A multi-millionaire has shocked viewers with her penny-pinching lifestyle despite having a tidy £3.5 million in the bank, as shown in TLC's Extreme Cheapskates.

Aimee Elizabeth is said to save $200,000 (£146,000) every year by only buying things second hand and refusing to throw away things looking a bit past their best in a bid to save money.

Holding up an old manky sponge she uses to wash her dishes, 50-year-old Aimee from Las Vegas says: "I don't see any reason to throw it away."

She also has just a single kitchen knife she never washes, instead wiping it down on a towel and putting it straight back in the drawer.

Aimee not only hates wasting water, but she also won't heat it for a minute longer than necessary to save dough.

"I keep my water heater turned off, I need 22 minutes to heat it up enough to get a shower so I turn it on every morning when I get up," she explains on the show.

"I set it for 22 minutes so I know exactly when my shower's ready – because God forbid I waste another minute on that water heater."

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Aimee reveals the only reason her house is so glamourous is that her ex-husband Michael Murrey, knowing how frugal she is, let her have it in the divorce proceedings.

Talking about her ex, she said: "He's got a good heart and he insisted that I keep the house because he knew that if I didn't keep the house I would move into a hovel of a one-bedroom apartment to save money… And he's right."

Michael still visits to help her clean the house for free so she can save even more money.

Aimee's most eye-popping money-saving scheme is to swap cat food for tuna as her millionaire's light lunch.

The camera zooms in on an unappetising-looking tin of "chicken and tuna dinner in light gravy", which the cheapskate reckons can save 30 cents (22p) versus the price of canned tuna fish.

Aimee even claims to feed her guests cat food – perhaps taking it a step too far.

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