Student shares money-saving hacks after living off just £5 for five days

Student shares money-saving hacks after living off just £5 for five days

October 13, 2020

A student has shared her money-saving tips after revealing she lived off £5 for five days.

Poppy Barr, 23, decided to challenge herself to save that little bit extra money on food each week.

While some people allow cupboard ingredients outside the budget, the student managed to keep in the limit.

Now speaking to money-saving community Vogo, Poppy has revealed how she didn't dip over the £5 budget.

She said: "The premise of my challenge was relatively simple.

"I wanted to save as much money as I could while wasting as little food as possible, spending only £5 in the process."

Poppy decided to go all in and include everything she ate during the five days within the £5 budget.

This is her bill:

  • Oats: 75p
  • Spaghetti: 20p
  • White bread: 37p
  • Pasta sauce: 39p
  • Soya milk: 59p
  • 2 bananas: 20p
  • Vegetable stock cubes: 36p
  • Peanut butter: 70p
  • Butter beans: 36p
  • Baked beans: 29p
  • Frozen mixed veg: 79p

Total: £5

She added: "I decided that as much as I needed to be economical, I also wanted to make meals that tasted good and gave me some nutritional value, which is why I picked up the stock cubes for flavour and soya milk, which is fortified with vitamins.

"For the most part, I was pretty happy with my choices! I stayed with own brand items as these were a lot cheaper than the more well-known brands. This reduced my costs significantly."

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Poppy says her meals were quite repetitive throughout the week, but she tried her best to switch it up.

She continued: "I even attempted a homemade pizza one night using blended oats and water for a base, pasta sauce and frozen veg – honestly not as bad as it sounds!

"I also made homemade cookies that were pretty successful using a mashed banana, peanut butter and oats, which helped satisfy my cravings for snacks throughout the day.

"Overall, I found the week challenging but in ways that I didn't expect."

Now sharing her tips to others who are trying to save money, Poppy explained: "I'd recommend shopping around for the best deals.

"I'd rely on cheap staples such as pasta, and planning meticulously for the week – there is no way I would've had enough food for over 5 days if I hadn't put so much thought into my meals beforehand."

Poppy was doing the "Living Below the Line" challenge which initially started in Australia in 2010.

It became an annual anti-poverty campaign with users across the globe raising both awareness and money for poverty reduction projects.

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