A 23-year-old mum from Southend has declared herself to be Britain’s greatest money saver in response to the recent media stories about extreme couponing and general thriftyness.

She has now set up her own blog, Five Finger Discounting, and she is set to take her workshop on tour around the UK.

Maddie Dashton started on the long journey to becoming Britain’s greatest money saver in 2013 after reading the ‘Top Thrifty Tips’ in Take A Break magazine.

She said: ‘All of these little whingebags were banging on about hanging their tea bags out on the washing line, and I just thought that it would be easier to just nick a box of PG Tips from Tesco.’

‘Since then, I have managed to shoplift everything I need to keep our family well-fed, and every now and then I’ll hold up a food bank or something like that.’

We asked her if she would ever consider going straight and just cutting vouchers out of newspapers and magazines, but she wasn’t prepared to consider it.

‘Extreme couponing is just dumb when you can stuff a box of Maltesers in your Kappa bag or stick everything under a Burka – nobody questions you in one of those as it would be well racist.’

In a late development, Ms Dashton was arrested yesterday at a local Ford showroom just before she was going to start a test drive of an automatic S-Max.

According to witnesses, police found her inside the car waiting for it to take her to Lakeside Shopping centre.