First there was “The Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous” then there was MTV’s “Cribs”, now there’s “The Fabulous Life Of…” It seems we have always been fascinated to know how celebrities spend their money. A multi-million dollar vacation home in Malibu here, a garage full of luxury cars there, a custom-built double Sub Zero refrigerator fully loaded over that way, and maybe even a diamond-encrusted shoe closet bigger than Disney World tucked away over there. It’s hard to look away.
This may be why most people don’t buy the idea the media portrays, with regards to celebrities living a lifestyle just like ours. Nice try, but it’s hard for the average person to believe that a star can relate, just because they pump their own gas, especially if they’re pumping that gas into a decked out Bentley. Extreme extravagance just seems to be the lifestyle of choice for celebrities and there is seemingly very little room left for modesty.
In reality, some stars really do live a much more reserved and modest lifestyle. They may not exactly be living like the average Joe, but they are definitely a far cry from the overindulgent glitz and glamours of many extravagant celebrities. Find out who keeps their wallets even tighter than their jeans, making the cut of Hollywood’s frugal few.
10. Christina Ricci
Christina sure has come a long way since her days as the creepy, yet oddly lovable, Wednesday Addams. With a reported net worth of $18 million, Ricci could be living pretty large. Instead, she bought a single story 2-bedroom, 3-bathroom bungalow in Los Feliz for approximately $1.5 million. Although, Ricci put the 1,891 square foot bungalow on the market recently, so time will tell if she upgrades. But there is no doubt she’s most comfortable in cozy places. In fact, the actress recently posted a picture of herself crammed inside a refrigerator on Twitter, sparking the hashtag “#riccing.”
9. Sarah Jessica Parker
Carrie Bradshaw will always be remembered for her haute couture, stiletto heels, and designer duds. But in real life, former Sex And The City Star Sarah Jessica Parker is practically to total opposite of Carrie. Even though Parker is worth an estimated $90 million, she claimed to only dress her son, James Wilkie, in hand-me-downs when he was young. In a 2008 interview, Parker told Parade magazine that James “only wears hand-me-downs because I’ve got all these older nephews… Plus, my mother saved all my brothers’ clothes. I am not kidding. I don’t think I’ve ever bought him any clothes. Maybe a new winter coat.”
8. Zooey Deschanel
This New Girl star is anything but new on balancing a checkbook. During her 2012 divorce to, Death Cab For Cutie front-man Ben Gibbard, Deschanel’s finances were revealed in a court document that was obtained by tabloids. The detailed financial report disclosed that Deschanel brought in approximately $95,000 a month but only had an expense sheet that totaled $22,500 – including $800 in utility bills and $1,500 in charity donations. It also highlighted that Deschanel had zero balances on all three of her credit cards. It seems to get even better for the doe-eyed actress, though. Since her divorce, her reported net worth is said to have tripled, raking in $125,000 for every episode of New Girl.
7. Dax Shepard And Kristen Bell
Guests of Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s wedding probably didn’t have to worry too much about overspending on the couple’s gift registry. The two newlyweds, whose combined net worth is an estimated $18 million, like to joke about having the “worst wedding ever!” Shepard said in a recent interview that the ceremony cost the couple a grand total of $142 “including gas!”at the local courthouse. Bell also confessed her penny-pinching ways to late night talk show host Conan O’Brien. “I’m very frugal,” she told O’Brien. “I use a lot of coupons. The best coupon you can get, possibly in the world, is a Bed Bath & Beyond coupon.”
6. Dave Grohl
The world famous, ex-Nirvana drummer, turned Foo Fighters member might be reportedly worth a cool $225 million, but Dave Grohl vows to never take it for granted. He has a large house in L.A. with a built-in recording studio, but he says that’s as extravagant as he’s willing to go with his bank. Business Insider reported that in a 2003 interview, Grohl said “I’ve got tons of money,” he said, “but I’m afraid to spend it. Not having a high school diploma to fall back on, I’m going to be really careful with what I’ve got.”
5. Tyra Banks
This top model might have a celebrity net worth of $90 million, but Tyra Banks says she’s anything but extravagant. In 2008, Banks told the New York Times, “I am frugal. I’ve always been this way.” She continued saying that when she was young, her mom gave her a weekly allowance which she would always make sure to “peel from” to put away in savings. As avid penny-pinchers so often do, Banks admits that she likes to stock up on hotel soaps and her tastes in dining-out, sometimes only get as fancy as The Cheesecake Factory.
4. Sarah Michelle Gellar
Just call her Buffy The Retail Price Slayer. Sarah Michelle Gellar says money was tight when she was growing up after her dad walked out which taught her how to live frugally, a habit that has carried over into adulthood. Even though the actress is worth an estimated $15 million, Gellar isn’t shy about using coupons and pinching pennies whenever she can. She told Self magazine that she goes to Bloomingdales on double reward days, prints out her dry cleaning coupons, brings her own bags to Whole Foods to get a discount, and always gets fish that is on sale when she’s there. “I use coupons all the time. Why should you pay more for something that someone else is paying less for?” Her modest lifestyle must be working well for her. Gellar and husband Freddie Prinze, Jr. have been happily married for over 11 years, which is approximately two lifetimes by Hollywood’s standards.
3. Jay Leno
The former Tonight Show host can definitely retire without worrying about income. Jay Leno might have more cars than an auto dealership, but he claims to be very strict when it comes to spending cash. Worth an estimated $250 million, Leno says that he grew up with two jobs: one that he used for bills and spending cash, the other that he used for savings. And that is how he continued to handle his finances throughout his comedic career, even into retirement. Leno has famously put every dime he made off of the Tonight Show in the bank (which in 2009 and 2010 was as high as almost $25 million) and lives off of his stand-up comedy work. “That’s just my style,” Leno said.
2. Paul McCartney
You would probably assume the child of a Beatle worth a reported $820 million would have it made in the shade without a care in the world. But that’s apparently not the case if that mentioned Beatle is Sir Paul McCartney. Stella McCartney, famous designer and daughter of McCartney, has referred to her father a “tight bastard,” claiming that he would only foot her college tuition bill if she chose a more affordable state school, over a pricey private institution. The former Beatle also allegedly threw a party at which he charged his guests for drinks.
1. Leonardo DiCaprio
So what if he bought one measly little island near Belize for $2.5 million, Leonardo DiCaprio says when it comes to expenses, he’s as tight as they come. He may have played rich spender in Wolf on Wall Street, but it isn’t the case in real life for Leo. With one car in his garage and no private jet to call his own, DiCaprio has said, “I don’t spend money on a lot. Money is very important to me because it allows me the freedom to choose what I want to do as an actor and, more importantly, because I want to accumulate enough so that one day I can do something really great and beneficial for other people, for the environment, and for children.” With a fortune estimated at $200 million, we’ll let the island slide.