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Kakeibo: The Japanese Art of Budgeting Saving Money

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  14 reviews

'Experts claim it could help some people cut spending by up to 35%' Mail Online

People in Japan are masters of minimal living, able to make do with less in all aspects of life, whether it's de-cluttering personal belongings or savvy seasonal cooking. But at the heart of all this is the kakeibo : the budgeting
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 23rd 2017 by Penguin
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Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is an introduction to the Japanese Kakeibo-method, a way of budgeting your money that is quite simple. It is a method over 100 years old, having been introduced to the public in 1904 by Hani Motoko for housewives to use, and backed by the goverment. Housewives in Japan have much power over household money, and this is one is quite perfect.

One does notice here that about 12 pages of the book are on the method; the rest are pages for one year of doing this. But it's still worth buying.
Sammi Jayne Brooks
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: won-on-giveaway
It's difficult to give a review on a book like this, because there's only about 5 pages of actual writing, the rest is detailed pages with spaces for you to fill in yourself.

The cover is gorgeous, and the inside pages are amazingly done and really organised, so lovely in fact I feel bad actually writing in it!

I've just moved into my first apartment with my partner and I have been looking around for a book/notebook like this one, so I'm really glad I won this on a giveaway! If I saw this in the
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is more of a financial planner that you fill in throughout the year, so not a lot of reading, mostly doing. Still, it has some nice messages throughout it and a good introduction. It outlines the Japanese way of spending money which is usually done by portioning your cash into each spending category, putting it in an envelope and then only spending what is in that envelope. This is great in Japan's cash culture, but less practical nowadays. However, the book lets you track your
Victoria Nightingale
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
It seems ironic to buy something to help save, but here we are.

The first thing to note which many have said is that this isnt really a book, more a journal. But it does include a few brief pages at the beginning explaining the concept of Kakeibo, which has a nice emphasis on spending well rather than focusing just on saving.

The journal is beautiful, easy to use and includes some nice quotes. I look forward to using it and hopefully saving more money as I go.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
For the first time, it let me assess my expenses for the whole year at a glance. I am still using it month on month for planning.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-yourself
This is a work book which wasnt clear to me from the description or the book at first glance. Nearly all of it is repetitive worksheets. I didnt think there were enough diversity in the work sheets to reflect the complexity of life. The intro was decent but there was no wrap up conclusion. At its bones it is a good work and the structure can help people save but its too basic for most. There were some quirky quotes at the beginning/end of each chapter. ...more
John Naylor
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free via Goodreads First Reads.

I finished the text in about 10 minutes.
The concept is simple and obviously effective if you stick to it. I won't give spoilers on it. It just had too little detail or ideas to get a higher rating as a book.

The concept works but the book doesn't.
Blythe Musteric
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has a few pages of text (and a Japanese money saving proverb every month), but it is mostly a workbook/diary for keeping track of your spending. Ive used it for a month and love it. Its simple yet very effective. Highly recommended! ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very simple and easy-to-use kakeibo. Wish there was more color-coding inside.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
Strictly a journal with minimal instructions, it is a very non-judgemental way of keeping track of your money.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-hack-books
I really liked the set up for this book. I found a lot of helpful and simple tips for getting your budget under control and save money.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I won this book from Goodreads in return for an honest review.

Very interesting. A great book for budgeting. Beautifully presented.
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