Model Kerri gets a lesson in spending

For a former Miss Norfolk, more used to eating fillet steak and drinking champagne, it came as a shock to find herself surviving off extra-value potatoes for a month.

For a former Miss Norfolk, more used to eating fillet steak and drinking champagne, it came as a shock to find herself surviving off extra-value potatoes for a month.

But Kerri Parker, who had to live off £7 a day, was not the latest victim of the fickle fame game.

The shop-aholic model was last night involved in a new Channel 4 show that takes big spenders and sees how they get on when their credit cards have been confiscated.

The 22-year-old, who bought a £40,000 BMW and spent around £10,000 on shoes last year, was being taught to manage her money better for the programme Your Money Or Your Wife.

And, in an attempt to teach her not to waste cash, she had to give away £500 to strangers at a bus stop.

She found the experience made her appreciate what she had, but said she went straight back to her old habits as soon as the six- week shoot was over, as it was such a relief to be able to spend money again.

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She said: "My boyfriend and I did manage, but we couldn't afford to go out. We had to get a DVD for the night and stay at home, and that was already half our daily allowance spent."

And Miss Parker, who has been crowned Miss Norwich, and was one of FHM's high street honeys in 2003, and features in several calendars in time for Christmas, added: "As soon as filming finished we spent more than £1000 on a puppy. We fell back into our old ways". But she said she would no longer spend £1,000 on a handbag.

The Norfolk girl, who grew up in Dereham and now lives in Norwich, said her aim was to "help put the city on the map in the modelling

world."

"There are so many pretty girls in Norfolk," she said, "and you don't have to fit into the ditzy model stereotypes."

With a brown belt in karate, she can strike her opposition with a roundhouse kick as easily as she can strike a pose.

Hollywood stardom beck-oned after she filmed a walk-on part in a movie called I Want Candy starring Carmen Elektra.

And future headlines are likely to read "Beauty Catches the Beast," as she is studying criminal psych-ology - proving she has brains as well as looks.

She said: "I'm just a Norfolk girl at heart, born and bred on a farm. I know that I only have a certain shelf life as a model, so I need to have other things I can do afterwards.

"Perhaps I will become a criminal psychologist, and I'd like to work for the police."

And she warned other girls in the county wanting to model to be careful, saying that there were unscrupulous agencies who could exploit them.