Spending fivers: What can you do with £5?

January 27, 2024



Spending £5 generally won’t get you very far. But if you look hard enough, you may just find a great deal at a bargain price.

A quick search of the internet offers hundreds of ideas for items under £5, pointless services for £5, even great date ideas if you’re on a budget (usually within the £5-£10 range).

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£5 Services online

While the internet is often a useful and informative tool, there are many websites offering a laugh or a roll of the eyes just as often.
Over at fivesquids.co.uk, members post the £5 equivalent of their services, however useful or useless as they may be. At first glance, this seems like a great idea if you imagine the potential in the creativity of the people on the internet. However this website seems to have more jokesters than entrepreneurs with offers like “I will send you or a friend absolutely nothing for £5”.

Looking through further posts, however, it seems it’s possible to access some decent online services for £5, including: your CV or written assignment edited by a freelance writer, or quirky services like having a postcard sent to you from various world-wide locations. At fiverr.com, the American counterpart to fivesquids.co.uk, one user offers to create a personalised signature with a video included for you to learn how to sign your name with his creative flare, all for $5. There was a surprisingly large amount of service reviews for this user and they were predominantly positive.

So what else can you get for £5?

Over at lovemoney.com, they’ve gathered great suggestions for how to get the most out of your fiver by looking for bargains in all the right places. For example, theatre buffs in London have the chance to see critically-acclaimed plays for as little as 10p at the prestigious Royal Court Theatre.

First, if you are under 26 you have the privilege of purchasing tickets for only £8. However, if you have already left your early twenties, you too can grab the opportunity to pay a low price. Though it’s limited to availability, if you wait until an hour or so before the curtain rises and are willing to stand at the very front of the theatre (think Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre days), then 10p is your ticket price. For £5, you could see 50 plays!

Ride the rails for £5

This is one example of the amazing deals you can find if you do a little research. You’ll find that some UK services tend to lower prices for off-peak travel or unfavourable seats. If you book early enough in advance and try to avoid rush hour, you might find a train fare for as low as £1, which means spending your £5 could get you five train journeys if you book at the right time.

Do you have any tips for great things to do with just £5? We’d love to hear them! Leave your suggestions in the comments below.


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