Money tends to go very quickly when studying abroad. At points it can literally feel like you don’t know where your money is going. I know I felt that way during my time abroad, so I finally decided to prioritize what I was spending my money on.
What did I want to get out of my time abroad? Partying? Meeting new people? Meeting the locals? Dining at fancy new restaurants? Nope. Traveling. Traveling was at the very top of my list. So I started thinking after the first few weeks....how can I save more money during the week so I can splurge on traveling on the weekend?
Shopping at the nearby Conad also worked wonders for me. The grocery store was also an obvious choice. Why spend money on eating out all the time? Yeah, it's nice to splurge, but if you're a baller on a budget and trying to travel everywhere, you gotta cut some costs. My roommates and I started to cook 100% of our meals at our apartment. We had a deck and took our food outside to eat in a public space, so it was kind of the same thing, except we saved a lot more by going to the Conad near our house, instead of buying three panini's for every meal.
Overall, there are a TON of ways to save money while studying abroad, so don't feel like you have to be a hermit and never go out, or eat out for that matter. By all means, go and try those cool little restaurants right outside your apartment or school, but definitely try to make some friends so you can cut costs down the line haha (flirt with them if you must). My strategy was simply to treat myself to eating out at least once a week and write about it, so I could savor the experience.
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