Inspired by this Dollars & Sense post, I decided to post some of my own tips for extended overseas living / exchange students.

Top Tip #1: Buy the house brand when shopping
Think “Giant”. House brand goods are usually, if not always, the cheapest choice that you can buy. When it comes to simple things like salt or bread, going with the house brand can save you a pretty penny while barely being noticeable about its quality. Actually for many items, you would actually be amazed that the supplier of the house brand good is also the supplier of another branded good as well! The main difference is that the branding and marketing costs have been totally stripped away, and that means savings for you.

(notice how there are no shelves? budget shopping!)

Top Tip #2: Shop at the budget supermarket
Since there isn’t a house brand for …