The news is full of stories of famous people behaving badly, especially in financial matters. How else would you have actors and former sports players filing for bankruptcy and putting their homes into foreclosure? Well, Zooey Deschanel can teach all those financially-free-wheeling stars a thing or two! The actress in “New Girl” and “500 Days of Summer” apparently revealed her earnings and spending patterns in a divorce filling – showing the world that she’s a responsible spender and saver.
According to information leaked to TMZ, Zooey makes $95,000 a month (or close to $1.2million a year). But her expenses only average $22,500 per month, less than 25% of her gross income. Some of the expenditures included in that figure are her clothing at $2,000 a month, eating out and groceries at $1,500 a month, and $600 in laundry and cleaning. Plus, Zooey also donates $1,500 a month to charity. Thanks to her earning prowess and living-below-her-means-habits, Zooey has accumulated $1.5 million in cash, plus another $2.3 million in stocks, bonds, real, and personal property. She is setting herself up very nicely for life, and it’s good to see a star preparing for the future. The divorce filings also show that Zooey only has 3 credit cards (quite a bit fewer than me and some of my readers), and is debt free.
I’ve liked Zooey Deschanel ever since I saw her movie the 500 Days of Summer, but this filling confirmed it for me. She’s a personal finance blogger’s new celebrity crush! Given that Americans have a pretty fervent love affair with celebrities, I wonder if famous people can ever make “saving” and “investing” cool, like the way that a bag that they carry or cars that they drive are cool. I’m not going to be holding my breath… but you know never know!