You have HK$500 to survive for a year without going broke (you must have at least10 cents left). If you succeed, you get HK$10,000,000. How do you do it?

You have HK$500 to survive for a year without going broke (you must have at least10 cents left). If you succeed, you get HK$10,000,000. How do you do it?

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The contestants


Contestant 1

When I first saw this question I way over-complicated it. I searched everywhere for places that would only cost me a few cents to live per day and meals that cost a few cents as well. I discovered that this was practically impossible - especially in a place like Hong Kong.

After thinking about it, I realised that I could just ask a relative or friend for help. By doing so, I might not even have to spend a single penny and still have all my expenses covered. After a year, I would get a lot of money and I would then be able to repay my friends or family.

Contestant 2

Just HK$500? No, I won't be sleeping on a bench and surviving on vitamins … what are friends and family for? But no, I'm not going to follow the cliché: "move in with them and split up the reward".

Here's what I'll do: every month I'll borrow HK$1,000 from 10 family members/friends, that's HK$10,000 per month, HK$120,000 for a year. Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to survive. Wait, why would they lend me HK$12,000 each? Because I'll be paying them back a year later, three times the amount of money I owe them! They trust me, they'll do it. Altogether, that's just HK$360,000 I'm giving back - no biggie, because I'll be a millionaire by then!

Additionally, I'll probably get to spend the HK$500 which I didn't use at all, right?

Contestant 3

First things first: I would need to get a high-paying job, fast. If that doesn't work, then any job will do. Then the HK$500 will be used for rent and food. If I do run out of money, it would be best to take a loan from the bank, and then pay it all back at the end with the HK$10 million I get.

People say, "Money doesn't buy happiness", and I agree with that 100 per cent. I'll simply be happy knowing that I managed to succeed in this task, so it won't bother me that I'll have to pay back some of the "grand prize" at the end!

Contestant 4

When life gives you lemons, you kick them away.

Well, here, I'm not only kicking out lemons, but growing myself a mango tree!

First, I'll start group tuition! I'll teach kids; the parents will pay me weekly; say 10 kids at around HK$80 per person - HK$3,200 a month!

Next, with HK$300 of my money, I'll make toys. I estimate my profit will be at least five times my cost, so HK$1,500 per month. So I'll have HK$4,700 per month! Eating a selection of cup noodles, street food, and restaurant stuff, I'll be just fine.

Contestant 5

Well, HK$500, and an entire year to survive. Interesting challenge, isn't it? To start, I think we need to set aside the 10 cents that we are supposed to be left with at the end, which leaves us with HK$499.90. Now the major goal should be to find a suitable job that could help you survive.

Definitely, you will need to use some of the HK$499.90 sometimes, so you should deposit half in the bank, earning interest in the process. And that's one of the most legal ways to survive!

Contestant 6

I would buy a lot of food and water so I wouldn't starve to death. That would probably cost me around HK$400, along with clothes and essential items. Then I'd try to construct a simple shelter with wood, some leaves, and a blanket. You'd think I was crazy, but who would spend money on a bed? I mean, everyone wants to be rich, right? Oh wait! I've got a good idea. I could just live - no, sleep - at my friend's house! Then I could sleep comfortably AND save money! I would invest the rest of my money in a bank and watch it grow!

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You have HK$500 to survive for a year without going broke (you must have at least10 cents left). If you succeed, you get HK$10,000,000. How do you do it?


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For me,I will borrow money from the bank,borrow about $5000.Then you may return them after you get the money.