Favorite Frugalebrities of 2012

FrugalebritiesAnnual List Highlights Top Cents-able Celebrities and Offers Ways to Save Like a Star

Over one month into 2013, it’s no surprise that everyone is still trying to keep that New Year’s resolution to save a buck or two. And when we say everyone, we mean everyone. From models to musicians, pop stars to politicians, here are our favorite penny pinching Frugalebrities of 2012.

  • Kristen Bell – Nothing gets this “House of Lies” starquite as excited as saving a bunch on shopping, and Bell openly admits1 to stealing her favorite Bed Bath & Beyond coupons right out of her neighbor’s mailbox.
  • Lady Gaga – In a recent tweet2, Gaga explained her love for a good deal, “Why do people look at me like I’m crazy when I use coupons at grocery (stores) or try bargaining at retail, I’M FROM NEW YORK WHERE IS THE SALE RACK?”
  • Jay LenoFrugal may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of this car collector, but Leno opts to live mainly off his comedian income, not his earnings3 from “The Tonight Show.” Leno credits his frugality in part to his parents, who grew up during the Depression.
  • Ashley GreeneIn an interview4 with Marie Claire, Greene explains, “I’m lucky because my dad taught me to be frugal and save. And that’s important because I want to know that I don’t have to take an acting job for two or three years if I don’t want to and that I’ll still be able to make my house and car payments and buy food for my dogs.”
  • Carrie Underwood – She may have won American Idol Season 4, but Carrie Underwood still keeps a level head when it comes to shopping. In a recent interview5 with Rachael Ray, Carrie noted she often forgets to take her coupons to the grocery story (psst…  Carrie, check out the Grocery iQ mobile app!) .
  • Mariska Hargitay – Hargitay candidly stated6, “I constantly worry about money. 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.”
  • Carmelo Anthony – NBA star Anthony knows a thing or two when it comes to couponing. In an interview7 with a Denver news station, Anthony said, “I go to the supermarket, make sure I get the…coupons out; save a dollar or two.”
  • Tyra Banks – Despite being worth millions, this mogul-in-training is proud to show off her thrifty side. Banks has said8, “I am frugal. I’ve always been this way. 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.”
  • Mitt and Ann Romney – According to Ann, “When we leave the house, he turns off the hot water heater.” Mitt also often neglects to turn it back on, admitting that “cold showers — they’re not so bad.”
  • Eva LongoriaThis “Desperate Housewives”alum is anything but desperate for cash, but that doesn’t stop her from living modestly10Growing up, her father took her and her siblings out into the wilderness to experience living off the land. It taught her not to take her fortunes for granted, a lesson she still lives by and teaches others today.

1Conan [Television broadcast]. Ross, J. (Producer). New York, NY: Comedy Central.
2NewsNet5.com. Lady Gaga uses cash-saving coupons.
3Parade.  Jay Leno says: Persistence Pays Off.
4Marie Claire. Sandell, L. Ashley Greene: Look At Me Now.
5Everyday with Rachael Ray. A Day in the Food Life of Carrie Underwood.
6More. Gordon, M. Mariska Hargitay: The Sexiest Cop Alive.
7CBS Denver. Boyd, S. Celebrities Offer Tips On How To Save Money.
8The New York Times Magazine. Hirschberg, L. Banksable.
9New York Daily News. Lee, K. Ann Romney on Leno.
10Examiner.com. Brown, K. Celebrity budgeting: Eva Longoria, Carmelo Anthony know how to be frugal.