24th Mar 2012 2:37pm | By Alasdair Morton
Kate Middleton has made headlines for being thrifty, stepping out in a two-year-old coat from Bicester village last month. But the royals still love their luxurious fabrics.
THE ROYAL CLOTH
❚ Prince William ordered a grey pinstripe suit for his and Kate’s honeymoon, made with £1400-a-metre wool from Australian merino sheep. We hope K-Mid liked it, too.
❚ Prince Charles has a penchant for pricey footwear. But he’s been wearing the same £2500 Lobb of St James’s shoes for more than 40 years.
❚ Remember the vomtastic headwear Princess Beatrice wore at last year’s royal wedding (of course you do)? It was rumoured to have cost at least £2000.
❚ Prince Harry spent a much more respectable £115 on some tobacco-coloured suede shoes from Russel & Bromley to wear in Belize this month. But they were dubbed ‘ageing’ and ‘awful’.
A little out of pocket this month? These deals of the week will help you save
FREE WHITE STUFF
Sign up with grocery delivery site Milk & More by March 31 and you’ll get £10 of milk for free. The service also sells bread, cereal, fruit, veg and other supermarket essentials. So you can sort out your weekly shop without even having to leave your sofa. milkandmore.co.uk
HAVE CASH, WILL TRAVEL
If you’ve got the urge to escape, Hotels.com is hosting a spring sale. There’s a rather generous 40 per cent off rooms across the globe between April 1 and May 7. Book by April 9 to get your juicy hotel deal.
BEAUTY FOR CHEAP
If you’re in need of some pampering, head to The Body Shop for discounted products. Spend £30 or more by April 30 to recieve £10 off; spend £40 to get £15 off; and purchases over £50 will save you a tidy £25. For details see thebodyshop.co.uk
HOW YOU SPEND IT!
Jen Harris, 23
Job: Senior sales assistant
How do you budget?
I know I will need a certain amount for rent, my Oyster card and my food shopping. I usually know what I will be spending each month before I spend it, which helps me to keep tabs.
Any money-saving tips?
Try to walk wherever you can and try not to go too crazy in all the shops.
Last big blow-out?
I have been quite controlled recently as I’m saving for a sunny holiday, but every now and then I slip up and spend a little too much money on CDs. HMV is my weakness!
What non-essential items do you spend money on?
CDs, DVDs, clothes, concert tickets, train tickets to visit family and friends.Sometimes if I’m having a rubbish day I treat myself to a fancy sandwich. Unnecessary but worth it!