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Rich House, Poor House: Viewers slam mum for using rich family’s budget to buy herself huge TV

Some were left cringing

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Channel 5 viewers have slammed a mum on Rich House Poor House for using the rich family’s money to buy herself a huge new TV.

Last night’s (Sunday, May 3) episode featured Nadine, a single mum living in a flat in Portsmouth with four-year-old son Morgan.

Viewers learned that Nadine was unfortunately in thousands of pounds of debt and struggling to make ends meet with a disposable income of just £80 per week.

What happened on the show?

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Nadine is a single mum with just £80 a week for disposable income (Credit: Channel 5)

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Nadine, who was unable to work full-time, dreamed of owning her own salon business.

But she confessed that she really struggled to effectively budget her money – and admitted that her expensive tastes didn’t help the matter.

“I’m not very good at budgeting, I’ll admit that,” Nadine said. “I’ve got a Champagne taste on a lemonade budget!”

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She admitted she has “Champagne taste”(Credit: Channel 5)

As part of the documentary series, her life was temporarily transformed when she found herself living with the rich family’s budget – £1,800 per week.

But viewers at home were annoyed to see Nadine using the rich family’s money to splash on on luxuries.

‘Champagne’ tastes

In one scene, Nadine dined on a lobster dinner with her best pal, Alex, that included a £175 bottle of Champagne.

“I want to go for the champagne but then I feel bad,” she said uncertainly. “Feel like I’m living too much of a high life… but that’s what this is about though, isn’t it?”

Later the pair were shown going on a spending spree that ended in Nadine buying herself a massive TV for her flat.

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Viewers slammed her for splashing out on a big TV with the other family’s budget (Credit: Channel 5)

Reacting on Twitter, one viewer said: “She is definitely taking the [bleep] using that money buying a huge TV to take home. Supposed to just be experiencing living a week on that budget, not buying herself stuff!”

Another tweeted: “Anyone else cringe when she bought that massive TV? #RichHousePoorHouse.”

I just couldn’t and wouldn’t spend someone else’s money like that.

A third wrote: “Omg what’s wrong with this girl #richhousepoorhouse… you get on the show just to buy a BIG TV? How this is helping you with a business?”

Someone else said: “Used to like watching Rich House Poor House but these lot ain’t poor at all. The girl went [and] spent all their money on bits for her flat, including a massive TV. I mean, come on. Then spent over £100 on Champagne. she actually has a nice flat, but not paid her bills #richhousepoorhouse.”

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“Is it just me that would be mortified spending that money on things like a big TV?” asked a fifth. “And trust me, I’m not privileged enough to make that much money! I just think it could be better spent, if I were in that position #RichHousePoorHouse.”

Not in touch with the real world?

“#RichHousePoorHouse gets the rich budget… then buys flat screen TV and eats lobster and champagne,” pointed out a sixth. “Definitely not in touch with the real world.”

“I just couldn’t and wouldn’t spend someone else’s money like that,” insisted another. “The TV? Seriously? I couldn’t do that. #richhousepoorhouse.”

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Some defended her though with one reacting to that last tweet: “You’d take something home you could sell.”

Another put: “I don’t judge Nadine for buying the TV. They’re probably not allowed to take cash home and she could sell it to pay debts?”

Someone else said: “I seem to be alone in not judging her harshly for buying a large TV.”

ED! contacted Channel 5 for comment and the broadcaster confirmed that those featured on the programme are unable to take cash home. Unspent money is returned to the production team at the end of the week.

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