Money-Saving Secrets from Thrifty Celebrities


These thrifty celebrities really are just like us! They clip coupons, cook meals at home, and live on modest budgets despite their fame and fortune.

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Live Within Your Means Like Jennifer Lawrence

Even though she’s one of the biggest stars on the planet, Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t spend her multi-million-dollar paychecks on flashy cars or mansions. She drove a modest Volkswagon for years, even after starring in The Hunger Games.

Clip Coupons Like Kristen Bell

Kristen works hard for her money, but she doesn’t spend much of it. The frugal Frozen star and her husband, Dax Shepherd, reportedly only spent $142 on their courthouse wedding.

She’s also a huge fan of clipping coupons. Her favorite is the 20% off Bed, Bath, and Beyond coupon. “I may or may not have stolen them out of my neighbors’ mailboxes sometimes,” she told Conan O’Brien.

Save Money Like Jay Leno

When Jay Leno landed The Tonight Show, he made a vow to save his paycheck and live off his stand-up comedy income instead. He banked $15 million a year–money he could have easily blown during the height of his fame. Just ask someone like MC Hammer, who wildly overspent millions of dollars.

While you might not be able to save your entire paycheck, it’s a really good idea to save as much as possible. Like Jay, you might look into taking on a part-time job or starting your own sideline business to earn extra money each month.

Use a Budget Like Zooey Deschanel

When Zooey Deschanel was going through a divorce a few years ago, we all got a peek at her monthly budget. Even though she has millions in the bank, Zooey runs a tight ship at home.

At the time, she was earning almost $100,000 a month on New Girl and spending just over $20,000 to run her household. She also carried a zero balance on her credit cards and donated $1500 a month to charity!

Sure, those numbers are more than what most of us have to budget every month (or even every year), but we can all be more like Zooey and stick to a budget.

Forget About Status Symbols Like Dave Grohl

The Foo Fighters rocker has earned millions during his career, but Dave Grohl is down-to-earth when he’s not on stage. He drives a boring, practical car and lives in a house that’s comfortable enough for his family without being wasteful.

What does he do with all that extra cash? “It goes straight into my bank account, where it turns all moldy and smelly,” he told The Red Bulletin.