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Martin Lewis' Extreme Savers

  • Episode:

    1 of 4

  • Transmission (TX):

    Wed 12 May 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    8.00pm - 8.30pm

  • Week:

    Week 19 2021 : Sat 08 May - Fri 14 May

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 28 Apr 2021

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Martin Lewis' Extreme Savers

Series overview

"It feels a little scary to start off with. But we were using these cloths as wet wipes, for our kids. So actually, we felt like, 'Oh why would that suddenly change when they’re out of nappies?' And if it’s good enough for them, why is it not good enough for me?" - Extreme saver Charlotte Jessop on reusable toilet rolls

In this new four-part series, ITV's financial guru Martin Lewis introduces some of Britain's most extreme savers - who are willing to keep hold of their cash.

From those who utilise reusable toilet rolls to those who shower in rainwater, to foraging for food and living off-grid - this programme features people who have made it their life's mission to save as much cash as they can, often using the advice of Martin, but taking it even further.

A MultiStory Media production for ITV

Episode 1

The first episode features 'comper' Katrina Stevenson, who has claimed thousands of pounds worth of prizes by entering competitions. It all started when she won a holiday - and decided to go for more. She says: "If I needed something, or it was something that I knew I’d struggle to get, then I’d purposely go out, search magazines, search online for that specific thing, and put energy into it that way."

But her biggest prize was something rather special - her child - and she says: "My best win, it even sounds crazy saying it, but it is my son. I won free IVF treatment abroad in Norway, I was trying for nine years. We had four losses, we were struggling to save for IVF. So, I put all my energy into trying to find if there were any sort of IVF competitions. I was doing it for a good couple of weeks, and then I came across an advert in a magazine. So, I entered all my information, emailed it over, and I didn’t think anything would come of it, I didn’t think I’d hear back. And then a few weeks later at work, I got a call saying that you’ve won, and can we arrange to fly you out to Norway, so we can start sort of your treatment, which was just unreal."

Two attempts later,  her son Dylan was the result, and she says: "Competitions have definitely changed my life, and if I can win like the biggest joy in my life, then of course there’s going to be opportunities for people out there, so just give it a go, because maybe it’ll change your life, like it has with me."

The show also features Lee from Stoke on Trent, who was so fed up with paying extra charges for luggage on flights he had a special coat made - and now travels with all he needs in his coat of many pockets - and pays no fees.

Charlotte Jessop from Norfolk tells the programme she needed to cut back on spending after stepping back from work to spend more time with her family, so makes her own food wraps, sanitary products and nappies - and uses reusable toilet rolls.

Finally 73-year-old Eric Hawkins takes saving water and money very seriously by taking advantage of a free commodity - rain. He collects every drop he can and has managed to cut his water bills by thousands over the years, and says:

"The two upstairs toilets are all used with rainwater, the bath that my wife has is rainwater, my shower is rainwater and [the] kitchen sink for hot water for washing is rainwater.  I also use the rainwater stored in the summertime, to water all my plants at the back of the garden."