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Mayukh Saha
Mayukh Saha
February 20, 2024 ·  5 min read

15 Financially Responsible Celebrities Who Live Below Their Means

It is not rare to hear stories about people who have changed drastically when they have a lot of money. It is most apparent in the difference in reality that celebrities usually showcase through their attire and behavior. However, not everyone is like that. Rather than constantly spending a lot of money on flashy and expensive items, these celebrities choose to save money or purchase during sales instead. Here are 15 financially responsible celebrities from whom even we plebians can learn a thing or two.

1. Halle Berry

LOS ANGELES - JAN 31: Halle Berry arrives for the ÔMoonfallÕ Premiere on January 31, 2022 in Hollywood, CA
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Halle Berry, while speaking to the Daily Record, explained that her frugal-ness comes from the worry that her wealth will run out one day. As such, she remains extremely grateful for her good fortune. She admits that she does not need nor want diamonds and 10 cars.

2. Carrie Underwood

LOS ANGELES, CA. September 20, 2018: Carrie Underwood at the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony honoring singer Carrie Underwood. Pictures: Paul Smith/Featureflash
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According to Buzzfeed, Carrie Underwood uses her off days to visit the laundromat. There, she uses quarters to do her laundry. Carrie also does the grocery shopping by herself. In 2012, while speaking to Oprah, she admitted that touring becomes a bit difficult since she runs out of time to do these chores.

3. Hilary Swank

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEB 24: Hilary Swank at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California
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The two-time Oscar winner continues to scrounge and use coupons as much as she can because that’s how she grew up. She recalls, in an interview, that people who see her use coupons are excited over being relatable.

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4. Lady Gaga

VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Lady Gaga attends the premiere of the movie 'A Star Is Born' during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy.
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Another coupon user, Lady Gaga was left vexed in 2012 as to why people think she is crazy for using them at grocery shops. She also does not shy away from bargaining. Her explanation: she is a New Yorker.

5. Sarah Jessica Parker

New York, NY - December 8, 2021: Sarah Jessica Parker wearing dress by Fernando Garcia for Oscar de la Renta attends premiere of And Just Like That by HBO MAX at MoMA
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When Sarah was a child, she usually had hand-me-downs and second-hand clothes to wear. She has continued the tradition with her children. The documentary “The True Cost” made her buy clothes for herself that will only last and will be desirable for at least 10 years. 

In an interview with InStyle she said, “Almost 100 percent of my son’s T-shirts are used. And he buys a lot of his items at thrift shops. My daughters all wear hand-me-downs. We’ve been passing down clothes in my family for almost three generations.”

6. Mila Kunis

New York, NY - September 29, 2022: Mila Kunis wearing dress by Carolina Herrera attends Luckiest Girl Alive NYC Premiere at Paris Theater
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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s 2015 wedding bands were from Etsy. Kutcher’s cost $100 while Kunis’ was $90. She had later been exasperated when she saw the charges at Tiffany. 

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7. Ludacris

Rapper & Actor Ludacris performs at the Atlanta Celebrates the 3rd annual THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP on Sept. 18th, 2017 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta Georgia - USA
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The singer had bought an Acura Legend in 1993. He was still driving it in 2014. To him, the car came before his fame and the record deal. Unfortunately, in 2015, an accident left the car heavily damaged. However, the Acura Design Studio restored it completely.

8. Jay Leno
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Jay Leno always maintained two sources of income, from the time he was first employed. Till 2017, he was yet to spend any of the money he earned from the Tonight Show. While speaking to CNBC, he explained that he would work at a car dealership and as a comedian. He would use to spend the dealership income, and bank the comedian income. When the comedy income rose with his popularity, he banked the dealership income instead.

9. Julia Fox

New York, NY - October 3, 2019: Julia Fox attends the Uncut Gems premiere during 57th New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall
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Julia Fox had taken to TikTok to show where she lived – a messy and modest apartment that had a minor mouse infestation. She explained that she disliked excessive displays of wealth and she found it wasteful. She also hoped the showcase would let watchers realize that their situation may not be that bad.

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10. Tyra Banks

WASHINGTON - MAY 9: Tyra Banks arrives at the White House Correspondents Dinner on May 9, 2009 in Washington, DC.
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Tyra Banks’ mother had taught her all she knew about wise investments and saving. So, she spent most of her younger model career at Embassy Suites or Doubletree to save money. As a result, she could afford a house when she was only 20. Tyra, while speaking with Money, explained that she always preferred experiences rather than things.

11. Ed Sheeran

London, United Kingdom - June 18, 2019: Ed Sheeran attends the UK premiere of 'Yesterday' at the Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square in London, England.
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The singer prevents himself from spending too much of his earnings by giving himself an allowance. In 2014, it was about a thousand pounds. He also admitted that he still uses his student account with Barclays since he never needed to upgrade it.

12. Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell at the Los Angeles premiere of 'A Bad Moms Christmas' held at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, USA on October 30, 2017.
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The third coupon user on this list is a big fan of Bed Bath & Beyond. To her, those are the best since they can give discounts of up to 20%. On certain purchases, this would mean savings of more than $80.

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13. Sarah Michelle Geller

LOS ANGELES - AUG 3: Nestor Carbonell, Sarah Michelle Geller, Ioan Gruffudd arriving at the CBS TCA Summer 2011 All Star Party at Robinson May Parking Garage on August 3, 2011 in Beverly Hills, CA
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Geller is the final coupon user and she firmly believes that success does not give the right to spend without control. During a CNBC interview, she recalled how, while shopping at Bloomingdale’s, the person behind her was surprised to see her use a coupon. 

14. Chris Evans

Chris Evans attends Apple TV+ Original Films "Ghosted" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square in New York on April 18, 2023
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In a time when most of us are pushed to replace smartphones every year, Chris Evans used his iPhone 6 until 2022. He even paid his respect on Twitter, when it finally did not turn on anymore. He mentioned the grainy pictures and the battery going from 100 to 0 within an hour.

15. Tiffany Haddish

LOS ANGELES - OCT 17: Tiffany Haddish arrives for ELLE Women in Hollywood on October 17, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA
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During the premiere of Girls Trip, Haddish bought a dress worth $4000 from Alexander McQueen. She has continuously worn it everywhere she could since, including the 2017 SNL hosting appearance and the 2018 Academy Awards. Talk about getting her money’s worth!

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