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Don Quijote (ドンキホーテ) Best Deals Roundup!

Most expats know Donki as the place to get their last-minute Halloween costume or pick up a few energy drinks before a late shift, but as it turns out, Donki is also a mecca for those looking to save on everyday essentials!

My family is lucky to live a five-minute drive from Donki (though unfortunately not a “mega” one), so we usually stop by on the weekends to load up on staples and get a free gacha-pon toy for the kiddo (one free turn with a purchase over ¥2,000).

The first thing you should do when you go to Don Quixote is sign up for your Majica Card. Majica is a charge card that you can load up with cash in store. It allows you to accumulate points (1 point/¥100) which you can spend at any of their stores, as well as Apita and Piago. It costs ¥100 to sign up, but you get 100 points back, so really, it’s free. However, you also don’t have to load it with any money if you don’t want to. You can just sign up for the card (and pay the ¥100), and use your own credit card to pay at the register. You will not accumulate points this way, but you WILL have access to a number of other benefits including special prices on hundreds of products (via the in-store coupon machines). This is actually the method that my family uses because we prefer to use our travel-rewards credit card to make payments.

Now, for those who haven’t been to Donki, the store has a course-like design similar to Ikea, where you have to walk through the entire store to get to the register. The first place that you walk through has their featured bargains, which is definitely worth a look towards the end of whatever season you are currently in. Right now, we are nearing the end of summer, so while a lot of summer goods are already on sale, in about two weeks or so (early September), they’ll hit their absolute lowest prices as Donki attempts to clean out inventory for fall.

The next part of the course (about 1/2 of the store) are the sections for cosmetics, clothing, novelty goods, etc. My family usually speeds through this part, as I’ve found that these products usually fall around standard retail price. Finally, we arrive at electronics/kitchen/home goods, which is another good place to pick up end-of-season deals.

The next two areas are the last two areas of the store and where my family spends 90% of our in-store-time: food and household goods.

In the food section, we often pick up our weekly milk, bread, eggs, and yogurt. The brands are actually quite good (not shady knock-offs) and cheaper than the local grocery store.

There is also a great selection of international foods and hard-to-find items. At our local store, I’ve seen an increasing number of Brazilian imports (like whole chickens, rolls, seasonings, etc.) to match the changing demographics of our city. I even found black beans today, which I’d been searching for for ages!

Finally, we come to household goods, which is where we pick up most of our cleaning and kitchen supplies and stock up on diapers and feminine hygiene products.

Today’s gacha-pon surprise

So that’s what we tend to buy each week! Often we’ll keep our eye on a certain appliance that we want for a few weeks to see if the price changes (it usually does), and then we’ll nab it. I believe our last cool find was a Nespresso coffee maker for ¥1,500! Also, we like to visit Donkis in other prefectures because sometimes they’ll have great deals on local souvenirs. The one in Naha in Okinawa had a HUGE selection! Chinsuko anyone?

What kind of deals or interesting products have you found at Donki? Let us know in the comments!

Note: This is not a sponsored post. All views expressed are purely my own.

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