PLEASE FORGIVE ME
❚ In a last-ditch attempt to save his marriage after rumours of infidelity made headlines in 2010, Ashton Kutcher bought Demi Moore a £62,920 hybrid Lexus.
❚ A mere three days after basketball pro Kobe Bryant was charged with rape in 2003, he bought his wife an 8-carat purple diamond ring worth £2.5m. No wonder she stuck by him.
❚ David Beckham extended an olive branch to wife Victoria in the form of
a £1.2m pink diamond ring amid rumours of an affair with his PR lady in 2004.
❚ This was never going to work. After pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna,
in 2009, singer Chris Brown let a £200,000 diamond-encrusted ‘OOPS’ necklace do the talking for him.
£2 Italian Meals
Ask Italian is offering £2 mains after you order one meal at regular price. The offer is valid in all Ask restaurants until May 9, using the voucher found on their website.
SPRING HOTEL DEAL
Ibis is offering 30 per cent off hotel rooms booked at least 20 days in advance for stays until June 10, 2012. Book before May 21 for rooms across the UK.
MEGABUS FOR A FIVER
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HOW YOU SPEND IT
Jen Melvin, 29
Job PhD student
From St John’s, Canada
How do you budget?
I make a budget every three months that includes food, transport, phone and internet bill and miscellaneous bits (very important). I also transfer money for rent, council tax, water and electricity bills into a shared account with my boyfriend every month.
Any money-saving tips?
Cycling is my money-saving tip. You can get great second-hand bikes from ReCycling, a repair shop in Elephant and Castle.
Last big blow-out?
My last big blowout was a cute pair of trainers online. They cost £55 and give me blisters, but are worth it.
What non-essential items do you spend money on?
I spend quite a bit of money on going out to eat. Drummond Street in Euston is the best place for restaurants. That’s my big non-essential spend.