Pop superstar Britney Spears loves shopping but refuses to simply throw away her cash on over-priced garments.

The singer insists her frugal upbringing in rural Louisiana has taught her the value of money, and she simply couldn't bring herself to buy anything with a ridiculous price tag.

She says, "I'm not like I used to be. I used to roll quarters for freakin' clothes.

"Sometimes I splurge but there is something about me, like, if there is a sweater for $1000, I can't buy that. There's something in being raised a certain way and I can't do that.

"But yeah, shopping makes me happy. You go out and buy a hat and I'll buy some shoes and you feel pretty. I feel girly."

17/11/2003 09:53