If it seems like everyone is trying to save money these days, it might be because itâs true! Coupons.com just released a list of their favorite âFrugalebritiesâ of 2012, which includes a mix of models, actors, musicians and politicians who continue to honor their frugal beginnings despite having made it big.
âSimply put, coupons, discounts, and deals are essentially free money, and no matter what your socioeconomic status, everyone loves a little extra green,â says Coupons.com consumer savings expert Jeanette Pavini. âThe allure of saving reaches everyone, and like most of us, many stars love a good bargain.â
Here are Coupons.comâs favorite âFrugalebritiesâ of 2012:
â˘ âHouse of Liesâ actress Kristen Bell told Conan OâBrien that she âalmost exclusively shops with coupons.â Her favorite? âThe best coupon you can get, possibly in the world, is the Bed Bath & Beyond coupon.â
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 âWhy do people look at me like Iâm crazy when I use coupons at grocery (stores) or try bargaining at retail, IâM FROM NEW YORK WHERE IS THE SALE RACK?â
â˘ This one might surprise you: Jay Leno hasnât touched âa dimeâ of his earnings from âThe Tonight Show,â and instead lives off his comedian income. âWhen I was a kid, I had two jobs. I worked at a Ford dealership and at a McDonaldâs,â Leno said in an interview with Parade. âIâd spend the money from one job and save the money from the other. Thatâs still the way I am now.â
â˘ âTwilightâ star Ashley Greene is a firm believer in being frugal and saving for the future. In an interview with Marie Claire, she said âI want to know that I donât have to take an acting job for two or three years if I donât want to and that Iâll still be able to make my house and buy food for my dogs.â
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˘ âLaw & Order: SVUâ actress Mariska Hargitay doesnât take her success for granted. She told More that âI constantly worry about money. I make a lot now but I donât feel that way because I was poor and had no money for a lot longer than Iâve hadâŚ Iâm saving money to live on, for the future.â
â˘ NBA star Carmelo Anthony told a Denver news station that he is a devoted couponer, saying âI go to the supermarket, make sure I get the coupons out; save a dollar or two.â
â˘ Model Tyra Banks has always embraced her thrifty side, telling the New York Times that âI am frugal. Iâve always been this way. When I was young, my mom would give me my allowance, and Iâd peel off a little each week to have some to spare.â
â˘ Ann Romney told Jay Leno that their family frequently buys in bulk to cut down on costs and that Mitt is âcheap,â saying, âWhen we leave the house, he turns off the hot water heater.â
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.