Me & My MoneyLeigh Tucker, designer


Are you a saver or a spender?
Unfortunately I’m a spender; thank goodness my husband is a saver.

Do you shop around for better value?
I try to. I’m good with my supermarket shopping, but sometimes I’m too impulsive.

What has been your most extravagant purchase and how much did it cost?
The most extravagant thing we ever bought was a 1983 Mercedes 230CE. It’s totally impractical and not very child friendly, but we love it. I think it was about €3,000.

What purchase have you made that you consider the best value for money?
I bought a headboard from Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic for €375. It’s quite tall and dramatic but simple. I had been looking for one for years; all the others I saw were over €550. It’s really beautifully made.

What ways do you prefer to shop – online or local?
I’m a local shopper, I have always worked in Dublin city, in and around Drury Street. There are such amazing local shops – I would much rather spend locally and help keep these shops alive.

I love shopping online, though, so when I do it’s important to me that it’s with Irish businesses.

Do you haggle over prices?
Never. I find this really awkward and I’m terrible at it.

Has the recession changed your spending habits?
I am a very different shopper since the recession began; I am much more considered in what I buy. Value is paramount. I would much rather spend a little more for better quality and buy less of it, particularly when it comes to things for the kids. I have three girls, so when I buy something I want it to last so that it can be passed down to all three of them.

Do you invest in shares?
Just once – my Eircom experience put me off!

Cash or card?
I’m a cash person. I don’t have a credit card, I cut it up about 10 years ago and I have never had one since. If I really want something I save for it.

What was the last thing you bought and was it good value for money?
I had lunch recently in Coppinger Row, €10 for two courses. The food is amazing; it’s not for every day but a lovely treat.

Have you ever successfully saved up for a relatively big purchase?
The car, it took a while but we did it.

Have you ever lost money?
My house is in negative equity like everyone else.

Are you a gambler and if so have you ever had a big win?
I’m not that much of a gambler. I intend to play the lotto and then inevitably forget. I once won on the Grand National but then never bet again.

Is money important to you?
It is in that I have a family and we need money to live, but I am not very money motivated. We have a lot less than we did before the recession, but I can honestly say we are happier now.

How much money do you have on you now?

Leigh Tucker Willow, a children’s clothing and creative play collection exclusively for Dunnes Stores, is available in selected stores and online at

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