Celebrity and thriftiness usually do not go hand-in-hand. However, some stars have the best of both worlds. They make millions but still possess the financial knowledge and discipline to keep their fortunes.

Today, our famous frugal person is Mariska Hargitay. You know her from the popular TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Even though Forbes once estimated that Mariska makes $8.5 million per year, she is known to be very sensible with how she spends her money.

Mariska even admitted, “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 it. As an actor, if the show ends next year, then what? As an aging woman, then what? I’m saving money to live on, for the future. There are not that many roles for women, and I’ve been blessed with one of the great ones.”

Her frugality seems deeply ingrained in her sensibility, and she knows not to take her fortune for granted.

I applaud Mariska Hargitay for her maturity, being able to look at things in the long term and recognize that life is unpredictable. Fortune is fickle.

Celebrity or not, wealthy or poor, that’s a quality that will keep us grounded and help us stay in charge of our finances.