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NeNe Leakes Says the Dollar Store is What Keeps Her Rich

By JaVonni Brustow / Published on Sunday, 06 May 2018 13:57 PM / No Comments

There’s a bit of irony of having rich and dollar store in the same sentence, especially coming from the mouth of a woman who coined the phrase “I am very rich, b*tch.” But hey, if that’s what keeps you in first class, we’re not mad at you. That is exactly what Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes said in a recent interview with InStyle magazine. While she might ride around in a Rolls Royce, just purchased a million dollar home, she revealed that she is “actually a really big saver.” Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nordstrom Rack, and T.J. Maxx are all big staples of hers.

And as for the dollar store, she shops there and is just as fabulous as can be and without a single person knowing because prior to her interview, we’re pretty sure only a few close people even knew she did that. “I love it there. I really wish I could open one up,” she told InStyle. “If you want some good-ass wine glasses, you go to the Dollar Store. 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. Whenever I have a party at my house, I go buy boxes of plain white plates there too. 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.”

Now the key to being thrifty is not letting anyone know, (unless asked) where your items came from. Her RHOA co-star Porsha Williams made the faux pas of telling her guests that her table settings were rented. At least NeNe owns hers. And as for what she DOES splurge on? “I can tell you what’s worth a splurge to me: eating. People like to talk about going to clubs and stuff, like my club is the restaurant. I’m the girl that orders everything off the menu. One of this, one of that, I want to taste everything. I like to splurge on rounds and rounds of good cocktails too,” she shared. “I also spend a lot on my vacations. I fly first class, but honestly I would rather fly coach in order to have a great hotel. You don’t really know if any of them are clean, so I want to sleep in a nice hotel and order good room service.”

Being fabulous doesn’t come without some regrets. At 50, one would only expect her to have quite a few of those. “I regret purchasing a wig here or there, you know what I’m saying? Sometimes they give you wigs that are shedding or that are messed up, and they’re so expensive!” she said. “You want the best quality hair, and then you need to have somebody install it too. It costs a fortune.” Her aunt taught her “to buy something for yourself out of every paycheck” as well as “to date up.” “Don’t be worried that people will call you a gold digger,” NeNe said. “You should dig for gold.”

Joining the Real Housewives franchise in 2008 changed everything,” NeNe said. “I was a stay-at-home mom before the show and my husband was the breadwinner. He gave us a good life, but once I started on Housewives I got all of these offers — Broadway shows, appearances, everything. My finances changed a lot,” she explained. “And now everything has to be nice in my home [laughs]. Give me the best TV, the best pots and pans. You won’t have to replace them as quickly!”

Reality television is all about appearances. When she got her start on the show, her husband Gregg was in luxury property management. He later got in trouble for breach of contract by renting one of the luxury rentals to himself while on the show to give the appearance they lived better than they did. Fast forward 10 years, Nene’s got a million dollar mansion and if it takes filling it with a couple cheap odds and ends to keep people looking at the overall picture and to keep the high profile gigs coming in such as her being on Glee, The New Normal and having her own fashion boutique Swagg, then so be it.


About JaVonni Brustow

Urban Conservative, Principal at VM3 Media, Co-Editor-in-Chief of and, Javonni Brustow is a Communications and Media Consultant in Washington, DC with a decade of experience as a seasoned concert producer, marketing expert and brand management expert with multiple news publications. He can be heard LIVE Sundays at 3pm on Popglitz Radio and is a regular on the 'Did She Say That' Breitbart Radio Show with Sonnie Johnson. Inquiries: