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Kiplinger: Frugal Habits of the Super Rich

Hilary Swank

Age: 37

Estimated net worth: $40 million

How she struck it rich: An award-winning actress

Frugal habit: Clips coupons

Swank comes from humble beginnings, having grown up in a trailer park in Bellingham, Wash. In 1990, at age 16, she moved with her mother to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. During that time, they lived out of a car to help make ends meet. Her Oscar-winning performance in the 1999 film "Boys Don't Cry" is what took Swank from an actress on the rise to a star who garners top dollar for movie roles.

Despite her success, Swank hasn't fallen victim to the trappings of sudden wealth. She still has many frugal habits engrained since childhood, including buying toothpaste and toilet paper in bulk. While making an appearance on the daytime talk show "Live! With Regis and Kelly" in 2010, the actress admitted that she still clips coupons. During that interview Swank said, "When you open up the paper and you see those coupons, it looks like dollar bills staring you in the face. . . . It’s how I grew up. Why not?"

(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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