Oh the irony! Cash in the Attic host (and debt expert) goes bankrupt

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Lorne Spicer has filed for bankruptcy in England, where she is known for telling other people how to raise cash and get out of debt. According to the Sun, the 43-year-old TV host used her married name to submit the paperwork, trying to avoid the negative publicity. The host of Cash in the Attic, Car Booty and Beat The Bailiff also writes an online column for the BBC on budgeting and how to get out of debt.

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The Sun quotes one of her columns: ""Make a budget and stick to it. Putting the numbers down on paper will show you just where all the money is going. Set a limit on how much you are going to spend - and stick to it."

Seems like she did not follow her own advice.

The trouble seems to stem from Spicer opening up an art and antiques shop in her home town of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, where she had to put down a substantial investment, but was trying to raise money for charity. Perhaps there's not so much money in selling other people's attic treasures...

Spicer can recover quickly from bankruptcy if she follows some of her own advice. On her list is this key nugget: Get another job. She's a prolific and popular person. While her reputation as a debt expert may be tarnished, she could still take on something like a game show or a news program. She'd be back in financial security in no time.
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