STAR'S NEW VIEW ON FINANCES: PINCHING PENNIES!

Published on: August 21, 2006
STAR'S NEW VIEW ON FINANCES: PINCHING PENNIES!

By ALEXANDER HITCHEN and JEFF SAMUELS

Star Jones is pinching pennies as she scrambles to land her next big TV gig!

Since getting axed as co-host of The View, the high-living TV diva has maintained an aura of wealth — but behind closed doors she's slashing costs drastically, The ENQUIRER has learned.

The 44-year-old is cutting corners at her vacation home in East Hampton, taking cabs instead of limos in Manhattan — and pressuring her hubby to make more money, sources say.

"Star brings steak and champagne from Manhattan after whining about being charged too much here in the Hamptons," said a local resident.

"She was even asking if anyone had a Costco card because of their low prices. Out here we normally pay at least $2,000 a month to have leaves carried away during the fall. I heard her hustling for a cheaper deal, but she didn't get it."

Star was recently spotted hopping into a cab after dining with internist Dr. Holly Phillips at the tony French bistro La Goulue on New York's Madison Avenue.

"She would never be caught dead using cabs to arrive at celebrity events, but now she's more than happy to ditch the limo," said an insider.

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