Parents horrified when they are told they blow whopping £1,260 a month on food
A spendthrift family with four children learned how to budget after admitting they blow more than £1,000 on food a month, including a whopping £310 on takeaways.
Shereen and Michael were crammed into a two-bedroom flat in London and would love to save enough money to get a deposit for somewhere bigger, as seen Monday night on Channel 4's How To Save A Grand In 24 Hours.
They lived rent-free in Michael's mum's flat but still spent a staggering amount each month on food, clothes, and unnecessary purchases often bought on impulse – splurging £500 a month on the high street and £260 online.
As a result, they were strapped for cash and their home was full of clutter.
Presenter Anna Richardson sat down for a chat and went through their finances.
Shereen and Michael were shocked when they were told they spend £1,260 on food each month – especially when Anna laid out the money on the table in cash to show them what it looked like.
They spent £950 on supermarket food, which according to the show is £400 more than the average family of six.
Michael said: "The numbers just sound excessive."
"That hurts my heart," confessed Shereen. "For me, it sounds irresponsible. I don't want to get emotional. Yeah, it’s not good."
Chef and restaurant owner Gary Usher taught the pair to make marinated turkey thighs and polenta, to swap for their usual chicken takeaways.
The cooking demo was a success and both Shereen and Michael said the simple recipe was delicious.
Gary then made them promise to shop just once a week at a wholesale store and warned them: "Don’t let the supermarkets trick you.
"They put the chocolates right next to the till. They put the milk and bread as far away as possible."
Cleaning expert Peachy Clean then spruced up their living room with a thorough decluttering and showed them the best bargain products to buy.
Builder Eve Humphreys then completely revamped their bathroom – with Shereen and Michael desperate for a shower because they had been resorting to using buckets to bathe their children.
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Shereen and Michael were quoted £1,000 to sort out their tired bathroom but Eve did a great job with just £200.
The DIY pro upcycled an old shower she got from a previous job, painted the walls mustard yellow, and hung up shelving and decorations.
By the end of the show, their shopping budget was halved to save a staggering £630 and they ditched their £310 outgoings from takeaways and sliced £380 off their high street and online shopping.
In total, they saved £1,320 a month which meant they could save for a deposit on a family home in a matter of years.
Shereen said: "We want our children to know better so we knew we had to learn."
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