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Pacers Center Roy Hibbert Is Thrifty With His Money, Has No Problem Using Coupons

There are people who are extremely cautious and conservative with their finances and then there’s Roy Hibbert. With a cameo on Parks & Recreation already in the bag and considering his willingness to bust out his old college ID to score deals at restaurants like Chipotle, not to mention having no problem taking advantage of credits to get “free stuff” at Best Buy, Indiana Pacers big man Roy Hibbert (as suggested by Sports Radio Interviews) should turn his attention next to landing an appearance on Extreme Couponing.

In a recent radio interview with Dan LeBatard on 790 The Ticket, Hibbert made no qualms about lamenting the irresponsible, free-spending ways of his colleagues in the NBA. Further, he had no problems discussing his affinity for thriftiness, as evidenced by the following exchange:

Via Sports Radio Interviews:

What do you think is a dumb way to spend money?:

“Anybody who probably lives alone and they have three or four cars, that’s probably somebody that’s spending a lot of money that they don’t need to. I’ve got one car and got one for my dad and I try to live modestly.”

Give us another example of living modestly:

“I’d just have to say I don’t have an entourage. I make sure I keep everything tight, checking on my bills. Going to restaurants, I make sure if I have a coupon, I use it. I try to live like I’m a normal person.”

Where would you have a coupon? How would you come upon one and how would that work?:

“Obviously you have to go to the newspaper. And I still have my college ID. I know that during the lockout that Chipotle and Qdoba have like College Night and the burritos were like half price, so you have to whip it out.”

But you’re not cheap, though, right? You’re just trying to be smart with your money?:

“Yeah I guess I don’t want to end up being one of those stories where the guy ends up spending more than he has and owes money to the IRS and stuff like that. I just want to be able to take care of my family and live modestly.”

Do you have other examples of getting actual coupons?:

“When you go to Best Buy and after you buy a certain amount of stuff, you get credit and stuff like that. I make sure, and my mom makes sure, that I call in so I get to use that credit so I can get free stuff or … use those credits. I make sure that I call back that number at the bottom of the receipt all the time.”

It’s hard to argue with his logic and it is certainly refreshing to read about a professional athlete who understands that money, no matter how much you make of it, is not guaranteed to last forever. But to use his old college ID to get half off a burrito at Chipotle? That might be taking it a step too far. But hey, if he keeps it up, there is no doubt that Hibbert will be much better off down the line than a majority of NBA players.