20 Super-Rich Celebrities Who Have Simply Refused To Splash Their Cash

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Some celebrities just can’t resist showing off how rich they are. Indeed, they wear million-dollar shoes to the gym, or they fly private jets, or they throw ridiculously over-the-top parties for their friends. These 20 celebrities, however, are different. They know the value of money, and they would rather live like a normal person than flash their cash around.

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20. Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran has no interest in living like a millionaire. When he achieved his first number one album in 2011, he didn’t party until dawn. Instead the singer retreated to a friend’s house and built some Lego Star Wars models. “You never want to be wasteful,” he told the Irish Examiner in 2014. “I really don’t spend much money. I spend most of it on taxis!” He also buys his D.V.D.s in Amazon sales and still uses his student bank account.

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19. Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts starred in one of the most famous rags-to-riches stories in Hollywood history, 1990’s Pretty Woman. But although she’s certainly not poor, she doesn’t go all out with the riches either. When not working, the star wears inexpensive outfits. Moreover, she even hand-knits garments for her children. In 2012 Britain’s Daily Star newspaper reported a tidbit from an “L.A. mole” saying “Julia never splashes cash on designer gear. She goes to second-hand stores and loves vintage stuff.”

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18. Dave Grohl

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl told The Red Bulletin magazine in 2014 exactly where all his money went. And it was certainly surprising. “It goes straight into my bank account, where it turns all moldy and smelly,” he said. “I don’t waste my time thinking about how I could make more when I already got enough… My only status symbol would be 606, my studio in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.”

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17. Lady Gaga

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On stage, Lady Gaga wears the most amazing, intricate, expensive-looking outfits. In real life, however, not so much. In fact, she prefers regular old clothes like t-shirts and jeans – she’s not going out in public in that meat dress! And the singer also uses coupons, which surprises some people. “Why do people look at me like I’m crazy when I use coupons at grocery or try bargaining at retail?” she posted on her Twitter account in 2012.

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16. Sarah Jessica Parker

Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker is determined never to spoil her son James, as she herself had a fairly humble upbringing. “He only wears hand-me-downs because I’ve got all these older nephews. Plus, my mother saved all my brothers’ clothes,” she told Parade magazine in 2008. “I am not kidding. I don’t think I’ve ever bought him any clothes. Maybe a new winter coat.” She, too, wears unremarkable outfits when going about her daily routine.

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15. Tiffany Haddish

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Actor Tiffany Haddish was once homeless, and understandably, since then she’s been very careful with her money. Her Girls Trip co-star Jada Pinkett Smith once gave her some designer purses as gifts, but if she wants another one she buys it on sale. “I’m probably going to be cheap with my money for a long time,” she told People magazine in 2017. “You know I’ve been homeless, so it’s like, ‘Yeah it’s here now but will it be here in five years?’ I don’t know.”

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14. Mila Kunis

When Mila Kunis appeared on TBS’s Conan in July 2016, she showed off the wedding ring she’d bought for her marriage to Ashton Kutcher. Indeed, she told Conan O’Brien that she got it from Etsy for a mere $90. “I’ve been talking to you for years and I’ve always loved the fact that you’re frugal. You’re very up front about that,” Conan told the actress. “That’s a nice way of saying ‘cheap,’ but yes,” Kunis quipped.

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13. Matthew McConaughey

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Actor Matthew McConaughey is worth $95 million, a truly impressive amount. He doesn’t necessarily live his life like a multi-millionaire, though – more like an easygoing traveler. And that’s because, even after he became famous, the movie star spent time living in a trailer and managed his production company from there. Whenever he needed to meet someone, he could simply drive to the airport and pick them up. Maybe he was onto something with that.

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12. Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell was one of the stars of Frozen, which certainly helped make her a millionaire. And yet, she shops and dresses like a regular person. Her wedding to fellow actor Dax Shepard (also a millionaire) cost a mere $142. And she loves coupons so much she’s even pinched some! “I’m not saying I did do it, but I may or may not steal them out of my neighbors’ boxes sometimes,” she told Conan O’Brien in 2012.

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11. Halle Berry

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Oscar-winner Halle Berry certainly likes to splash out for special occasions, like the birth of her child. But the rest of the time she’s careful with her cash – a leftover from growing up poor. “I am very thankful for my good fortune, but one of my biggest fears is that I could lose it all,” Berry, who is worth $80 million, told the Daily Record newspaper in 2008. “I’m not someone who has to have ten cars and lots of diamonds. I am pretty frugal.”

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10. Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher is another Hollywood celeb who fears one day losing it all. And it seems to be a reasonable fear. Indeed, she noted in her 2006 autobiography, Burnt Toast, that as an older female actress, she felt like a “has-been” before winning a role on hit show Desperate Housewives. The year before that, the actor had mentioned to People magazine that she was careful with material goods. “I drive my cars for ten years until they have 100,000 miles on them,” she said.

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9. Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez has a net worth that’s well into the billions. And yet despite that, she prefers to shop cheaply. On American Idol she once wore a dress that was only $26 – almost any regular non-celebrity could have purchased one. Her favorite sunglasses are reportedly inexpensive ones from Quay Australia. And she doesn’t use high-priced washes on her face, either, just Vaseline. So, perhaps in a way she really is still Jenny from the Block.

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8. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, A.K.A. Sarah Michelle Gellar, truly loves coupons and a good bargain. In 2011 she told Female First about the shopping habits of her and her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr. “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-fished,” she said. “And I clip coupons all the time. Why should you pay more for something that someone else is paying less for?”

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7. Keira Knightley

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Actor Keira Knightley is not one to seek out a life of luxury. “I think living an expensive lifestyle means you can’t hang out with people who don’t live that lifestyle,“ she said in Glamour magazine in 2014. “It alienates you. Some of my best most hilarious times have been in the least luxurious places.” Indeed, when she married James Righton it was at a small town-hall ceremony. In addition, the movie star she only allows herself a yearly salary of $50,000.

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6. Steve Jobs

The late Steve Jobs had many personality quirks, and among them was a desire to not let money rule his life. According to a 2011 biography by Walter Isaacson, Jobs was extremely frugal and didn’t want to “live that nutso lavish lifestyle that so many people do when they get rich.” He lived in a fairly small house, wore cheap clothes, and once refused to buy an expensive overcoat when he needed one, preferring to go cold despite his billion-dollar fortune.

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5. Hilary Swank

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Double Oscar-winner Hilary Swank is worth millions, but she grew up poor. In fact, at one point her family lived out of a car. So naturally she’s very careful with her money now and seeks out bargains whenever she can. “When you open the paper and see those coupons, it’s like dollar bills staring you in the face,” she said on Live With Regis & Kelly in 2010. “It’s how I grew up. Why not?”

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4. Jay Leno

Thanks to his former job hosting The Tonight Show, Jay Leno is worth a whopping $350 million. But he, too, used to be homeless, hiding in open houses to avoid spending time on the streets. Now obviously things are different, but he’s careful. “I work and my money relaxes — that’s the way I look at it,” he told website MSN Money in 2018. “I live pretty frugally. I’m a huge believer in low self-esteem. The only ones with high self-esteem are actors and criminals.”

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3. Keanu Reeves

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Keanu Reeves is known as one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, and some of that lies in how he spends his money. Indeed, internet stories of his generosity, written by people who claim to have met him, are everywhere. In fact, it turns out that Reeves simply doesn’t want to keep his fortune for himself. “Money is the last thing I think about,” he told Hello magazine in 2003. “I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries.”

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2. Kate Middleton

How can a member of the royal family possibly be frugal? Well, Kate Middleton manages it. In fact, she often wears regular high street clothes from Topshop, Zara and others – stores any non-royal could walk into. And when it comes to her more expensive outfits, she’s even been known to – gasp – recycle them for different events. Though Kate has access to privilege and power beyond most people’s wildest dreams, she still seems refreshingly down to earth sometimes.

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1. Charlie Chaplin

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Charlie Chaplin is a name associated with comedy… but maybe it should be a name associated with extreme frugality, too. Though he had millions, he never seemed to want to actually spend it on anything, least of all other people. Both Marlon Brando and Orson Welles reportedly complained about his cheapness. Chaplin even once hired inexpensive carpenters from a film set, instead of more trained ones, to build him a house in upscale Beverly hills. The resulting catastrophe was jokingly christened “Breakaway House,” in a nod to its fragile construction.

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