One dollar can buy a lot if you’re as savvy as this budgeting whiz.
A British woman has gone viral on TikTok after revealing how she survives by spending just over $1 a day.
Manchester native Kathryn Leech wanted to see how hard it would be to live on a food budget of £1, or just $1.13, a day and decided to document her week on the popular social media app.
“With the current cost of living crisis and the constant rising inflation, a lot of people are having to cut back just to get by,” Leech told NeedToKnow.online.
“For a lot of people it doesn’t matter how much they budget; the real issue is that the average cost of living is consistently rising but salaries aren’t at the same rate.”
Leech, whose entire profile is dedicated to budgeting hacks, found her challenge an eye-opening experience.
“This is quite an extreme food budgeting challenge, but it was interesting for me to see if it’s possible to live on a budget this small which some people might actually have to do,” explained the 26-year-old.
The thrifty woman said she shopped mostly at Aldi for ingredients for her simple meals.
“I ate the same thing every day for the whole seven days,” she said. “I had toast, kidney beans and pepper wraps, and tuna and sweetcorn pasta.”
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Her video detailing her extreme hacks has received nearly 685,800 views as of Thursday.
The Post has reached out to Leech for comment.
“The hardest part was eating the same food every day. It wasn’t filling,” recalled Leech. “It also wasn’t healthy as there was no way I could get enough nutrients in, and I definitely didn’t eat enough calories.”
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“However, I made the food in bulk, so it cut down on cooking time as I only had to cook a couple of times for the whole week, and I just warmed it up each day.”
Many TikTok users immediately weighed in on the experiment.
“Couldn’t eat that 3 times a day for a week. No meat either. No proper sustenance. Vitamins protein,” said one user.
“Very helpful well done! Sometimes you need a cheap week to get you thru!” said someone else.
Some users argued that no one should ever have to live like that.
“The point is… you shouldn’t have to,” quipped one user.
“NO HONEST PERSON SHOULD BE TAKEN TO SUCH POINT TO FIGHT TO SURVIVE ON £7,” another remarked.
In several follow-up videos, Leech repeats the challenge at several other supermarkets with videos ranging 5,000 views to 93,000.