10 of Hollywood’s Most Frugal Celebrities
Some celebrities spend money as fast as they make it, while others are a bit more frugal. Whether it’s clipping coupons, dressing their kids in hand-me-downs or putting most of their money away for a rainy day, you might be surprised how many Hollywood stars keep an eagle eye on the bottom line.
“I am frugal. I’ve always been this way," the model and media mogul explained to the New York Times in 2008. "When I was young, my mom would give me my allowance, and I’d peel off a little each week and have some to spare.”
“I use a lot of coupons," the 'Veronica Mars' star once told Conan O'Brien. "The best coupon you can get, possibly in the world, is the Bed Bath & Beyond coupon.” (In fact, she loves those so much she may or may not steal them from her neighbors' mailboxes.)
Late last year, Gaga tweeted, "why do people look at me like I'm crazy when i use coupons at grocery or try bargaining at retail, IM FROM NEW YORK WHERE IS THE SALE RACK"
As Leno told Parade Magazine in 2009, "I live on the money I make as a comedian, and I put all the TV money in the bank. I’ve never spent a dime of TV money -- ever."
Sarah Michelle Gellar
The erstwhile 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and husband Freddie Prinze, Jr. may shop at Whole Foods, but they always ask which fish is on sale. "On sale doesn't mean it's bad! It probably just means it's overcaught," Gellar told Self magazine. "And I clip coupons all the time. Why should you pay more for something that someone else is paying less for?"
She's one of TV's highest-paid actresses right now, but the 'Law & Order: SVU' star knows it won't last forever. "I was poor and had no money for a lot longer than I’ve had it," Hargitay recalls. "As an actor, if this show ends next year, then what? As an aging woman, then what? I’m saving money to live on, for the future.”
"I'm lucky because my dad taught me to be frugal and save," the 'Twilight' actress told Marie Claire. "And that's important because I want to know that I don't have to take an acting job for two or three years if I don't want to and that I'll still be able to make my house and car payments and buy food for my dogs.”
Sarah Jessica Parker
Carrie Bradshaw loved to blow money, but Parker herself -- who grew up poor -- doesn't. "[My son] only wears hand-me-downs," Parker once unapologetically said. "I’m not Joan Crawford. But I also don’t want him to think the world he lives in is the real world. It’s not.”
"I'm not someone who has to have 10 cars and lots of diamonds. I'm pretty frugal," Berry said in 2006. "I save a lot because I'm always worried about when this trip is going to stop."
“You know those lotto winners, who win big and blow through all that money? That would never happen to me,” Maguire, who grew up poor, once told Parade Magazine. “I just never wanted to put myself in the position where my spending was so huge that I had to keep making movie after movie."