A woman from Ryde has featured on Channel 5’s Bargain Brits on Benefits, a programme which highlights how different people on various benefits are making their money go further.
Lei Hang, better known as the Thrifty Island Girl, has featured on episode 3 of the first series of the mainstream show, sharing money-saving tips and tricks at a time when many people have lost their jobs or are struggling financially.
When she was younger, Lei had a luxurious life funded by her parents but that all changed when she got pregnant whilst studying for her masters degree in infection and immunity. Lei soon married but divorced just a year later in 2014. That’s when her financial situation changed dramatically…
“As a single mum I’ve found a lot of ways of how to make my money go further and so I started my blog The Thrifty Island Girl during the first lockdown in July 2020, sharing my money-saving tips with people”.
In the episode, Lei explains how she has managed to get part of her gas and electric for free by referring people to a cheaper energy supplier, gaining £50 credit each time. She also explains how replacing washing powder and fabric softener with an eco-egg has helped save money.
Newport’s Dress For Less is also highlighted as a place where Islanders can pick up bargain designer brands, which Lei then wears or sells on eBay to earn extra money.
You can watch the episode for yourself by visiting https://www.my5.tv/bargain-brits-on-benefits/season-1/episode-3.