FRIEND to the stars Neil Sean has published a book on how to live like a celebrity – for free.
Mirfield-born showbiz writer and broadcaster Neil brushes shoulders with the stars of stage and screen every day.
And as a cash-conscious Yorkshireman he won’t spend a pound if 50p will do.
Over the years, Neil has been surprised at what celebrities have confided they can pick up for free.
And some big names cling onto thrifty habits despite having money to burn.
Now London-based Neil, entertainment reporter for US channel NBC News, has compiled the tips in a new book How to Live Like a Celebrity for Free, available on the Amazon website.
“It’s amazing what the stars have revealed and, in some cases, the richer they were the tighter they became,” said Neil.
“The book reveals celebrity secrets but it’s much more than that.
“It contains a whole host of tips for saving money that anyone can adopt.
“All it takes is confidence and organisation.
“You have to work at it but that can be really good if you are out of work and looking to rebuild your confidence.”
Pop diva Beyonce revealed her startling secret of luscious locks.
Beyonce’s mum was a hairdresser and growing up the star used sensitive fabric conditioner on her hair, which is just perfect for Afro-Caribbean locks and hair extensions.
Priscilla Presley, ex-wife of rock ‘n’ roll king Elvis, never buys expensive eye make-up remover.
She told Neil: “I just grab my grandkid’s baby shampoo which removes eye make-up just as effectively without the expense.”
Breakfast TV presenter Eamonn Holmes believes everyone needs a bit of front.
“Always have good luggage tags on your bags even if your bags are a bit battered,” he said.
“It proves that you’re a busy traveller, and people tend to upgrade you if you have Gucci or Chanel labels.”
Hollywood actor Stephen Dorff, meanwhile, has a weird tip for fresh breath.
He told Neil: “If you go into a coffee shop they have coffee beans in a cup on the counter and they’re free.
“Pop one in your mouth and it gives you instant fresh breath. Try it. It really does work!”
Neil wrote the book as he toured the country staying at Travelodge hotels.
He was the budget chain’s first writer in residence.
“I really enjoyed writing the book and I hope it helps people save a few quid and helps open their eyes to what you can get for free,” said Neil.