My current outgoings on accommodation and food are over €1,300/month. This is the trap. I have managed to save enough to pay deposit, advance rent, agents fees etc to get a nice house for €250/month. It makes a huge difference financially. Even the crummiest of hotels in Lisbon is not cheap. I am poor, because food and beds cost a lot of money day to day in this situation. The first €40 I make each day is my bed and food. After that comes luxuries - beer, tobacco etc. My gross income is exceptionally high in average terms. Controlling outgoings is the task.