It’s easy to assume that most celebrities live lavish lifestyles of luxury and indulgence, where money is never a factor. And while that’s often true, it isn’t always the case. Want proof? Take a look at these frugal celebs who know how to stretch a dollar.
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When Mila Kunis married Ashton Kutcher, she definitely did not go overboard when it came to her wedding ring. During a 2016 appearance on Conan, she showed off her ring, revealing she purchased it on Etsy for $90. “I’ve been talking to you for years and I’ve always loved the fact that you’re frugal. You’re very upfront about that,” Conan O’Brien said at the time. She replied: “That’s a nice way of saying ‘cheap,’ but yes.”
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NBA legend Michael Jordan’s net worth is estimated at being in excess of a billon dollars, yet the former Chicago Bulls star has earned a reputation for being notoriously stingy when it comes to picking up a cheque. In a 2010 interview, Rich Strafella, VP of Operations for the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, shared an illustrative anecdote about the time Jordan and hockey icon Wayne Gretzky (both are among the highest-paid retired athletes) were gambling together in the casino. “Michael had ordered a drink from the cocktail waitress, and he gave her a five-dollar chip. Wayne took it off the cocktail waitress’s tray, gave it back to Michael, grabbed a hundred-dollar chip from Michael’s stack and put it on the cocktail waitress’s tray. Then he said, ‘That’s how we tip in Las Vegas, Michael.’”
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The breakout star of hit comedy Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish is a true rags-to-riches story, who was once so broke she was forced to live in her car. In a routine from her 2017 comedy special, she recalls being taken to task by co-star Jada Pinkett Smith when she discovered Haddish’s Michael Kors handbag was a cheap knockoff. Haddish responded: “Well, until I can afford the real sh*t, I'ma be rocking the fake sh*t! And I have no problem with that, Jada.”
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Despite being an internationally famous recording artist with numerous chart-topping hits, Ed Sheehan revealed in a 2014 interview that he pays himself a meagre monthly allowance of “maybe a grand. I really don’t spend much money. I spend most of it on taxis!”
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In a 2014 interview with Glamour, actress Keira Knightley revealed that despite the millions she makes as a movie star, she insists on putting herself on an allowance of just $50,000 per year. “It’s something around that,” she confirmed. “I mean, if I want or need something that goes over that, I get it, but, yes, around that.” For Knightley, however, the goal isn’t just to save money, but also to remain grounded. “I think living an [expensive] lifestyle means you can’t hang out with people who don’t live that lifestyle,” she explained. “It alienates you. Some of my best, most hilarious times have been in the least luxurious places.”
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Another famous coupon-clipper is two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank. “When you open the paper and see those coupons, it’s like dollar bills staring you in the face,” she said during a 2010 appearance on Live With Regis and Kelly. “It’s how I grew up. Why not?”
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Foo Fighters frontman (and let’s not forget, former Nirvana drummer) Dave Grohl has been in not one but two of the most successful bands in rock history, and in a 2014 interview revealed what he does with all his money. “It goes straight into my bank account, where it turns all moldy and smelly,” he joked. “I don’t waste my time thinking about how I could make more when I already got enough.”
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As star of such hit TV series as Veronica Mars and The Good Place — to say nothing of her role in Disney mega-hit Frozen — it’s safe to say that actress Kristen Bell has raked in a few bucks over the years. Despite her wealth, Bell admits she loves a bargain and is a big fan of coupons. “I’m not saying I did do it, but I may or may not steal them out of my neighbours’ [mailboxes] sometimes,” she told Conan O’Brien in a 2012 interview.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar may have slayed vamps on the '90s cult favourite television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but in real life, the actress knows how to slash her spending. From coupon-clipping (her pro-tip is to check the coupons at Bloomingdale's) to avoiding big purchases, Gellar is smart about her spending. In fact, before she got her electric car, Gellar told CNBC's Make It she used look up gas prices and mission on over to where the cheapest gas was to fill her tank. Don't worry, we wrote down that sweet tip too.
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The Big Little Lies star revealed in a 2014 chat with The Hollywood Reporter that she saves a ton of money by wearing secondhand clothing. “I exclusively buy used clothes,” said the avowed environmental activist. "I'm going to be a citizen of this planet, and I'm going to do my responsibility and live in stride with nature instead of constantly fighting against her.”
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