Do ya think I’m stingy? Su­per­star is fizzing mad about sav­ing money

Multi-mil­lion­aire singer re­fills his chil­dren’s drink bot­tles when they go flat

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS - By Toby Mcdon­ald MAIL@SUNDAYPOST.COM

su­per­star Rod Ste­wart re­fills his chil­dren’s fizzy drink bot­tles to save cash, he has re­vealed.

The singer, who has a £180 mil­lion for­tune, com­plained that his young­sters just take one swal­low and leave the rest to go flat.

But the fru­gal fa­ther of eight swoops in and pours the left­overs into a jumbo-sized con­tainer to top up them later.

The vet­eran rocker was once branded as “tight as two coats of paint” by Stones gui­tarist Ron­nie Wood.

And he ad­mits to still keep­ing an eye on the cost of liv­ing – push­ing the su­per­mar­ket trol­ley for his wife Penny Lan­caster, 47.

Rod, 73, who has cut the price of his Es­sex home by more than £1.5m to a “bar­gain” £5.9m af­ter it failed to sell, said: “Kids! Two mouth­fuls off the top. Then they just leave them all over. So what I do is I pour them all into one big bot­tle, then I re­fill them and screw the tops back on. They never know.”

Rod, whose chil­dren range in age from eight to 55, con­fessed he can be par­si­mo­nious when it is for a good cause.

“Tight as two coats of paint. I’m try­ing to prove a point! You can’t just waste things,”he said.

And Rod, 73, who has homes in Los An­ge­les, Palm Beach, and the UK, said he still has the com­mon touch.

He told the Los An­ge­les Times: “I like to think I’m still a pretty nor­mal guy. Ob­vi­ously, when you’ve got a lot of money, it changes you.

“But I do a lot of reg­u­lar things when I’m with my wife in Lon­don. I go ’round to the su­per­mar­ket; I don’t send peo­ple to shop for me.”

Rod, who has just re­leased his 30th solo al­bum Blood Red Roses, said life had changed in one way for the worse – every­one is now a pa­parazzi. The star who was as fa­mous for his wom­an­is­ing ways as his records, said: “The things I used to get away with...

“But now every­one’s got a phone with a cam­era. You’ve got to watch your step.”

He added: “Look how long I’ve been at it. If I’m not used to it by now, I never will be!”

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