TikToker went viral after sharing a weekly £5 food store on Aldi

A TikTok user has gone viral who revealed how he ran a weekly Aldi food store for as little as £5 on the platform.

However, the account, which is dedicated to providing advice on how to deal with Britain’s cost of living crisis, posted the video with a warning.

In the caption, the user said the video was about ‘living on £5 a week, not ‘following a high protein diet for £5 a week’.

It comes as Britons struggle to afford gas and electricity bills, with the energy price ceiling rising 54 per cent to £1971 in April.

In addition, food prices continue to rise at record rates even though inflation has eased from its highest levels in 40 years.

The Office for National Statistics said food prices rose 13.1 percent in the 12 months to August, the highest rate in 14 years.

With costs rising, many people are looking for ways to cut back on spending and save money as cold weather and darkness begin to creep in.

In the TikTok video, the user picks up items for less than £1 at Aldi, which has been named by consumer watchdog What? As the cheapest supermarket in the UK for the past three months in a row.

They bought 13 items, including a 1kg bag of long-grain rice for 45p, a bowl of pasta sauce for 65p, and a box of bourbon cream biscuits for 25p.

At the end of the video, they revealed that they had also bought squash, cornflakes, cans of chopped tomatoes, baked beans, peas and rice pudding, as well as a loaf of bread and boxes of pasta for a total of £4.97.

When asked what meals they were making with cheap ingredients, the user replied: “Tomato pasta, rice, peas, beans on toast, rice pudding, etc.”

The video has garnered 1.5 million views on the social media platform, as well as tens of thousands of likes and hundreds of comments.

While the cost-saving tips were appreciated by many, some people pointed out that no fresh fruits or vegetables were included in the store and that the amount of food purchased would not suffice for a week.

Someone wrote: “This is not enough for a week, not even for a small child.”

TikToker said in response, “It’s unfortunate that some people don’t have a choice.”

Another wrote: “It’s sad because in this day and age in this country, people shouldn’t live like this.”

In August, a food bank in West Cheshire warned that it had seen a 70 percent increase in use compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Ian Olton, trustee of West Cheshire Foodbank, told the Palestinian News Agency that they are also seeing more people rejecting fresh vegetables because they “can’t cook” them due to high energy bills.

But while there has been a rise in the number of people relying on food banks, a survey of independent food banks found that levels of food donations have declined since April of this year.

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