at the Grocery Store”

    1. shiisa Says:
      October 14th, 2007 at 6:54 am

      Hi, great idea for a web site! I’d like to add some tips of my own.

      By far the best tactic I’ve found for scaring up bargains is taking an afternoon to walk around exploring the back alleys and streets outside your normal work route — there’s always some mom-and-pop store in the middle of nowhere with some great bargains, usually (I’ve found) on produce.

      If you live in proximity of any farmland, keep an eye out for individual farmer-run outlets with riduclous bargains such as whole heads of cabbage for 40 yen (stored in coin lockers) and other vegetables sitting out in the open with an honor-system cup to place change in. We live in west Tokyo and there are two such outlets and a grape outlet within a 10-minute walk.

      Another bargain to definitely seek out if you’re in the Tokyo-Chiba-Ibaraki-Saitama-Kanagawa area is wholesaler Hanamasa (Japanese-only link to store list – ) which operates several open-to-the-public storefronts. They specialize in meats but also carry an extensive array of imported goods (like chips and salsa!), as well as frozen goods, dairy items, and several industrial-sized canned goodies, etc.

      100-yen stores were mentioned in the Tofu Soap Dish entry (Thomas, you’re that far away from a 100 yen store?) but they’re definitely worth a look as well. Circle K-Sunkus operates a chain in Tokyo called 99 Ichiba that I visit frequently to stock up on atsuage (fried tofu) and 99-yen packages of frozen vegetables. 99 yen! The supermarket across the street charges almost 4 times that much.

      Hope this helps, and keep up the great work!

    2. thomas Says:
      October 14th, 2007 at 8:49 am


      Thanks for the comment! That’s a lot of good tips! I don’t live in the Tokyo area, but I’m sure a lot of my readers do. I do live near lots and lots of farmland though :) I’ll post these up in the future. I’m going to check out the 100-yen store for frozen food asap.

      And yes, the 100-yen store is pretty far. Now that we have a car, there is one that’s a bit closer, but it’s still far enough away that we don’t go there unless we have a large shopping list or we are going in that direction anyway.

      Again, thanks for the support!

    3. Tori Says:
      October 17th, 2007 at 2:48 am

      This is by far the most useful website on day to day living tips in Japan.

      It’s funny a lot of the tips are little things you pick up after living for a while in Japan. But putting them on a site like this is genius!

      I’ll do whatever I can to help more people find and benefit from this site

    4. thomas Says:
      October 17th, 2007 at 4:58 pm

      Tori: Thanks for the encouraging words! I appreciate any traffic you can send my way :) I hope you’ll come back and visit soon.