Swapping a luxury lifestyle for low budget income: Rich kid experiences living with only R850

Swapping a luxury lifestyle for low budget income: Rich kid experiences living with only R850

- She spends more than £10 000 (R170 000) a month on herself and sometimes even more than R17 000 a night when partying with her friends

- So, when 22-year-old Medical student and fashion blogger Sepii swapped her luxury lifestyle for a £50 weekly budget she had no idea how hard it would be

- As part of a the show Rich Kids Turn Skint, Sepii gave up her fancy car and designer bags to live life as other people do

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Sepii has the perfect life- she is a successful fashion blogger, medical student as she lives rent free with her Persian parents in London.

Briefly.co.za learned Sepii spends an estimated R170 000 a month on herself and R17 000 to reserve a table for her and her friends when on a night out.

She drives a Range Rover Evoque and has a designer shoe and handbag collection worth more than R170 000, which she all left behind when staying with the Hussain family.

So, the fashion blogger decided to partake in the Rich Kids Turn Skint, where she had the opportunity to experience a life she does not know.

She had to life with only R850-a-week, which she said did not even cover to of her student meals.

Sepii went to stay with the Hussain family in Manchester. She was shocked to find out they survived on a £50 food budget, which is just over R850 a week.

"Their food shop for a week was £50 - that was quite surprising to hear. For their whole family to live off for the week, that wouldn’t even get me through a couple of uni days. I’ve definitely spent more than £50 on one dinner.", she said.

Seppi said their son was given an allowance of £5 a day for school, which covered his lunch money and travel money. She added her coffee costs more than his allowance.

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The socialite never slept on a coach before until she appeared on the show. She found out Mr Hussain was homeless once and he slept on a park bench.

He went to show her the bench he slept on, and she described the experience as life changing.

"It actually changed me afterwards, it gave me something to reflect on after filming the show.
"When I would see homeless people after the show I would actually sit down with them and hear their story.
"There was a homeless guy where every day on the way to work I would bring him his tea with milk and three sugars the way he likes it. It gives you an insight.
"Giving time is sometimes way more valuable than giving money."

The life she experienced is far from the lavish lifestyle she knows. During her summer vacation she travels the world, visiting exclusive holiday hotspots like Paris, Monaco and then Iran.

Her biggest fear she faced in the show, was what the Hussain family would think of her.

"You have absolutely no idea who you’re going to be staying with so you don’t know if they’re thinking ‘oh this is just another spoilt brat here’. But they were really nice to me, as soon as I walked in the fear went."

She had an emotional experience on the show, but added it would help her work with people from different backgrounds.

"My parents have always taught me money will come and go but you have to keep what’s important in life, it’s not going to be money, it’s your health, your family.
"Having money is obviously an added bonus but if you lose it all make sure you have what really matters around you."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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