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The Asperger's Moneysaver

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Moneysaving guru Holly Smith, who has Asperger Syndrome, lifts the lid on her condition and how it helps her to help others find bargains and save cash.

Every week Holly shares coupons, deals and moneysaving tips and tricks on social media, and reaches over 7 million people. This uber savvy supersaver even went viral a few years agp with a jaw-dropping stunt, which saw her do a £1164.39 shop paid for entirely by coupons.

While Holly has built an amazing online community and is an inspiration to many, she has had a challenging life because of her Asperger Syndrome. A form of Autism, it has meant she’s suffered at the hands of bullies and struggles with social interaction. But it has also given her the passion and single-minded gift for moneysaving.

Diagnosed aged 26, Holly’s Asperger’s brings many life challenges, but it fuels her love of money saving and making a difference to other people’s purses. Meeting her family, we’ll gain a candid insight into her Asperger’s and how it impacts on her life.

Putting her moneysaving skills into action, Holly meets chronic credit card spender Amber, who is living beyond her means and heading toward deep financial water if her habits don’t change. Holly challenges Amber to give up her cards and live 'cash-only' for a week to see if she can stay within a £100 budget. How will she manage without her precious plastic?

As Amber wrangles with moderating her online shopping and coffee buying habits, Holly shows her ways to make her money go further, for instance through ‘wombling’ - a clever way to save money at supermarkets by finding discount-code receipts in car parks or shopping trollies.

As well as Amber’s money saving journey, Holly meets someone else with Asperger Syndrome for the first time. Rosie, who is at university and wants to become a teacher, is an inspiration to Holly who left school aged 15 with no qualifications. She discovers how attitudes and understanding of her condition is changing and people have more hope today than ever to succeed to pursue their ambitions in a society that is not always understanding towards people who are different.

Catch up at: Radio 1 Stories: The Asperger's Moneysaver

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