'I never tell people how much I spend, I always lie about it. My husband doesn't know how much I spend and neither do I, I blank it from my mind, I couldn't add it up I couldn't face it. The problem is that it's in my blood, I was taken shopping as a small child and I saw my mother spend, really spend. She always used to lie to my Dad about how much. I picked it

up from her I suppose.' We watch her in action in Whistles Covent Garden. She buys two dresses and dismisses others - it is only 10.30 am and there are other shops. By lunchtime she has bought a pair of shoes, pounds 89, two skirts at pounds 54 each and pounds 70 on tops. She doesn't want to know the total.( pounds 532).

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