Our relationship to money determines our lifestyle, personality and relationships. We don´t have unlimited amount of money, therefore we need to learn how to use it well.
Buying second hand items: We can buy items with a significant discount compared to the original price. This way a couple of cents or thousands of dollars can be saved. If you buy a repackaged product in a store, you will also get full warranty. If you buy something from an individual person, you should be suspicious and careful. Usually you don´t get warranty. It can happen that the product will be completely useless. I bought last year a repackaged action camera and I saved some money.
Repairing products: Lately I often repaired my clothes by sewing. Gloves, jackets, bags etc. will appreciate it if you give some care for them. The new products cost more money and have worse quality in general. Buying new stuff often does not pay out. Electronical and mechanical devices can be maintained/repaired too. I have already repaired my bicycles, bearings, hair dryer etc. Living abroad is not an easy task. Service is expensive. If you have some patiance, dexterity and you like doing DIY things, then you can get along at home really good.
I took apart on a lot of bicycle races in the past. The organisers often gave me a T-Shirt. I used to wear these T-Shirts everyday. Nowadays is it not really popular. After 5 years I had to buy T-Shirts again in the stores. I went for a couple of quick drying, light T-Shirts for the summer. Buying second hand cloths is also an alternative. It is good for your wealth and your environment. In ´17 I had a german excursion with my company. I get 50 € every day for a week. I saved up this money and I bought some really good boots. I broke them on the streets of Budapest. The first 100 km was so painful. The boots will last min 5 years. It was a good purchase. For free. 🙂 The best strategy if you don´t buy clothes at all. As a student I rarely bought clothes.
Food: You can catch a lot of money here. I think a proper diet is more important than expensive food. I already have quite a lot of experience. From ´13 till ´15 I was a collage student with a small scholarship (40-80 $ per month). Later I got a student job (2 days per week) and I was almost compeletely able to support myself. The continously rising food prices have motivated me to move on. For exemplar I bought products in Spar relatively often. It was close to the office. But stores raised too much too often and I decided not buying there anything. And of course if you don´t / occasionally visit restaurants you will be much richer.
Housing: Without living in your own house this is more likely your biggest investment. The prices flew away around 2014 in Veszprem (Hungary). As a single you barely can get your own flat. A small apartment in Pecs costs about 440 $ + utilities (2019). This is the average monthly income in Pecs. Flats is Budapest a little bit higher. A single apartment cost 510 $ + utilities. In Austria you can get a flat for 510 $ + utilities. If you want live if Vienna you should calculate with an extra 100 $. And the border is actually the starry sky.