It’s getting harder and harder to sympathize with actors and their First-World problems. With all that money, fame, and adulation, it sounds like they’re living the most dreadful lives and would much rather be stuck in a cubicle filling out timesheets and typing passive-aggressive emails to fellow colleagues. Shame, the poor things suffer so much so that they can entertain us.
That said, not all of them are living large, with a big house, five cars, and money to spend on anything and everything. Some are scrutinizing their pennies more intensely than The Simpsons’ resident scrooge, Mr. Burns.
Whether they should or shouldn’t be living the way they choose is entirely their own business — and no one should be giving money advice here — but don’t be surprised if they develop T-Rex arms when it’s time to grab the check or pay for a round of drinks.
The global economy isn’t what it once was, yet some of these movie stars are taking their frugality to embarrassing limits. If your payout for one film is more than Zimbabwe’s annual GDP and you’re still using coupons at the grocery store, then you should maybe be a bit ashamed of yourself. Though who are we to judge? Being frugal isn’t necessarily a bad thing in this day and age.
Here are the 15 Rich Actors Who Are Insanely Cheap.
15. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence might appear like a typical Hollywood celeb who splurges on stupid stuff for the fun of it, but she is actually quite the opposite. She insists that she has no personal assistants to do her shopping and prefers to shop on the lower end of the price scale as well.
While other actors and actresses will drop money on Bentleys and Ferraris, J-Law was spotted riding in a Chevy Volt after winning Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook. It’s certainly a far cry from the lavish vehicles that her brethren cruise around in, that’s for sure.
Lawrence is so money-conscious that she openly admits to keeping quiet when she found out that she charged $500 worth of Gummy Bears to Lenny Kravitz’s room by accident. We certainly hope they tasted like raindrops from Heaven for that price.
14. Christian Bale
Bruce Wayne is a billionaire playboy and Batman isn’t afraid of forking out money for his high-tech gadgets, but The Dark Knight’s Christian Bale prefers a low-key private life. He tries to live the simple life and doesn’t even like the concept of having a bodyguard. Mind you, he does look like he’s more than capable of defending himself if need be.
It’s his below-the-radar lifestyle which has reportedly enabled him to be picky about his roles. Since he has no private yachts or islands and lives well below his means, he has the luxury of choosing to do only what he wants.
In 2013, it was rumored that he was still driving around in a 10-year-old truck. If that’s true, maybe Bale should consider splashing out on a proper Batmobile for himself, since a decade-old vehicle doesn’t sound like it’s the most fitting for the former Caped Crusader.
13. Leonardo DiCaprio
When he’s not playing Captain Planet or out trying to save the world, Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t let his fame and fortune get the best of him. Part of his reasoning is because of his environment-friendly endeavors and wanting to leave less of a carbon footprint.
Considering the fact that he could own any fleet of sports cars he chooses, he gets around in a modest Toyota Prius instead. If that isn’t thrifty enough, he also refuses to fly on private jets and hops onto commercial airlines like us regular plebeians.
Money is important to DiCaprio, and he doesn’t want to spend it on things which aren’t important to him. Granted, he did fork out $2 million for his own personal island in Belize, but that’s chump change for him nowadays.
12. Halle Berry
The Academy Award-winning actress might be dressed to impress when she’s on the red carpet, but away from the glitz and glamour of showbiz, she chooses to live a rather economical lifestyle.
Halle Berry cites seeing her mother struggling to make ends meet as a single mom and a constant fear that her career might collapse as the main reasons for her cost-saving behavior. But hey, if her career didn’t go bust after 2005’s catastrophic Catwoman, it’s unlikely to ever end, right?
While she openly admits to digging through sales racks, Berry was also spotted purchasing Christmas wrapping paper from a Los Angeles CVS in 2015. Sure, no one really cares about the wrapping paper, only what’s underneath, but from a drugstore? At least splurge on your loved ones a little bit, Ms. Berry.
11. Kristen Bell
After all that dough from starring in Disney’s worldwide phenomenon Frozen, you’d think that Kristen Bell would be making snow angels in the piles of money she earned and singing along to “Let It Go” as she chucks $100 bills out of her limousine — but no. Instead, she’s known for enjoying the cheaper things in life and even rocking up at an event wearing a $45 dress from Target.
The cherry on the $2 dollar cake, though, is that she loves to use coupons. Appearing on Conan O’Brien, she admitted to using lots of them and said, “The best coupon you can get, possibly in the world, is the Bed Bath & Beyond coupon.”
The next time the Veronica Mars producers trying to start a Kickstarter project for another movie, tell them to go ask Bell for funding because she’s obviously not using any of her money.
10. Tobey Maguire
Just like Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire has sticky fingers when it comes to parting with his moolah. His lifestyle is laid-back and as low budget as it comes, as he probably spends most of his days listening to Bryan Adams’s “Summer of ’69” and telling dad jokes.
Even though Maguire acknowledges that he has more money than what he knows what to do with, he likens his circumstance to that of a Lotto winner. He believes if he doesn’t adopt a conservative approach, he could end up blowing all of his money.
Additionally, he believes his frugal ways prevent him from becoming one of those actors who needs to take on work purely because they’re in dire financial straits. Well, how do you justify Spider-Man 3 then, Tobey?
9. Mariska Hargitay
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit‘s Mariska Hargitay is one of the highest-paid TV actors, earning a reported $450,000 per episode. Now, that’s more than enough money to buy a few cupcakes and lattes every day for each and every member of the crew.
Hargitay, though, prefers to live on a budget, as she fears for her longevity in the TV business. At the age of 53, she believes she won’t be desirable for many parts soon, so she’s squirreling away what she can at the moment.
It’s admirable of her and she’s certainly hit the nail on the head regarding the ageism problem in Hollywood. However, considering the fact that Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is still going strong into its 19th season, she doesn’t have much to worry about for the foreseeable future.
8. Vincent Kartheiser
The Mad Men star is famous for his penny-pinching ways. In 2010, Vincent Kartheiser told The Observer that he craved the simple life after finding success early on in his career. He said that he received a lot of free stuff because of who he was, but it didn’t make him happy. So, he gave away the gifts to friends, and even sold it off for $100 where he could.
Rather than buy a big mansion up in the hills, he invested in a bachelor pad, which didn’t even have its own toilet at a point because of renovations. Thankfully, Kartheiser didn’t need to use the cat’s litter box since his neighbor opened up his home– or bathroom rather– to the actor.
7. Sarah Michelle Gellar
Despite Sarah Michelle Gellar and her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., having more money than the average Hollywood couple, she doesn’t like to pay full price on items – including fish.
While the golden rule of buying fish is to avoid the cheap stuff like the plague, Gellar seemingly disagrees. She told Self that, when shopping at Whole Foods, she asks which fish is on sale, adding that a sale doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad but that it’s probably overcaught and thus available in large amounts.
Additionally, Gellar isn’t shy of whipping out the coupons at the register either, as she believes that she shouldn’t have to pay more for something that someone else pays less for. Maybe she should start referring to herself as “Buffy the Price Slayer” from now on.
6. Rob Lowe
As a former teen idol, Rob Lowe certainly lived it up in the ’80s and had his fair share of wild times and debauchery. However, since settling down with Sheryl Berkoff and having two children, he’s taken a different approach to his spending habits.
Lowe proclaims that he doesn’t believe in forking out money for Vipers, Cobras, or expensive book collections, but would rather spend his money on creating memories for his kids and their time spent together as a family. For him, it’s all about the moments and not the objects.
While it’s certainly commendable that he puts his family first, it isn’t like his money will run out if he buys a few books or cars here and there either. Heck, he and Charlie Sheen came up around the same time, and Sheen still spends his money like a rebel without a cause.
5. Keira Knightley
Even though Keira Knightley debunked the story that she only lives off $50,000 a year, she does admit that she prefers a simpler way of life.
Speaking to Glamour magazine, she said, “I think living an [expensive] lifestyle means you can’t hang out with people who don’t live that lifestyle. It alienates you. Some of my best, most hilarious times have been in the least luxurious places.”
The British actress also recycled the pink Chanel dress that she wore to numerous events for her civil wedding to James Righton, and she chose not to break the bank for her special day. While other celebs throw bashes to end all other bashes, Knightley had 11 guests at the wedding itself and 50 at the reception. Sounds like a rather intimate (and cheap) affair.
4. Jennie Garth
Jennie Garth might be famous for portraying the privileged Kelly Taylor on Beverly Hills 90210, but in the real world, she’s far more restrained with spending cash. In fact, she even penned a column for the coupon website RetailMeNot about her journey in saving.
Garth says, “When you’re a single parent, finding a bargain becomes less of a nicety and more of a necessity. That’s why, whether I’m ordering books on Amazon, clothes for my girls at Forever 21 or just random stuff at CVS, I try to shop smart.”
According to her, every dollar that she brings home and saves, means more safety and security for her family. Understandable, but the father of her three children, Peter Facinelli, is also no poor man, so this parsimony might sound a little over the top to some fans, but commendable to others.
3. Sarah Jessica Parker
While her Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw is TV’s biggest shopaholic, Sarah Jessica Parker is tighter than a tourniquet. She might’ve made over half a billion dollars from her time with the franchise, but Parker lives like every cent might be her last.
Not only does she avoid opening nights and fancy restaurants, but she also sidesteps private jets and expensive breaks. While that’s all fine and dandy, there’s a nagging rumor that she’s quite the freeloader and loves to take home the free clothes and props from work.
According to reports, she took home 12 pairs of Swarovski crystalline cocktail glasses from the set of Sex and the City 2. Sheesh, couldn’t she have afforded to buy all this stuff with her astronomical paycheck?
2. Hilary Swank
The two-time Academy Award winner celebrated her first Oscar win in the most unconventional way possible: by going on a cross-country road trip where she refused to spend more than $30 on a motel room. Yep, after winning the granddaddy of all acting prizes, Hilary Swank was more concerned about saving a buck or two rather than living it up.
This should come as no surprise, though, as she’s gone on record saying that growing up in a trailer park has taught her about the value of a dollar. Swank is a big fan of coupons and is known to shop at Target for bulk containers of toilet paper and toothpaste.
1. Russell Crowe
The fact that Russell Crowe can afford to turn down lucrative roles in franchises such as The Lord of the Rings says a lot about his financial affairs. The Oscar winner has a fair amount of cash in the bank, but he isn’t spending his riches on the wild and wondrous.
Instead, he moved to Australia, bought a ranch and an old Jeep, and lives out his days without worrying about the latest Armani suit or TAG Heuer watch. Even when you spot him on the red carpet, it doesn’t appear like he’s too concerned about his hairstyle or what he’s wearing.
Fortunately, if you’re a waiter, his stinginess doesn’t extend to tipping and he’s known to be extremely generous, leaving up to £600 in tips at bars.
What do you think? Should more actors be careful with their money? Can you think of any other actors who are extremely frugal? Let us know in the comments!
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