Me and my money: Derby Browne
Spending to save became this singer's new habit after her car went up in smoke
Published 06/04/2010 | 05:00
SINGER Derby Browne found that maybe she should have paid for that new windscreen on her car, despite the €500 bill.
"I bought a second-hand car last year for the first time. After a month, the windscreen wiper broke -- €500 to repair it -- which I refused to pay until I did some research.
"But I had been so busy, I never got around to doing the research, and for the year I drove around leaning to the left whenever it rained, which gave me a migraine and made my passengers nervous," she said.
"Sometimes we would have to stop on the country road on the way to a gig, pull into a farm entrance, and all get out to clean it with tissues and water. I literally couldn't see where I was going. As soon as we'd get back in, a truck would pass and splash us with mud all over again. I used to pray it wouldn't rain -- which was a long shot to ask that of Ireland. A week after the warranty expired, I smelled smoke coming from the bonnet, and that was the end of the car.
"My best-ever buy was my Babyliss heated rollers. They are amazing. I no longer go to hair dressers for blow-dries. These little babies do the trick.
"Petrol, car park fees and mobile phone bills are my biggest ongoing waste of money.
"If I won €5m in the lottery, I would buy a long spa holiday in St Lucia with friends, and while I'm relaxing, I'd think about what I was going to do with it."
- Derby Browne stars as Marilyn Monroe in 'Let's Make Love' at The National Concert Hall, Dublin on Saturday, May 8.