Wealth and fame have a way of luring people into lavish lifestyles. Actors, musicians, and athletes can become superrich overnight, with no preparation for the stresses and r…esponsibilities that great wealth brings. Some celebrity couples maintain a modest lifestyle as a hedge against economic downturn, loss of income, or simply because they prefer it.
One of New York City's most modest couples is Sarah Jessica Parker, star of 'Sex and the City,' and Matthew Broderick, winner of two Tony awards and star of 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off.' Although the couple has a net worth north of $135 million, they don't splurge on private jets and over-the-top meals. SJP recalls that as a child, she and her seven siblings made ends meet with welfare. She was able to keep the clothes she wore on 'Sex and the City' - funky and couture - and her son wears gently used clothing from his older cousins.
Sarah Michelle Gellar burst into stardom as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and her husband Freddie Prinze, Jr. has worked steadily in films and voice acting. He currently works as a producer and director for WWE. The couple and their two children live in Los Angeles and have an estimated net worth of $15 million. Sarah told Self magazine that she uses coupons and shops for groceries on sale. When the couple is out in public, it's usually with their kids.
In a savings habit he picked while working at a car dealership and McDonald's, Jay Leno banked all of his earnings from 'The Tonight Show.' He noted that as a child of Depression-era parents, he doesn't touch that money. His daily spending money - including the funds used to purchase his huge car collection - comes from his standup comedy gigs. He and his wife of more than 30 years, Mavis, enjoy a net worth of $250 million.
Before guitarist/lead vocalist Dave Grohl started the Foo Fighters in 1994, he was the drummer for the seminal grunge band Nirvana. With a net worth of $25 million, he has been vocal about being very careful with his money. Without a high school diploma, he is committed to taking care of his family and becoming a good role model for his three daughters. He and his wife Jordyn Blum live in Encino, and they don't spend money on extravagant meals and parties.
With a net worth in excess of $220 million, actor and producer Leonard DiCaprio chooses his purchases wisely. Although he purchased an island near Belize worth $2.5 million, his only car is a Toyota Prius. He states that having savings gives him the freedom to choose his acting projects, and he wants to have the capability of helping others. He and his girlfriend, model Toni Garrn, prefer to take commercial airline flights rather than private jets preferred by many celebrities.
Kate Middleton, also known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, seems to be the ideal, grounded match for Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. The elder son of the late Princess Diana of Wales, he took also an interest in charity work. Following Diana's example, William and Kate prefer to follow a modest lifestyle, even within the boundaries of the Royal Family's vast resources. The young couple shop for their own groceries, and Kate prefers to pick her own clothes - and wear them repeatedly - instead of using a personal stylist.
Although 'Frozen' star Kristen Bell and her husband Dax Shepard of 'Parenthood' have an estimated net worth of $18 million, they had a $142 courthouse wedding. She told Conan O'Brien that she frequently uses coupons and that Bed Bath & Beyond coupons are her favorite. She wore a $45 dress from Target to a San Diego hotel's opening.
With nine Emmy awards to her credit, TV journalist Meredith Vieira and her husband, Richard M. Cohen, a former senior producer with CNN and CBS News. Their three-bedroom home in Los Angeles is worth about $1 million, but with a net worth exceeding $40 million, they live far below their means. The couple and their three grown children grapple with Cohen's multiple sclerosis; he is legally blind and wrote an account of his illness, 'Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir.'
The youngest of six children, Vincent Kartheiser prefers a simple lifestyle. He began dating his 'Mad Men' costar Alexis Bledel in 2012; she portrayed Beth Dawes, the troubled married woman who has a brief affair with Kartheister's character Pete Campbell. The couple married in June 2014 and renovated his one-bedroom apartment. He told 'The Observer' in 2010 that he prefers simplicity to the lavish lifestyles flaunted by many celebs.
With a fluctuating net worth, Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott have had to adjust to a downsized lifestyle. The daughter of Aaron and Candi Spelling, Tori grew up in an immense, lavish mansion and admitted that it was difficult to transition from silver spoons to plastic ones. She and her husband Dean McDermott's latest project is 'Tori and Dean: Cabin Fever,' a renovation reality show on Great American Country. For several years, they lived in a two-bedroom bungalow by the beach in southern California.
Although former Beatle and Wings founder Sir Paul McCartney has a fortune of about $1 billion, he is notoriously tight with his money. The 72-year-old superstar insisted that his daughter, designer Stella McCartney, attend a state college if she wanted him to pay for her tuition. His third wife, New Jersey native Nancy Shevell, prefers a low-key life and shuns the press.
With a net worth of about $25 million, author, designer, and television personality Lauren Conrad married William Tell, a law student and guitarist, in September 2014. For a while, she shared her modest Westwood, California, condo with Tell in an area dominated by student housing for nearly UCLA. In early 2014, the star of 'The Hills' purchased a Laguna Beach oceanfront mansion for $8.5 million for the couple to settle into married life.
With the Kardashian family, a low-key lifestyle is a relative term. The petite Kourtney Kardashian television personality and Scott Disick have two children and a daughter due in December 2014. Kourtney is a coupon whiz and brings her binder of coupons along on shopping trips. Kourtney's sister Khloe introduced her to the TLC series 'Extreme Couponing,' and the lesson stuck.r binder of coupons along on shopping trips. Kourtney's sister Khloe introduced her to the TLC series 'Extreme Couponing,' and the lesson stuck.