Ever since the consumption tax was raised from 5% to 8% at the start of April, I've noticed that my wallet empties faster than it used to. I have to charge the IC card I use for my commute more often than before, too.
A three-point increase in the sales tax really doesn't amount to much, when you think about it. Something that used to cost ¥105, now costs ¥3 more. Dinner and drinks at a nice restaurant which set you back ¥10,500 in March is today only ¥300 more expensive. Big deal, right?
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be working out quite that way.
As I have written before, the Oronamin C I buy at the station in the morning is now 9% more expensive than it was only three weeks ago. Where it used to cost ¥110, I now have to pay ¥120. The commute, too, is more expensive than before: I am now paying about ¥50~¥60 more every day to get to work every day.
I can't help but feel like I'm being nickel and dimed, or rather five-yenned and ten-yenned, now. Those less fortunate than myself must surely be feeling the pinch.