Actress Jennie Garth has opened up about her frugal upbringing in a special column for a U.S. coupon website.
The Tv star marked her 41st birthday on Wednesday (02Apr13) by making her debut on RetailMeNot.com as its The Real Deal blogger, and revisited her poor past, growing up with five siblings in a small town in Illinois.
She writes, "My upbringing certainly influenced my relationship with money, as everyone's does. We grew much of our own food, and I can still remember flipping through the tattered pages of my mom's favorite cookbook, about feeding a family on $12 a week..."
Garth insists her approach to money hasn't changed over the years, despite finding fame and fortune after landing the role of privileged teen Kelly Taylor on Tv show Beverly Hills, 90210.
She continues, "I'm no Beverly Hills socialite. I've only played one on Tv... I'm nothing like Kelly Taylor. In fact, Beverly Hills is not my scene at all. Yes, I live in L.A. but I don't live in a mansion with a cook and a butler. I guess you could say I'm a little less fancy - and a lot more down to earth."
The actress has been adjusting to life as a single parent following her split from husband Peter Facinelli last year (12), and she admits she is always on the lookout for a good deal.
The mum-of-three adds, "When you're a single parent, finding a bargain becomes less of a nicety and more of a necessity. That's why, whether I'm ordering books on Amazon, clothes for my girls at Forever 21 or just random stuff at Cvs (drug store), I try to shop smart. Please follow me on my journey all year long right here at retailmenot.com/blog. I promise to share all of my best bargain finds, some so fine I'm sure even Kelly Taylor would approve."