NeNe Leakes is a self-proclaimed “rich bitch” so it’s not surprising that people want to know how she keeps her wealth intact.
So, how does NeNe keep her bank account nice and fat?
Well, it turns out the Real Housewives of Atlanta star stays “very rich” but being very frugal.
“I’m not into Target,” NeNe told InStyle when opening up about her finances. “I go to the Dollar Store. I love it there. I really wish I could open one up.”
However, don’t think NeNe is heading to the dollar store to buy anything and everything, no child, she’s there for very specific items only.
“If you want some good-ass wine glasses, you go to the Dollar Store,” NeNe quipped. “Most wine glasses are very thin and break when you put them in the dishwasher. Well, honey, the Dollar Store has got some thick ones, same with martini glasses.”
But glasses aren’t the only think NeNe buys at the Dollar Store – she also shops there for tableware.
“The sales person always looks at me and goes, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s NeNe Leakes at the Dollar Store!’ I’m like, don’t worry about me. You can have all of this expensive stuff at your party, but your guests will be eating off of Dollar Store plates and they don’t even know it.”
NeNe, who once infamously bragged about cashing “Trump checks” after appearing on Celebrity Apprentice, does admit that the now President taught one important lesson: negotiate.
“I absolutely negotiate for myself and I have to give a little bit of credit to Donald Trump for that,” she said. “When I was on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and the one thing he told us all the time in the boardroom is ‘everything is negotiable,’ and that stuck with me. Nothing else he says sticks with me but that did. I actually told my husband [Gregg Leakes] that and we live by that today.”
NeNe also admitted to being a huge saver and shopping sales when it comes to fashion.
“When it comes to money, I’m actually a really big saver,” says NeNe. “I have a savings account and most of my money goes straight to it. I know when to splurge and when not to.”
“Everyone knows I’m a big shopper, and I do have to get some great shoes and handbags, but for clothes, I go to the Neiman’s outlet instead of the Neiman’s department store,” she adds. “I go to Nordstrom Rack for designer stuff. And TJ Maxx is my favorite. With splurges like my shoes, I work really hard for that discount. You can’t blow your money like that. Fashion is expensive.”
As of 2015, NeNe’s estimated net worth was $12 million and considering Bravo paid her a rumored $2 million to return to RHOA in 2017 I’m sure she’s worth a lot more nowadays.
I think it’s all about balance for NeNe. I mean why not save some cash buying stuff at the dollar so you get more Birkins and Chanel bags? Sounds like a good plan to me!
Thoughts on NeNe’s tricks for saving some coin? How much do you think NeNe is worth? Are you surprised NeNe is frugal and likes discount shopping?
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