Actors, musicians, and athletes spend their entire career trying to reach their goals. They’ve always dreamt of being known all over the world and making millions of dollars. Often, they become some of the most famous and richest celebrities in the world. In many cases, it appears that these world-famous stars don’t know what to do with all that money. Celebs like Floyd Mayweather, Nicolas Cage, and Rihanna love to spend their money. They purchase ridiculously expensive items that the average person could only dream of having.
However, not every celeb likes to spend their money as much as possible. In fact, many celebs prefer to save up their money and don’t waste it on unnecessary items. They choose to spend their hard-earned money smart and wisely. Some people might accuse those celebs of being cheap, although they prefer frugal. Some might go a bit far with their thrifty nature but they don’t care since they still have all of their money. Here is a look at the time Kristen Bell wore a $45 Target dress to an event and 14 other frugal celebs.
15 Tiger Woods – Took Back A $5 Tip
At one time, Tiger Woods was the highest-paid athlete in the world. He had numerous major endorsement deals with all the top brands, including Nike, Gillette, and Gatorade. He has an estimated net worth of $270 million. He owns a massive property in Jupiter, Florida that includes a large golf course. He lost several endorsement deals after being entangled in numerous scandals and a bitter divorce. Regardless, he has always been very careful with his money. He enjoys spending on himself but saves when he can. He’s a notoriously bad tipper and
he often claims that he doesn’t carry cash, forcing his dates to leave the tip.
Once, after playing a $10,000 hand at a game of blackjack, he took back a $5 tip he left on the table and pocketed it.
14 Halle Berry – Shops At CVS
World-famous actress Halle Berry has an estimated net worth of $70 million. In 2002, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the critically-acclaimed Monster’s Ball. As a child, her mother struggled to raise Halle and her sister after their father walked out on them. This had a profound impact on Berry who is now very frugal.
To save money, she searches through sale racks and bargain bins.
Additionally, she is a regular shopper at CVS, which is where she buys her wrapping paper. She once said, “I am pretty frugal. I save a lot because I’m always worried about when this trip is going to stop. So I’m saving for that day so I can have a life that is secure and comfortable.”
13 Hilary Swank – Coupon Collector
As a child, Hilary Swank’s family struggled, and she grew up in harsh conditions. In fact, times got so tough that the family lived in a trailer park at one point. Swank is now a highly-praised actress. She is a two-time Academy Award winner for her memorable performances in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby. She has an estimated net worth of $40 million. However,
due to the difficulties she faced as a child, she is very wise and smart with how she spends her money.
Her saving habits are legendary in Hollywood. She is known for her unique ability to search out all sales. She loves coupons and once said, “When you open up the paper and you see those coupons, it looks like dollar bills staring you in the face. It’s how I grew up. Why not?”
12 Tobey Maguire – Saver-Man
There was a time when Tobey Maguire was one of the biggest Hollywood stars. In the last several years, he has cut back on the number of movies he does. He has an estimated net worth of $75 million. He is best known for his roles in Pleasantville, The Cider House Rules, and The Great Gatsby. He portrayed Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.
He grew up poor and always planned on saving all of his money.
He learned from his childhood and is very frugal. He didn’t want to waste his money and be forced to make films he wasn’t interested in. He said, “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.”
11 Tyra Banks – Steals Soaps And Shampoos From Hotels
Reality TV personality and former supermodel Tyra Banks has an estimated net worth of $90 million. She is the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In 2003, she created and hosted the reality competition series America’s Next Top Model. Tyra doesn’t hide the fact that she is frugal and has even gone as far as to refer to herself as cheap. She said,
“I am frugal, I’ve always been this way. 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.”
She is always finding ways to save her money. Often, she steals soaps, shampoos, and conditioners from the 5-star hotels she stays at.
10 Jay Leno – Never Spent A Dime Of TV Money
Stand-up comedian Jay Leno is best known as the former host of The Tonight Show. He has an estimated net worth of $350 million. Leno is known for his love of classic cars and for being quite thrifty.
Aside from his beloved cars, Leno is very cautious and careful with his money.
He’s always been like that. He said, “When I was a kid, I had two jobs. I worked at a Ford dealership and at a McDonald’s. I’d spend the money from one job and save the money from the other.” He carried that over into his adult life. He also said, “That’s still the way I am now. 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.”
9 Leonardo DiCaprio – Drives A Prius
The Oscar-winning Leonardo DiCaprio is known for his love of the environment and of stunning supermodels.
Despite owning his own private island, Leo is known for being frugal.
He has an estimated net worth of $245 million. He no longer uses a private jet and doesn’t own a fancy car. He once said, “I don’t pay lavish expenses. I don’t fly private jets. I still have only one car, and that’s a Toyota Prius.” Additionally, he enjoys the freedom of choosing his acting gigs. He never wants to take on a role he’s not interested in because he desperately needs the money. He added, “I want to accumulate enough so that one day I can do something really great and beneficial for other people, for the environment or for children.”
8 Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher - Cheap Wedding Bands
Many celebs love to throw expensive and lavish weddings but not every celebrity couple is willing to spend a fortune. In 2015, actress Mila Kunis married actor Ashton Kutcher. Kunis has a net worth of $30 million while Kutcher is worth $140 million. Kunis has no problem admitting she’s frugal and is always in search of a sale. When trying to find the perfect wedding band, she checked jewelry stores like Tiffany & Co. She was shocked by the expensive prices. She said, “I was like, ‘They’re how much?’ That is astronomical.”
That’s when she decided to check out Etsy.
She went on to say, “So, I went on Etsy and I was like, ‘$90?’ I was like ‘Buy now!’ Ashton’s was $100, so technically, his wedding band was a little bit more expensive.”
7 Lady Gaga - The Bargain Hunter
In a short amount of time, Lady Gaga has become one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She has released numerous chart-topping singles and has won a Golden Globe Award. She has set several Guinness World Records and won 6 Grammy Awards. She has an estimated net worth of $275 million. Unlike some other penny-pinching celebs, she does spend her money on some extravagant items, such as spending $60,000 on 27 koi fishes and buying a $23-million Malibu estate.
However, she is thrifty and uses coupons when it comes to grocery shopping and buying clothes.
She posted to Twitter, “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.”
6 Michael Jordan – Refuses To Give Money To The Homeless
Michael Jordan is considered one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the NBA. He played 15 seasons with the NBA and won several championships playing for the Chicago Bulls. Additionally, he landed numerous major endorsement deals and is most famously linked with Nike Air Jordan. He has an estimated net worth of $1.31 billion. Aside from owning a ridiculously large and expensive mansion, Jordan is actually known for being very frugal.
He is also known for being a notoriously stingy tipper.
According to former rival Charles Barkley, Jordan does not believe in giving money to the homeless. Barkley noted that every time he gave money to the homeless, Jordan would slap his hand and say, “If they can ask you for spare change they can say ‘Welcome to McDonald’s, can I help you please?”
5 Sarah Jessica Parker – Her Kids Wear Hand-Me-Downs
Sarah Jessica Parker became world-famous with her role as the glamorous Carrie Bradshaw on the popular HBO series Sex and the City. Parker is considered a fashion icon and has an estimated net worth of $90 million. Additionally, she is married to actor Matthew Broderick who has an estimated net worth of $45 million. Parker grew up very poor and still remembers the humiliation she felt when getting her welfare free meal ticket at lunchtime. She said,
“I knew I was different from the kids who pay for lunch or bring their lunch from home.”
As an adult, she is quite frugal and counts every penny she spends. Her children wear the hand-me-downs of their older cousins. Additionally, she loves to wear fancy dresses but prefers to wear something free.
4 Mark Zuckerberg – Backyard Wedding
The co-founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is the fifth richest person in the world. He has a net worth of $76.1 billion. Most celebs with that amount of money can’t help but spend it on everything. They purchase a lavish mansion and rare cars and splurge on random items. Zuckerberg doesn’t fall into that category and is actually very tight with money. Not all billionaires need to live in a mansion with a helicopter pad. Instead, he lives in a modest $7-million Palo Alto home. He also traded his $30,000 Acura for a manual Volkswagen hatchback. In 2012, he married longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, in his backyard
and took her to McDonald’s during their Honeymoon in Rome.
However, it should be obvious that the billionaire is thrifty by the way he dresses, which almost always includes a hoodie, t-shirt, and jeans.
3 Zooey Deschanel – Tight Monthly Budget
Zooey Deschanel currently portrays Jessica Day on the hit Fox sitcom New Girl. She has had a long career and starred in a number of memorable films, such as Almost Famous, 500 Days of Summer, and Elf. However, she is truly famous for being one of the most frugal stars in all of Hollywood. She has an estimated net worth of $16 million. She has a very tight monthly budget plan that she adheres to—
$800 goes to utilities, $300 for cellphone and Internet, and $2,000 for clothing.
She is very charitable and sets aside $1,500 for charity. Additionally, she invests her money into real estate and stocks. She also has three credit cards and absolutely no credit card debt. All three cards have a balance of zero at all times.
2 Mick Jagger – Bargaining With Who?
Rock icon and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has an estimated net worth of $360 million. Jagger has trashed hotel rooms, was addicted to drugs, and slept with many beautiful women. However, even rock stars are careful with their money. He negotiated prices every chance he could get and was always in search of a deal. According to the tell-all book, Backstage Pass Vip, Jagger is very cost-conscious and tight with his money. During the peak of their popularity in the 70’s, Jagger would spend some nights with various call girls and would always try to negotiate a cheaper price. Author Debra Sharon Davis said, “Even then, Jagger outlined what he was willing to pay as if he were negotiation the details of a world tour—micro-managing the transactions with call girls in Europe.”
1 Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard - $142 Wedding
Kristen Bell is best known for her breakout role in the beloved series Veronica Mars. She currently stars in the NBC sitcom The Good Place. Additionally, she voiced Princess Anna in the critically-acclaimed animated film Frozen. She is one of the biggest stars in the world with an estimated net worth of $10.1 million. Despite having all that money, Bell doesn’t need to spend a whole lot on designer dresses. In fact,
she has a very special designer she goes to, Target.
She once attended the opening of a San Diego hotel wearing a strapless $45 Target dress. Her husband, Dax Shepard, has a net worth of $10 million. They had one of Hollywood’s cheapest weddings. They married at the Beverly Hills County Clerk office with a few friends in attendance. The cost of the entire wedding was $142.
Sources: Cheatsheet, moneycrashers
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