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7 quirky ways the super rich save money

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Even the rich and famous appreciate a good bargain. Pop star Lady Gaga, for example, likes to use coupons at the grocery store. Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg still prefers to drive cheaper cars.

Here are the quirky, frugal habits of seven other millionaires and billionaires.

Rob Gronkowski wears his clothes 'down to the rags'

Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots
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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who recently announced that he's retiring from football at age 29, is frugal when it comes to his wardrobe. "My 'broke habit' still is my clothing and shoes," he told Maverick Carter on a 2018 episode of UNINTERRUPTED's "Kneading Dough." "If I like the clothing, if I like the shoes, I'll wear those shoes and I'll wear that clothing down to the rags."

He'll sometimes wear a favorite pair of jeans "seven days straight," he said, adding: "I make sure I throw them in the washer, like, Day 3."

Warren Buffett never spends more than $4 on breakfast

Warren Buffett's most eccentric traits

For more than 50 years, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway has reportedly been enjoying the same breakfast every morning, and it never costs more than $4. Depending on how he's feeling, the self-made billionaire orders one of three items at McDonald's: two sausage patties, which costs the least; a sausage, egg and cheese; or a bacon, egg and cheese, which is the most expensive at just over $3.

He also lives in the same home he bought in 1958.

Simone Biles tries to go days without spending a dime

Gold medalist Simone Biles
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Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles doesn't take her success, or the money she's earned from it, for granted. In fact, the 22-year-old gymnast has "a fear of going broke," she recalls on an episode of "Kneading Dough" with Maverick Carter.

It keeps her careful. She even challenges herself to go days without spending any money, she tells Carter: "And then, of course, my gas light come on so I have to go get gas."

Besides the necessities, as well as the occasional trip to Subway, she says, "I never really swipe the [credit] card."

Giancarlo Stanton shops for clothes at TJ Maxx and Marshalls

Giancarlo Stanton
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Baseball star Giancarlo Stanton signed a record-setting $325 million contract with the Marlins in 2014. And between his salary and endorsements, Stanton, who was traded to the Yankees in 2017, earned $28.2 million last year.

But while "some athletes are all about labels, Gucci and Fendi all the way down," Stanton tells Page Six, he's thrifty when it comes to clothes.

That's partly because "you don't need money to have style," he says. "I go to T.J. Maxx and Marshalls."

Jay Leno has never touched a dime of his 'Tonight Show' money

Why Jay Leno never touched his 'Tonight Show' money

Comedian and former host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" Jay Leno plays it safe when it comes to money. From the moment he entered the working world, "I always had two incomes," he tells CNBC Make It. "I'd bank one and I'd spend one." And he made sure to spend the smaller amount.

Leno continued relying on this strategy even after he started hosting "The Tonight Show" in 1992, which reportedly earned him as much as $30 million a year.

"When I got 'The Tonight Show,' I always made sure I did 150 [comedy show] gigs a year so I never had to touch the principal," Leno says. "I've never touched a dime of my 'Tonight Show' money. Ever."

Michael Bloomberg gets the most out of his shoes

Michael Bloomberg
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The former mayor of New York City and ninth-richest man in the world reportedly wore the same two pairs of black loafers to work for over a decade.

"You do something called resoling and re-heeling," he told the New York Post in 2010. "You don't have to throw them away and get new ones, you can just use the old ones."

Awkwafina doesn't splurge 'on literally anything'

Actress Awkwafina attends 'Crazy Rich Asians' Atlanta Red Carpet Screening on August 2, 2018.
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Nora Lum, better known as Awkwafina, appeared in two major motion pictures in 2018: "Ocean's 8" and "Crazy Rich Asians." Mostly thanks to those big roles, today she has an estimated net worth in the millions.

Still, Lum says she's careful with her money. "I don't splurge on literally anything," she tells guest host Lisa Ling on an episode of "Death, Sex & Money." And she's thrifty when it comes to clothes: "I'm literally wearing Target pants."

The 29-year-old still lives in the first place she moved into after college, a railroad apartment in Brooklyn, New York, that she found through a friend. When she first moved in, she rented one room for just $500 a month.

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