❚ Despite being worth nearly £200m, Madonna is a notoriously bad tipper. After enjoying a £250 dinner in London with ex-husband Guy Ritchie, she tipped just a measly tenner.

❚ Usher (left) is even worse. Instead of giving a tip at one US restaurant, he (and his big ego) decided to leave his autograph for the staff. How very kind.

❚ Eva Longoria’s wedding cost almost £1m, but she still blagged a lot of freebies for her guests, including L’Oreal products and Van Cleef & Arpels 18 carat yellow-gold bracelets.

❚ Tyra Banks won’t even fork out for shampoo. She’s known to stock up on hotel toiletries so she doesn’t have to buy them, even though she’s worth £47m.


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Ria Ali, 24
Job: Customer services at 247moneybox.com
From: Finchley
Lives: Crystal Palace

How do you budget?
I try to pay all my bills in the first week of the month. I get essentials out of the way so I’m not left with loads of paymentsjust before payday.

Any money-saving tips?
I look to make small savings on everything I spend. I try to buy lesser-known brands for a little bit cheaper. My friends ask why I bother and I know it’s a cliché, but if you look after the pennies, the pounds look after themselves. I guess it’s said for a reason!

Last big blow-out?
My brother’s wedding. I wanted a new dress but ended up with shoes, a hat and accessories to match.

What non-essential items do you spend money on?
Shoes (the last pair were six-inch pink velvet for £150) and colour contact lenses.