Celebrities ranging from Hollywood stars to professional athletes are known to make millions. But not all of them spend like rich folks.
Some clip coupons. The following celebrities have fessed up to the practice publicly and are only too happy to share their frugal knowledge.
For some of the rich and famous, couponing stems from humble upbringings. For others, it’s a reflection of their ability to appreciate the value of a dollar saved despite millions of dollars earned.
Like the rest of us, the rich and famous use coupons for certain types of purchases more often than others. Some celebrities love to use coupons for groceries and eating out. Others use them for just about anything from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
1. Carmelo Anthony
Professional basketball player Carmelo Anthony, currently of the New York Knicks, told CBS Denver that people look at him with shock when he uses coupons at the grocery store:
“I go to the supermarket, make sure I get the newspaper and tear the coupons out; save a dollar or two. … I’m human too.”
2. Kristen Bell
Actress Kristen Bell told comedian Conan O’Brien on his TV talk show “Conan” that she is “very frugal”:
“I use a lot of coupons. I almost exclusively shop with coupons.”
Her favorite coupon is Bed, Bath & Beyond’s 20-percent-off-one-item offer distributed by mail. (You can also sign up for them here.)
3. Sarah Michelle Gellar
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar told Self magazine that she and her actor husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., shop sales and use coupons:
“I clip coupons all the time. Why should you pay more for something that someone else is paying less for?”
4. Lady Gaga
The pop star born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta stirred up headlines with a single social media post when she tweeted about couponing:
“Why do people look at me like I’m crazy when I use coupons at grocery [stores] or try bargaining at retail [stores?] I’M FROM NEW YORK WHERE IS THE SALE RACK”
5. Tim Hasselbeck
When the ladies of “The View” discussed the topic of men who use coupons on dates, then-co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck (pictured in white) spoke up for her husband, retired National Football League quarterback Tim Hasselbeck:
“I married a coupon guy. In the long term, he is so on top of things. He’s very aware of what things cost and what it means to our situation, and I thank him for that.”
6. Roy Hibbert
Professional basketball player Roy Hibbert (pictured holding a plate at a charity event), currently of the Los Angeles Lakers, told “The Dan Le Batard Show” that coupons are an example of how he lives modestly.
SportsRadioInterviews.com transcribed the interview:
“Going to restaurants, I make sure if I have a coupon, I use it. I try to live like I’m a normal person.”
Hibbert said he gets his coupons from the newspaper.
7. Kourtney Kardashian
TV personality Kourtney Kardashian (pictured in white) was once seen rifling through coupons on one of the Kardashian clan’s reality shows, “Kourtney & Kim Take New York.”
She explained the origin of her interest on her website:
“Khloe [Kardashian] got me addicted to coupons after watching ‘Extreme Couponing.’ Nothing like a fun shopping adventure to feed my addiction.”
8. Hilary Swank
Movie star Hilary Swank told Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa on what was then “Live With Regis and Kelly” that using coupons is in her blood:
“When you open up the paper and see those coupons, it looks like dollar bills staring you in the face. … It’s how I grew up, and why not?”
9. Tiffani Thiessen
Actress Tiffani Thiessen (pictured standing) might have started her TV career on “90210,” but she told the blog Krazy Coupon Lady that she grew up watching her mom clip coupons. She uses them “all the time” herself “when [she] can remember them.”
Thiessen said she’s proud to use coupons to buy healthy food — when she’s not picking out produce from her own garden or the farmers market, that is.
10. Carrie Underwood
Country singer Carrie Underwood told the magazine EveryDay with Rachael Ray that she clips coupons for her weekly grocery shopping trips. (“I stock up on stir-fry kits, Amy’s meatless burgers, and armloads of onions and garlic,” she says. “I put onions and garlic in everything.”)
But she also admitted to usually forgetting her coupons.
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