Woman Managed To Save £23k By Eating Co-Workers' Leftovers

We've all looked at our spending habits at one point or another and tried to find savings by cutting down on that daily coffee, or only going out once a week.

But Amanda Holden has discovered a way to save an incredible amount of money - scabbing off others. While some people might turn their nose up at the notion, hear her out.

The 32-year-old was fed up with her job, but couldn't quit because her finances didn't allow it. So she looked at where she could limit her spending and focused on her food budget.

But instead of opting for unbranded products or cutting down on expensive fruit, Amanda decided to think bigger.

Woman saves by eating co-workers food
Woman saves by eating co-workers food

Credit: Caters/Amanda Holden

The blogger called on her colleagues to help her out by handing over any food they hadn't eaten. We're not talking about that piece of mincemeat that's been sitting in the freezer for ages, we mean a half-eaten sandwich or pizza.

She's told the Metro: "I talked about it openly and most people embraced it. There were some times when I couldn't find any scraps and I would have to buy food. I would never go hungry. It wasn't about hurting myself, I was just doing everything I could.

"If someone was going to eat half a pizza, I would just ask them to toss it over."

Woman saves by eating co-workers food
Woman saves by eating co-workers food

Credit: Caters/Amanda Holden

Incredibly, Amanda managed to raise £23,000 ($29,700) in six months and was able to go travelling around South and Central America.

She says: "When I gave my boss my two weeks' notice, he took a minute, then looked at me and asked if that was why I was eating trash and why I was called the 'dumpster dog'.

"He said he'd seen me pull a half-eaten burrito from the trash."

In addition to this plan, she found other ways of reaching her savings target, such as cutting down on shopping and socialising, as well as haircuts and her gym membership.

Her strategy is pretty out there, but then again, saving that amount of money in such a short time is genius.


But if you don't think you could scab off your colleagues for food then maybe this alternative approach is up your alley.

For 12 months, other than essential bills and a very small food budget, personal finance journalist Michelle bought nothing new. In an article for the Telegraph, she revealed how she managed to save £22,000 ($28,400) in a year. She limited herself to a zero-travel budget, meaning she had to cycle everywhere.

It also meant: "No cinema trips, no nights in the pub, no takeaways or restaurant meals, no new clothes, no holidays, no gym memberships, not even a Kit Kat or cheeky cheesecake from the supermarket."

Regardless of whether you think that's too drastic, she's the one rolling in disposable income.

Featured Image Credit: Caters/Amanda Holden

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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