I'm getting to this thread late, but you have been given a lot of good advice.
Rob and I were the King and Queen of savings when we lived on our own and then after we met. Our goal was to purchase a home/condo as soon as we could since we saw renting as throwing money away.
We didn't buy a car until much later since we wanted to save up that money for the house. We ate at home most of the time but we would go out as well. We often would go to a more expensive restaurants for lunch instead of dinner. That way, it was still a treat, but not as expensive as dinner would be.
I found great recipes and buying tips on the internet for good food at low prices. Also, staying away from brand names on some
items also helped us save. Chatelaine and Canadian Living have great recipe databases.
We also tracked our budget and even made up some charts to show us how close we were to our goal. We placed this on the fridge so every day we would see that our efforts were helping to get to our goal.
We also used a similar system of jars/envelopes for different items. We put 'x' amount of money each month into them and once the money was spent, we would have to wait until the next month to use it.
We also never used credit/debit cards. It was all cash purchases so you see what you are buying by handling the cash (not plastic). Also, limit the amount of money that you have with you on a daily basis. Every day when I head into work, I have emergency money on me only. You can't spend it if you don't have it on you.
Plus, I always bring my lunch/snacks with me. I refuse to pay downtown food prices for something that costs half the amount.
See each purchase as an investment. If you were a business, would that purchase be a wise investment or will put you in the hole?
We bought our first condo at 24 and I didn't have any University debt by that point because of our budgeting. We had no financial help from our parents but sacrificed the little things to keep us on track to our bigger goal.