Celebrities can pretty much afford to buy whatever they want, travel wherever they want, and dine wherever they want. They wear some of the most expensive designer clothes. Some of them have enough to the point they could buy an island. This of course brings out the mentality in most people that if they can afford it, then buy a Rolls Royce, or buy a million-dollar mansion. Most people are envious of celebrities mainly because of their nearly unlimited access to large amounts of cash. However, believe it or not, there are celebrities who are cheap, frugal and live way below their means.
Some of the most frugal names may shock you and include the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tyra Banks. Your jaw will probably drop when you read about their money-saving habits. The Hunger Games star, JLaw, still lives in her L.A. apartment, and Leo still drives a Toyota. Tyra Banks uses her friend’s leftover meat to make omelettes the next morning, and makes sure she takes home the soaps and shampoos from every hotel she visits. This is insane, isn’t it? The list is longer and includes other big names, and more details, than you would have ever expected. Some cheap celebs! Check it out.
15. Zooey Deschanel
Zooey has a net worth of $16 million and earns approximately $2 million per year. In spite of her earnings, she practices healthy spending habits. On a monthly basis, she brings in $95,000, but only spends $22,500 per month for expenses. Instead of spending a large portion of her money on expensive designer clothes, she donates a portion of her earnings to charitable organizations. She also shops at thrift stores and loves sales. Deschanel started off in supporting roles until she eventually landed larger parts in major movies such as The Happening and Elf. She also starred alongside Sarah Jessica Parker in Failure to Launch. As of 2011, she gained the lead in her own Fox sitcom, New Girl.
14. Sarah Jessica Parker
The Sex and the City star is worth $90 million, but she lives a fairly humble life. Throughout her childhood, her family survived on welfare and she was always at the front of the line to get a free lunch ticket in elementary school. Her experience apparently had an impact on her adult life and she’s very careful of how she spends her money. Parker refrains from spending money on lavish vacations, expensive restaurants and private jets. Instead, she keeps the clothes that she wore for her part on Sex and the City and her children’s wardrobe consists of hand-me-downs. At an early age, she helped to bring in income for her family by taking on singing and dancing gigs. Parker revealed how she ended up on Sex and the City and why she almost turned the haughty script down. Her agent, Kevin Huvane, arranged the gig between Parker and the creator, Darren Star. She said, “He called me up and said, ‘Darren Star reached out to me. He’s written this pilot (Sex and the City) and tells me he wrote it with you in mind—you were in his head when he was writing it.’” However, when she met with Star, she was quite hesitant about taking on the role. She said, “I met with Darren, and there were a couple of concerns that I had. Like I really wasn’t keen on doing nudity and language issues, but Kevin continued to say to me, ‘This is different. You have never done anything like this before. No one’s ever done a part like this. Do this.’” Eventually, she decided to take the role.
13. Sarah Michelle Gellar
Known for starring in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar is sporting a net worth of $15 million. She also had a role in The Ringer which brought in $100,000 per episode. Apart from TV, Gellar was also seen in big name movies such as The Grudge, Cruel Intentions and I Know What You Did Last Summer. In spite of her fame and popularity, she does not splurge on things she doesn’t need. It’s obvious that Gellar can afford to pay full price at the grocery store and retail outlets, but she’s a proud coupon clipper and is always on the hunt for items on sale.
12. Jay Leno
Stand-up comedian and former The Tonight Show TV host Jay Leno, earned $15 million per year and is worth $350 million. He earns extra income of approximately $20 million per year from doing stand-up. As surprising as it is, Leno lives a frugal life. After being paid from The Tonight Show, he keeps the rest of his money in the bank after he dishes out fees and taxes. Even though he can afford to live big, why is he so frugal? When Leno was younger, he worked two jobs in order to survive and one of the jobs included washing cars at a Mercedes-Benz dealership. His only splurge, however, is an extensive car collection.
11. Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney is a former Beatle and is considered to be one of the most successful musicians in pop music history. He sold more than 100 million singles and is worth approximately $1.2 billion. In spite of his large sums of money and fame, his daughter Stella McCartney has called him a “tight bastard.” She also said that unless she opted to go to a state school that’s affordable, he refused to dish out the dough. Even his ex, Heather Mills, had issues with him during their marriage and a contributing reason for the divorce was McCartney not spending any money for charitable causes.
10. Warren Buffet
Buffett has a net worth of $65.6 billion and is the biggest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway. He is also one of the most influential people in the world. Even though he can more than afford an extravagant lifestyle, he chooses to live frugal. He still eats out at some of the most expensive restaurants worldwide, but he prefers to indulge in eating McDonald’s hamburgers and drinking Coke. He’s also not much into the fancy cellphones, computers, or luxury vehicles. Buffet plans on giving 99 percent of his earnings to charity once he passes on. He also plans on leaving back enough for his children to survive, but not too much for them to feel that they don’t have to work.
9. Tobey Maguire
Spider-Man actor Tobey Maguire has a net worth of $75 million. Even though he landed big paychecks for his roles, he is still hesitant about over-spending. Maguire is adamant about living frugal so that he does not end up in a messed up financial situation. He doesn’t want to be forced to land movie roles to keep money in the bank. Along with Pleasantville, he has been seen in other movies such as The Great Gatsby, Brothers and Seabiscuit. His acting career started in 1989 when he appeared in a number of supporting roles. He then went on to land larger roles and eventually, made himself a household name due to his role as Peter Parker in the Spider-Man franchise.
8. Katie Couric
Couric is worth $75 million and as an anchorwoman and journalist, most of her big salary came from 60 Minutes and The Today Show. She also was acknowledged as the first solo female news anchor for CBS Evening News. She clearly has plenty of money in the bank, but in spite of that, she does not use many high-end products. She is an avid user of traditional drug store brands such as Dove soap and Eucerin moisturizer. She insists that the more affordable brands work just as good as the more expensive brands. Instead of purchasing new clothes, she borrows clothes from her friends. Before she became big in the entertainment industry, she worked at ABC as a desk assistant. It wasn’t long before she began working with CNN as a producer and when she was given the opportunity, she went on as an on-air reporter. By 1987, she started a job as a reporter with an NBC affiliate station and eventually, she landed a spot on The Today Show where she became an instant sensation.
7. Christina Ricci
First known as Wednesday from The Addams Family, Ricci is worth $18 million. Instead of purchasing a multi-million-dollar mansion, she purchased a one-story 2-bedroom, 3-bathroom house. She appeared in her first film in the 1990 film Mermaids and played Cher’s daughter. Her first leading role was in the popular film, Casper. She also appeared in other films such as Now and Then, Gold Diggers and That Darn Cat while she was a teenager and she appeared in Monster, Sleepy Hollow and The Opposite of Sex as an adult. Her TV appearance on Grey’s Anatomy earned her the first Emmy Award nomination in her career. Apart from acting, Ricci is involved in the R*pe, Abuse & Inset National Network as its spokeswoman.
6. Jennifer Lawrence
She earned $46 million in 2016, and for the second year in a row, she is considered to be the highest paid female actress in Hollywood. In spite of starring in one of the most successful movie franchises ever, and winning an Oscar, she still lives on the cheap side. Lawrence maintains the same apartment in L.A. that she had before she became famous and she still drives the Volkswagen she’s had for years. She is known for starring in The Hunger Games, Winter’s Bone and Silver Linings Playbook. She also had roles in films such as X-Men First Class and The Burning Plain. Why live so modestly? Lawrence said, “I was raised to have value for money, to have respect for money even though you have a lot of it.” Lawrence’s acting career started at the age of 14 while she was spending time with her family on spring break. She received a request to do a screen test after she was asked to take a photo with a stranger. From there, she landed gigs for MTV commercials and appeared in the 2007 film, Devil You Know with Lena Olin. She eventually relocated to Los Angeles where she was booked for small roles on television shows including Cold Case, Monk and Medium.
5. Mariska Hargitay
She is a Law & Order actress who plays the famous role of Olivia Benson in the Special Victims Unit. Mariska Hargitay is worth $45 million and his considered to be one of the highest paid celebrities in television. She makes a large salary of $400,000 per episode, but she knows that her career could end any minute. To make sure that she doesn’t end up in the poor house, she refuses to live like she has a bunch of money. She also saves her money by avoiding extravagant vacations and expensive cars. Hargitay said, “I make a lot now, but I don’t feel that way, because I was poor and had no money for a lot longer than I’ve had it.”
4. Tyra Banks
Say what? Yes, it’s true. Tyra Banks is known for being frugal and has become determined in her saving abilities. While she has hosted her own daytime talk show and is a former model for Victoria’s Secret, her economic skills are on point. With her net worth being $90 million, she can buy nearly anything she wants, but she doesn’t. Tyra said, “I am frugal. I’ve always been this way.” Instead of using electronic gadgets to manage her life, she uses the traditional notebook and pen. Back in 1990, Banks signed a contract with Elle Model Management and that same year, she landed her first print shoot in Seventeen Magazine. The following year, she was booked for 25 runway gigs while she was abroad in Paris. For the remainder of the 1990s, she graced the cover of popular magazines such as Sports Illustrated and GQ. She was also recognized multiples times as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine.
3. Kandi Burruss
Known for starring in Real Housewives of Atlanta, Burruss is worth $35 million. She is also a song writer known for writing a number of hit songs such as TLC’s “No Scrubs” and Destiny’s Child’s “The Writings on the Wall.” Her yearly income comes from multiple sources including record producing, song writing, and being an Xscape group member. She is the founder of Kandi Coated Entertainment and also formed the duo “Peach Candy” with Rasheeda. It’s no question that Burruss is no stranger to stacking her money and she is also not a stranger to keeping her money. In an interview she said: “I am pro live below your means. I was looking at financial books and everything since I was a teenager because my mom was always like, ‘Don’t put your eggs in one basket.’” In the recent months, she shared money advice and secrets to business success. Since she is such a savvy business woman, she said: “I try to invest in things that people can use or things they would enjoy. Something that’s easy to market or promote. Also, things that are in a great price point that will sell quickly so that you can make your initial investment back fast.”
2. Leonardo DiCaprio
The big screen actor makes $25 million per movie with a starring role and has about $200 million in the bank. Even though Leo can afford to have multiple million-dollar mansions and almost any expensive car he wants, he prefers a Toyota Prius, for its environmental benefits. As far as traveling, DiCaprio prefers to fly commercial, like most normal people, instead of using a private jet. He is known for starring in The Aviator, The Wolf on Wall Street and Titanic. Before hitting the big screen, DiCaprio started out on television, and eventually he landed an Oscar nomination for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. By 1997, he landed a starring role in the emotional film Titanic which made him known throughout the country and added more zeros in his bank account. Recently, DiCaprio held a charity auction where he managed to raise $45 million. The event was held to support environmental awareness and research. The Gala has been in existence since 2014 and attendees included A-list celebrities such as Mariah Carey, Chris Rock, Naomi Campbell and Bradley Cooper, among others.
1. Eric Clapton
As one of the best guitar players in the world, Clapton is worth $250 million and was listed as number 53 on the Top 100 Artists of All-Time by Rolling Stone. While Clapton enjoys spending money on cars, art and other hobbies, he otherwise lives a very frugal lifestyle. In order to save money, he does his own laundry. He was spotted at a laundromat in Los Angeles loading his clothes into a washing machine. He also wasn’t dressed fancy as he was seen wearing regular clothes which included a brown jacket, tennis shoes, and even old jeans. Clapton started his music career in 1965 when he joined John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and followed up with the album The Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton. Throughout his career, he won 18 Grammy Awards and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times.