8 Celebrities Who Live on a Budget

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Keira Knightly made waves when she recently told Glamour magazine that she gives herself an allowance of just $50,000 a year.

The actress reportedly has a net worth of $50 million (remember all those Pirates of the Caribbean films?).

“I think living an [expensive] lifestyle means you can’t hang out with people who don’t live that lifestyle,” the 29-year-old Begin Again actress told the magazine. “It alienates you. Some of my best most hilarious times have been in the least luxurious places.”

Of course, she noted that there are a few exceptions (the girl does like her Chanel couture) but pretty impressive otherwise.

Knightly isn’t the only rich celebrity who doesn’t spend like the millionaire that she is. She is actually part of a rather large group of some pretty famous and savvy people.

Let’s take a look at seven other celebs who respect the meaning of the word budget:

1. Sarah Jessica Parker

Even though Sarah Jessica Parker clearly likes her shoes, the woman does know the meaning of being frugal; she grew up poor in a large family in Ohio. She even dresses her children in hand-me-downs from their cousins.

“I think it’s incumbent on my husband and me to really stress and to show James Wilkie by example what it means to owe your community something and that he is not entitled to the benefits of our hard work,” the actress told People magazine.

2. Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel doesn’t need to budget – she chooses to.

Deschanel reportedly earns a monthly paycheck of $100,000 for starring in the hit sitcom, New Girl. She’s listed $1,578,000 in the bank, $1,645,000 in stocks and $693,300 in property, bringing her total net worth to $3,916,300. And yet she spends a relatively small $22,550 a month. That sounds like a lot, but look at all the money she makes (she also has many endorsement deals, a website and a band).

3. Sarah Michelle Gellar

The Buffy alum is a coupon girl. Even though she has a net worth of $15 million she has said, “Why should you pay more for something that someone else is paying less for?”

4. Tyra Banks

Banks has a net worth of around $75 million, and yet this girl is all about saving.

Just like she did as a kid, she hoards her allowance (it is just a bit bigger now). Plus, Tyra loves her chain restaurants. She is a big fan of The Cheesecake Factory.

“I am frugal. I’ve always been this way,” Banks told The New York Times. “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.”

5. Kristen Bell

The Frozen actress and new (and expectant) mom is also into cutting coupons.

“I use a lot of coupons,” Bell told late-night host Conan O’Brien. “The best coupon you can get, possibly in the world, is the Bed Bath & Beyond coupon.”

6. Mariska Hargitay

Hargitay has become one of the highest paid actresses with her long running gig on Law & Order: SVU. She earns about $500,000 per episode, and yet she is still an avid budgeter.

“I constantly worry about money,” the star told More magazine. “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… I’m saving money to live on, for the future.”

7. Jennie Garth

90210 star Jennie Garth has three daughters, and tries to save on their clothing wherever possible.

“We usually buy new things that can be mixed and matched with their existing wardrobe,” said Garth. “Back-to-school is a great time to clean out their closets, and anything outgrown we donate or [sell].”


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