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Rich House, Poor House viewers confused why family shopped at a Spar

Many felt they should have gone to a cheaper supermarket

Rich House, Poor House viewers were left shouting at their televisions last night as a family spent their weekly food budget in a Spar.

Millionaires Steve and Gemma Green, their daughter, Sadie, and Steve's granddaughter, Arianna, swapped lives with Ben and Demi Gowland-Jefferies and their daughter, Lily, on Sunday (April 12).

Steve and Gemma usually live off a weekly budget of a whopping £1600 after expenses, whereas Ben and Demi are left with just £57 per week for food, clothes and emergencies.

The Spar might not have been the cheapest option for the Rich House, Poor House family (Credit: Channel 5)

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Rich House, Poor House family head to a Spar

Faced with The Gowland-Jefferies' small budget, the Greens headed off to do their weekly shop, however, those watching at home were fuming that they went to a Spar.

Rather than a cheaper Aldi, Lidl or Tesco alternative, they opted to stock up in an expensive corner shop.

Viewers at home immediately called them out on it on Twitter.

Advertising restrictions?

However some offered an explanation - believing that perhaps the show wasn't allowed to film in big chain supermarkets.

One person suggested it could be down to TV show advertising laws.

It's not known where the Gowland-Jefferies shop - in fact, one eagle-eyed viewers spotted Aldi brand nappies in Demi's bag, suggesting they do make spend their weekly budget sensibly.

Entertainment Daily! has asked Channel 5 for comment.

Despite the anger over the shopping incident, fans actually loved last night's show.

"One of the best"

Both families proved popular with the viewing public.

Rich man Steve told how he'd come from nothing, been in the Army, returned from a tour with PTSD and hit rock bottom.

Gemma and Steve Green got a taste of life on the breadline (Credit: Channel 5)

But he turned his life around, and using visualisation techniques and postitive attitude, he is clear on what he wants from life - and he gets it, building up a £6million property portfolio.

Ben, on the other hand, was desperate to achieve similar success.

He and Demi live in a mid-terrace two-bedroom house that they rent and the cost of childcare after Lily's birth forced Demi to stop working and stay at home.

Things were much harder for Demi and Ben (Credit: Channel 5)

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Ben then lost his job and has been working as roofer, mostly on zero hour contracts.

At the end of the episode, Steve and Gemma offered to put Ben and Demi through their own personal development training course, worth £30,000 to help them better their lives.

Fans were thrilled and called the episode "one of the best".

Another wrote: "I love both of these families."

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