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Frugal Celebrities

Whether they admit it or not, everyone loves saving money, and that includes celebrities. Though some are won’t come out and say it, the following list of frugal celebrities is a group of people that aren’t ashamed to let everyone know that they’re frugal.

I think many people are afraid to say the “f” word because people often confuse being frugal with being cheap – and they are two completely different things. Here’s how the following celebrities explain their frugality.

1. Lady Gaga

“I didn’t get into this business for the money so I don’t spend a thing, but I am so happy. I am not bankrupt. Actually I spend no money at all.”

“It’s really funny because my manager often calls me and is like, ‘Did you lose your credit card? Did you cut it up? Did you lose it?’

“He is like, ‘Why don’t you spend any money?’ It’s because I don’t. I have not gone crazy.

“I live in the same apartment as I did six years ago and the bedroom is about the size of a small radio studio with the kitchen about four feet away.”

Lady Gaga Frugal

2. Kristen Bell

House of Lies actress Kristen Bell told Conan O’Brien that she “almost exclusively shops with coupons.” Her favorite? “The best coupon you can get, possibly in the world, is the Bed Bath & Beyond coupon.”

Kristen Bell Frugal

3. Mariska Hargitay

“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. As an actor, if this show ends next year, then what? As an aging woman, then what? I’m saving money to live on, for the future. There are not that many roles for women, and I’ve been blessed with one of the great ones.”

Mariska Hargitay Frugal

4. Carrie Underwood

“Doing the weekly shopping, I stock up on stir-fry kits, Amy’s meatless burgers, and armloads of onions and garlic. I put onions and garlic in everything. Ack – as usual, I forgot my coupons. (Yes, I do clip them!)”

Carrie Underwood Frugal

5. Kate Gosselin

“I’ve never shopped at Bed, Bath and Beyond without coupons! I’ve returned with my receipt and a coupon many times, even when “not broke”.

One week, I remember saving more than half my grocery bill that week with coupons.”

Kate Gosselin Frugal

6. Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony may be earning millions throughout his NBA career but if you didn’t know him you would be shocked to see him at the grocery store. According to Denver’s CBS Local, Anthony goes to the supermarket and makes sure he gets the newspapers to “tear out the coupons.”

Carmelo Anthony Frugal

7. Tim Hasselbeck

ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck know that real men save money. Tim’s wife, and co-host of The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck proudly admits that she “married a coupon guy,” and is thankful for that.

Tim Hasselbeck Frugal

8. Mama June

Mama June, mother of TLC’s Honey Boo Boo, was once quoted saying “Anyone who coupons will tell you that it’s a serious addiction. It’s even better than sex!”

Mama June Coupons

9. Hilary Swank

“Just because I have some money now, I wouldn’t use a coupon?” She also admits that she doesn’t spend a fortune on all of her clothing. “My closet is a hodgepodge. I have everything from Louboutins to Gap. You don’t have to have a brand name to be stylish.”

Hilary Swank Frugal

10. Caroline Channing

One of CBS’s 2 Broke Girls, Caroline Channing, used coupons in a recent episode and ended up loving them. However, she’s still doesn’t know how the word is pronounced. Is it “COO-pon” or “CUE-pon?”

Caroline Channing Frugal

11. Roy Hibbert

This NBA star makes sure to stretch his dollars when he goes out to eat at a restaurant. “Going to restaurants, I make sure if I have a coupon, I use it.”

Roy Hibbert Frugal

12. Tyra Banks

“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.”

Tyra Banks Frugal

13. Sarah Michelle Gellar

“We shop at Whole Foods, but we ask which fish is on sale. On sale doesn’t mean it’s bad! It probably just means it’s over-caught. And I clip coupons all the time. Why should you pay more for something that someone else is paying less for?”

Sarah Michelle Gellar Frugal

14. Jay Leno

“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. 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.”

Jay Leno Frugal

As a frugal person myself, it makes me happy when I hear about others that are also frugal. I especially love when celebrities come forward and admit their frugal ways, instead or trying to hide that aspect of their life.

Being frugal is a good thing. Actually, being frugal is a great thing, so go ahead and be frugal – and flaunt it!

Do you know of other frugal celebrities? Let us know in the comments!


  1. Heather R

    I know many aren’t fans but I love Mama June! I saw the episode where she did her extreme couponing.

    • Cheryl

      I love Mama June too! I read an article about her in a magazine and they said that TLC offered to buy her family a bigger house to film in and she refused saying she wanted her kids to remain in the home that they’ve grown up in. It also said that she has saved almost every penny they’ve made on the show and put it in an account for the kids futures. The only thing she’s bought with it was a new vehicle. But the article was written in a way that the writers opinion was she was nuts for doing all this. But I think she is awesome… and I would be the same way if I ever came into money. I loved their coupon episode too.

  2. Kris

    There was a great article in Country Living Magazine a couple of months ago on Corbin Bersen (remember him from LA Law?) and his wife: they live very modestly for celebs.

  3. sarah h

    I heard that kourtney kardashian also uses coupons and was educating her sisters how to use it as well.

  4. Alex

    I have heard Keanu Reeves is quite frugal and lives pretty modestly!

  5. Angie

    There’s an old story about the Queen sending a young Charles out to look for a dog leash that he lost. “Dog leads cost money.”

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