Martin Lewis fans share unique ways they save money - from cheese to concerts

The Martin Lewis Money Show Live returned for a summer special
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Martin Lewis has shared some of the more unconventional methods he and his listeners use to save money. On The Martin Lewis Podcast, the Money Saving Expert invited his audience to divulge their top thrifty indulgences, while also revealing a few of his own.

He tackled the idea of "retail snobbery", particularly in relation to food shopping, challenging the assumption that "paying more will get you better".

He argued: "We don't actually have universal taste buds that work in exactly the same way. Some people will go 'I don't like the look, the sound, it looks a bit cheap and dirty,' maybe you should try. You might actually prefer cheap and dirty on occasion."

In an amusing twist, Lewis confessed that he would "actually pay more to get the cheaper option" for items such as mint sauce and salt and vinegar crisps, according to the Mirror. He exclaimed: "Do not give me posh mint sauce and do not give me mint jelly. It's just weak and vapid."

Regarding crisps, the finance expert comically remarked: "Vinegary stuff, I want it to smack me in the face, I want my tongue to need surgery because it's ripped raw. You don't get that with the posh ones, you get 'gentle tones of vinegar'," he imitated disdainfully, adding: "If it doesn't hurt it doesn't taste right! ", reports Chronicle Live.

The podcast's co-host, Chris Warburton, shared his aversion to "ridiculous" high-end sausage rolls. He declared: "I want it basic, cheap, in a paper bag, hot, I want it greasy."

Listeners have been eagerly sharing their money-saving tips, with suggestions including budget toilet paper and opting for "cheap cheese slices" instead of expensive burger toppings. Many are advocates for supermarket own brands, choosing them over well-known names like Heinz for staples such as ketchup and beans.

Yvette revealed her cost-effective approach to concerts, preferring "watching blooming good tribute bands" to seeing the original artists, highlighting the substantial savings: "Usually a 10th of the price of the real thing and getting the same musical hit."

Caroline from Cheshire expressed that she's willing to spend more on Sainsbury's own-brand tortilla chips, which she believes "taste more authentic" than the pricier, overly-seasoned options.

In another instance, Alan impressed money-saving expert Martin with his preference for tap water over bottled, especially when dining out. Martin shared his enthusiasm for choosing tap water, responding to the "still or sparkling" question with a cheerful "Tap please! " and jokingly adding, "You can take the boy out of the north."