If you’re trying to save a bit of cash for your holidays, then you might want to take a leaf out of Amanda Holden’s book.
She’s managed to save over £23,000 in just eight months by eating other people’s leftovers.
No, we’re not talking about the X Factor judge – Amanda, 32, is a former finance worker from Portland, who quit her job to go travelling for a year after feasting on her co-workers’ leftovers.
Known by her former coworkers as the Dumpster Dog, Amanda now blogs about her finances on Dumpster Dog Blog.
‘I worked at an office with lots of dudes so there was always extra food – I ate their leftovers,’ says Amanda.
‘I told my close friends at work. I talked about it openly and most people embraced it. There were some times when I couldn’t find any scraps to 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 is going to eat half a pizza, I would just ask them to toss it over.’
Five years ago, Amanda had no savings and wanted a career change that she couldn’t afford.
‘I was having a lot of fun, going out every night but it’s not something you can sustain.
‘It was no secret that I didn’t love my job. I hit a point I didn’t like what I was doing.’
So, she aimed to quit her job within six months having aimed to raise £23,000 to go travelling.
‘When I gave my boss my two weeks notice, he took a minute, then looked at me with a wonky eye 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.’