October 31, 2020

Student shares exactly how she lived on just £5 for five days – here’s how you can too

Student shares exactly how she lived on just £5 for five days – here’s how you can too

LIFE can be pretty tough for a student who’s often bound by a very tight budget – but that doesn’t mean you can’t still whip up tasty meals.

Poppy Barr, 23, decided to challenge herself to spend as little as possible on her weekly food shop – and managed to live of just £5 for five days.

Poppy Barr, 23, shares her tips on how she lived of £5 for five days

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Poppy Barr, 23, shares her tips on how she lived of £5 for five daysCredit: Poppy Barr/Vogo.co.uk

While it’s temping to splash out on extra ingredients, Poppy managed to keep in the limit but getting creative with her meals.

Speaking to money-saving community Vogo, 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.

The student spent just £5 on these ingredients which lasted five days

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The student spent just £5 on these ingredients which lasted five daysCredit: Poppy Barr/Vogo.co.uk

Poppy’s grocery list:

  • 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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Because of her restricted budget, Poppy admitted that her meals were quite repetitive, but she tried her best to switch it up where she could.

“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!” she continued.

Her pasta & vegetable dish cost only 30p

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Her pasta & vegetable dish cost only 30pCredit: Poppy Barr/Vogo.co.uk
Poppy’s had peanut butter toast and porridge every day for breakfast

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Poppy’s had peanut butter toast and porridge every day for breakfastCredit: Poppy Barr/Vogo.co.uk

“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’s lunch consisted of home vegetable soup using frozen veg

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Poppy’s lunch consisted of home vegetable soup using frozen vegCredit: Poppy Barr/Vogo.co.uk

Poppy’s thrifty ways are a part of 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.

She said: “While I only experienced a small part of what those living in poverty face, this challenge definitely opened my eyes to my own privilege.

“I was able to do this for 5 days with a roof over my head, running water, electricity and go back to my regular meals once it was over, whereas others do not have that choice.

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