From the cheap seats, it looks pretty good to be a celebrity. You get paid large amounts of money for stuff you do that may or may not be considered important, and nobody blinks an eye if you spend it on something stupid. Most celebrities go through money like it’s water, buying cars, houses, dinosaur skulls ... you name it. But there are a few who pinch pennies like you wouldn’t believe. In this article, we’ll share ten celebrity Scrooges who don’t want to spend a dime of their hard-earned cash.
Once you’ve been in one of the most profitable movies of all time, you probably have some cash to spare. But old habits die hard, and Sam Worthington still acts like he’s in poverty. Tabloids report that when Worthington eats out at a fast food restaurant, he always grabs extra condiment packets and takes them home. He also is notorious for being a cheap date and, for a while, he lived in his car. Sure, he’s turned things around since getting ultra-famous, but his recent arrest at an Atlanta nightclub for fighting with a bouncer and claiming to be a DEA agent shows that things are still a little weird there.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Although she played fashionista Carrie Bradshaw on "Sex and the City," Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t spend a lot of cash on clothes. That doesn’t mean she eschews fancy items, though — she just swipes them from her movie sets! The actress is famous for taking home wardrobe items, props and more without paying for them. Parker also is notorious for buying clothes from stores and then returning them the next day, and clothes her son James almost exclusively in hand-me-downs. This kind of behavior isn’t surprising when you look at Parker’s past — she was one of eight kids growing up on welfare in Cincinnati.
High fashion isn’t a world for the frugal, but crossover star Tyra Banks didn’t let that change her. Banks wasn’t raised wealthy, so she developed money-saving habits early and she’s made a reputation for being scarily thrifty. Banks has admitted to taking hotel shampoo and soap from her room whenever she travels, and if you were a guest on the "Tyra Banks Show" and didn’t finish your bottle of water in the dressing room, her staff were instructed to write your name on it so it’d be ready for you when you came backstage. At her show’s holiday party, she had catering … from McDonald's. Now that’s cheap.
Let’s take a trip back in time to show that cheapness isn’t a new thing in Hollywood. Fred MacMurray was one of the most successful television actors of all time, with a career that spanned nearly a half a century. But the "My Three Sons" star didn’t let a single penny escape his grasp, even at the height of his fame. Stories from the set recall MacMurray bringing a brown bag lunch to the set every day, and he was notorious for eating hard-boiled Easter eggs for months after the holiday because he didn’t want to waste them.
If you’ve starred in some of the most money-making films of the last decade, you’d be expected to spend cash like crazy. But Robert Pattinson isn’t exactly your typical movie star. The British actor has always seemed a little uncomfortable with the trappings of fame, and that goes for his financial dealings as well. When R-Patz needs a new car, he doesn’t go to a BMW dealer — he goes on Craigslist, where he just bought a used Chevy Silverado for $2,500. Even more hilarious, Pattinson even tried to haggle the guy down! Other symptoms of his cheapness include having a month-to-month lease on his apartment and a pay-as-you-go phone.
The former "Veronica Mars" starlet is one of our favorite actresses, and she hasn’t let Hollywood fame go to her head. Bell is just as likely to walk the red carpet in a $45 dress from Target as something from a big-name designer, and she’s been photographed loading up her cart at Costco with discount-priced toilet paper with fiance Dax Shepard. Probably the funniest symptom of Bell’s cheap ways is her addiction to coupons — she once even admitted to stealing Bed, Bath & Beyond discount flyers out of her neighbor’s mailbox.
The "Boys Don’t Cry" actress has a reputation as one of Hollywood’s most frugal shoppers, having gone on record multiple times with her love of coupon clipping. Swank grew up dirt poor in a trailer park, so she understands the value of a dollar, and whenever she goes out shopping she makes sure she has a purse full of coupons to get those discounts. She also shops at Target for huge bulk containers of toilet paper and toothpaste, and after she won her first Oscar she celebrated by a cross-country road trip where she refused to spend more than $30 for a motel room.
One would think that Teri Hatcher would be cool with spending money, considering she starred on "Desperate Housewives" — one of TV’s most popular shows — for like a billion years. However, Hatcher seems to know that acting careers don’t last forever, especially for women, so she’s saving lots of money by frugality. One of the most notorious aspects of Hatcher’s cheapness is her car policy — she won’t buy a new car until her old one has either 10 years or 10,000 miles on it. However, her cheap habits actually have earned her some derision in Hollywood, like when "Housewives" wrapped and spies on the set reported her taking all of the furniture out of her trailer to sell later.
Sometimes being a cheapskate doesn’t manifest itself in every aspect of your life. "Entourage" star Jeremy Piven certainly enjoys living the lavish Hollywood lifestyle, driving fancy cars and traveling around the world. But his inner cheapskate came out in 2007 when he had dinner at Matsuhisa in Aspen, the high-end sushi restaurant run by celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa. After enjoying a dinner there with 11 other people, guess what jerkish Jeremy left for a tip? A copy of "Entourage’s" first season on DVD. Props to the waiter who got it, as he reportedly chased the cheap-ass actor out of the restaurant and threw it at him. Piven is now banned from all of Nobu’s restaurants.
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Perhaps the most notorious celebrity cheapskate ever, the "Mad Men" star makes plenty of money playing Pete Campbell on AMC’s hit show, but you wouldn’t know it by visiting his house. Kartheiser had an epiphany in 2010 and started purging his life of physical possessions — he lives in a tiny bungalow in Los Angeles with barely any furniture. He gave away his toilet and one point had to go over to the neighbors’ to use the bathroom. Up until 2012, Kartheiser didn’t even own a car, instead choosing to take public transit to get around. And that’s a serious commitment in L.A., where even toddlers drive around. He’s also a vegetarian for ecological reasons.