If it seems like everyone is trying to save money these days, it might be because itâ€™s true! Coupons.com just released a list of their favorite â€śFrugalebritiesâ€ť of 2012, which includes a mix of models, actors, musicians and politicians who continue to honor their frugal beginnings despite having made it big.
â€śSimply put, coupons, discounts, and deals are essentially free money, and no matter what your socioeconomic status, everyone loves a little extra green,â€ť says Coupons.com consumer savings expert Jeanette Pavini. â€śThe allure of saving reaches everyone, and like most of us, many stars love a good bargain.â€ť
Here are Coupons.comâ€™s favorite â€śFrugalebritiesâ€ť of 2012:
â€˘ â€ťHouse of Liesâ€ť actress Kristen Bell told Conan Oâ€™Brien that she â€śalmost exclusively shops with coupons.â€ť Her favorite? â€śThe best coupon you can get, possibly in the world, is the Bed Bath & Beyond coupon.â€ť
â€˘ She might be a multi-platinum musician, but Lady Gaga still loves a good deal. On Twitter, she recently tweeted about her love of bargain shopping, asking â€śWhy do people look at me like Iâ€™m crazy when I use coupons at grocery (stores) or try bargaining at retail, Iâ€™M FROM NEW YORK WHERE IS THE SALE RACK?â€ť
â€˘ This one might surprise you: Jay Leno hasnâ€™t touched â€śa dimeâ€ť of his earnings from â€śThe Tonight Show,â€ť and instead lives off his comedian income. â€ťWhen I was a kid, I had two jobs. I worked at a Ford dealership and at a McDonaldâ€™s,â€ť Leno said in an interview with Parade. â€ťIâ€™d spend the money from one job and save the money from the other. Thatâ€™s still the way I am now.â€ť
â€˘ â€ťTwilightâ€ť star Ashley Greene is a firm believer in being frugal and saving for the future. In an interview with Marie Claire, she said â€śI want to know that I donâ€™t have to take an acting job for two or three years if I donâ€™t want to and that Iâ€™ll still be able to make my house and buy food for my dogs.â€ť
â€˘ American Idol Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood told Rachael Ray that she still loves shopping with coupons (although she sometimes forgets to bring them with her to the store).
â€˘ â€ťLaw & Order: SVUâ€ť actress Mariska Hargitay doesnâ€™t take her success for granted. She told More that â€śI constantly worry about money. I make a lot now but I donâ€™t feel that way because I was poor and had no money for a lot longer than Iâ€™ve hadâ€¦ Iâ€™m saving money to live on, for the future.â€ť
â€˘ NBA star Carmelo Anthony told a Denver news station that he is a devoted couponer, saying â€śI go to the supermarket, make sure I get the coupons out; save a dollar or two.â€ť
â€˘ Model Tyra Banks has always embraced her thrifty side, telling the New York Times that â€śI am frugal. Iâ€™ve always been this way. When I was young, my mom would give me my allowance, and Iâ€™d peel off a little each week to have some to spare.â€ť
â€˘ Ann Romney told Jay Leno that their family frequently buys in bulk to cut down on costs and that Mitt is â€ścheap,â€ť saying, â€śWhen we leave the house, he turns off the hot water heater.â€ť
â€˘ Actress Eva Longoria continues to live modestly despite her success. Growing up, her father took her and her siblings into the wilderness to live off the land, a lesson which taught her not to take fortunes for granted.