He’s a hopeless ramen-tic.
Elliot William, 36, insists that you don’t have to spend a lot of dough for an intimate dinner.
William, who lives in England, posts grocery hacks, inexpensive recipes and budgeting ideas to his TikTok page, called Cost of Living Crisis Tips — but some viewers are roasting his cheap date meal suggestions.
In one of his most popular videos, William shares his recipe for a date night dinner for two that he says costs less than $1.
He mixes spaghetti with baked beans, salt and “any seasoning available.”
Many viewers argued that while the meal won’t break the bank, it might break some hearts.
“No matter in a cost of living crisis, you would not catch me dead mixing beans with spaghetti,” one TikToker chided.
“Just because you can, does not mean you should,” another quipped.
“Ye id just rather eat dry pasta,” a third confessed.
Others joked that the meal would be the end of their relationship.
“My girl would physically drown me if I served her this,” someone declared.
“She left me,” another joked.
“THIS is how you breakup,” a third insisted.
Some of William’s recipes have gone viral for good reason — like his classic spaghetti pasta with tomato and herb sauce — while others are pho-gettable.
One controversial concoction begins with spreading beans and cheese on bread for a makeshift panini.
William toasts the sandwich for five minutes, promising the meal will make a “third date guaranteed.”
Many did not find it a-peeling.
“That looks horrendous,” one TikToker wrote.
“Pretty sure shes gonna get a restraining order on me if i cook this s–t for her,” another proclaimed.
For his part, William eschews the criticism. He’s proud that his marriage to Rebecca, 32, and his budget are strong.
“I believe that any meal can be used as a date meal, and you shouldn’t have to pair expensive meals with romance,” he argued to Jam Press.
“It’s not about the food, it’s about the person and their character. With a little imagination, you can make a decent meal for a small amount of money.”
The budgeting bro went viral after the UK energy bill price hike, which saw a massive increase in homeowners’ electric bills. William shocked viewers with incredible tips like how to make a pot roast dinner with all the trimmings that feeds six for about $30.
“I try to make videos that are light-hearted, and it’s all a bit of banter to make people laugh as well as get tips,” he reasoned.
William swears that he and Rebecca enjoy the meals he shares online, claiming that they are great conversation starters.
“If the person really likes you, they’d laugh about the food, and if they don’t, then it says a lot about them,” William explained.
“I don’t mind people saying negative things or making jokes. It’s a bit of fun at the end of the day!”