Regular folks have always been obsessed with the lives of Hollywood celebrities. More than just seeing what the superstars do behind the camera, our interest gets piqued when it comes to what their homes look like or how they spend their money.
Although there are plenty of billionaires and millionaires who do live the high life, there are also those who maintain a relatively modest, and some an almost frugal, lifestyle. Save for the fame and fortune, these Hollywood celebs know that living a simpler lifestyle than what they can actually afford is one of the best ways to keep themselves grounded.
The Top 20 Frugal Celebrities
If you’re hardly a millionaire but are already living way beyond your means, it might help to take a cue from these Hollywood celebrities who are living the frugal life:
1. Carrie Underwood
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, Carrie Underwood has a net worth of $70 million. After winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005, she hit it big in the mainstream music industry and went on to win numerous awards.
So how exactly does she live a frugal lifestyle? Just like regular folks, she never pays hundreds of dollars for a simple pair of jeans. She also admits to clipping coupons and thinking twice before making a purchase. Overall, she retained the modest lifestyle that she was used to living in Oklahoma despite earning millions of dollar after her AI win.
2. Christina Ricci
Known for her roles in films like The Addams Family and Casper when she first started in the business, Christina Ricci earns $125,000 per episode when she guest stars on TV shows. Her total net worth is $18 million yet she lives in a pretty modest bungalow in Los Feliz which is worth around $1.5 million.
3. Dave Grohl
With a stellar music career from Nirvana to the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl is known to be one of the most grounded celebrities/music artists in the world. His net worth is $260 million and he does have a huge house in Los Angeles with a built-in recording studio – but that’s as far as he can go in living the celebrity lifestyle.
In a 2003 Business Insider interview, Grohl said that he is careful with spending his money, being almost afraid to spend it, simply because he does not have a high school diploma to fall back on. He’s also committed to being a good financial role model for his daughters.
4. Eric Clapton
With a net worth of $250 million, Eric Clapton is a British musician who earned numerous accolades over the course of his career. He’s the only artist to be inducted onto the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thrice, yet fans have seen him doing his own laundry at a Laundromat in Los Angeles. He does have an extensive art and car collection but other than that, he lives a pretty modest life.
5. Eva Longoria
With a reported net worth of $35 million, Eva Longoria earned her fame from the sets of “The Young and the Restless” and “Desperate Housewives”. Longoria is known to live a frugal lifestyle, a trait which grew on her as a child when her father took her to camping trips without food so they had to live off the land.
Despite reaching a celebrity status in Hollywood, she finds ways to fulfil her image as a glamorous TV actress minus the need for the funds to come from her own earnings, through freebies from sponsors.
6. Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank is a two-time Academy Award winner whose net worth is $40 million. Growing up in a trailer park in Washington, Swank knows how to make her funds last, something which she applies with the millions that she earns these days.
She still uses coupons when going grocery shopping, and she’s not a brand snob which means that she also shops the sales racks at The Gap and have non-designer items in her closet.
7. Jay Leno
Who has a whopping net worth of $350 million and earns $15 million per year? It’s none other than former stand-up comic turned television host Jay Leno. The only sign that he’s living a Hollywood celebrity lifestyle is the fact that he has an extensive car collection. But he does put in a lot of hard work building his wealth as he continuously does stand-up comedy shows.
His technique is to not spend the money he earns from his gig as a late night talk show host, and only live off his stand-up comedy show earnings.
8. Jennifer Lawrence
One of America’s current sweethearts, Jennifer Lawrence has a reported net worth of $40 million. Instead of having a slew of personal assistants running errands for her, Lawrence does her own shopping at non high-end stores, and even clips coupons.
She lives in the same apartment since moving to Los Angeles despite earning fame from the Hunger Games franchise – and has yet to purchase her own house.
9. Katie Couric
Earning $15 million annually and having a net worth of $55 million, TV anchor/journalist/producer Katie Couric rose to fame during her stint as a correspondent for 60 Minutes. She also co-hosted The Today Show and worked for Dateline NBC.
How does a million-dollar earning journalist live a frugal lifestyle? By choosing drugstore brands over designer ones, being on the lookout for bargains, and passing on her financial savvy to her two adult daughters.
10. Kristen Bell
Now married to Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell has a reported net worth of $16 million. Appearing as a guest at the late night show of Conan O’Brien, Bell revealed that she uses coupons, the best of which are for Bed, Bath & Beyond. The couple jokes about having a $142 wedding at a local courthouse, the total of which includes gas.
11. Leonardo DiCaprio
From Growing Pains to Titanic to The Departed, Leonardo DiCaprio has built an illustrious career for himself in Hollywood.
The still-single actor/producer has a reported net worth of $220 million and the only exception to his otherwise frugal lifestyle is buying an island near Belize for $2.5 million. Other than that, the actor has one car, no private jet and lots of charitable endeavours.
12. Mark Zuckerberg
He’s not even thirty years old yet Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is already worth $13.3 billion! Instead of wearing business suits, he prefers street clothes like jeans, hoodies and shirts. When he married Priscilla Chan, the ceremony was held at his home’s backyard and they ate fastfood during their honeymoon in Italy.
13. Mariska Hargitay
Famous for her role in the hit TV shows “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, American actress Mariska Hargitay is reportedly worth $45 million. She is one of the highest-paid actresses on the big screen but this does not mean that she’s living a lavish lifestyle.
Instead of spending her earnings on lavish vacations and pricey cars, she takes steps to ensure her and her family’s financial future.
14. Renee Zellweger
Best known for her role sin Jerry Maguire and the Bridget Jones Diary movies, Renee Zellweger has a net worth of $45 million. She manages to live a relatively frugal lifestyle despite her A-list celebrity status by clipping coupons and running her household on a tight budget.
15. Sarah Jessica Parker
Her character Carrie in the hit HBO series “Sex and the City” might be a huge shoe shopper, but actress Sarah Jessica Parker steers clear of designer shoes and clothes. She reportedly has a net worth of $90 million yet she chooses to wear the Carrie clothes that she was able to keep, and even dresses her three kids in hand-me-downs.
She lives a really modest lifestyle with her three children and husband Matthew Broderick at a house in Greenwich Village, NYC.
16. Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar starred in Buffy the Vampire Slayer which made her fame rise in the early 1990s. Her net worth is around $15 million yet she still clips coupons and are always on the lookout for sale items. She passes on her money management skills to her two kids with fellow actor Freddie Prinze, Jr.
17. Sir Paul McCartney
Sir Paul McCartney is an icon in the music industry and the former Beatle is worth $1.2 billion. Despite his seemingly endless riches, his daughter Stella McCartney revealed that the singer would only foot her college tuition if she chose a state school that’s more affordable.
18. Tobey Maguire
Known for his turn as Spider-Man in the succesful Hollywood film franchise, Tobey Maguire has a reported net worth of $75 million. Maguire and his family live a fuss-free, frugal lifestyle because the actor knows how it is to grow up needing to stretch a dollar.
He says that he does not want to keep making movies when he doesn’t want to anymore just to survive, so he’s being wise in spending what he earned from the superhero franchise.
19. Tyra Banks
Starting work when she was still in high school, model/host/producer Tyra Banks has a net worth of $90 million. Banks reveals that she has always been frugal because her mom instilled in her the value of saving. She knows how to stretch a dollar, does not go after designer trends, or go out to fancy restaurants just to live the Hollywood lifestyle.
20. Zooey Deschanel
New Girl star Zooey Deschanel earns $130,000 per episode and her net worth is $16 million. Even while her earnings are growing, she boosts her income even more by investing in stocks, bonds and real estate. She also lives a relatively modest lifestyle by sticking to a budget despite being one of the top TV actresses today.
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