An education in Carey Mulligan's modest finances

Carey MulliganCANNES -- She has a multimillionaire boyfriend in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," castmate Shia LaBeouf and a rising career, but Carey Mulligan is keeping her finances simple. "I have one bank account and one credit card and I don't spend so much," she said at the Cannes Film Festival, where the sequel made its debut.

The 24-year-old Mulligan, who earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination this year for "An Education," isn't planning on playing the market either, even as it rebounds.

"I've never gotten into it really, and I've never, really cared," she said. "I've never really played around with money. I don't have very much money."
The daughter of a hotel manager who moved between Germany and England, Mulligan lived at times in fancy inns. Paying for the good life is another matter. The awards circuit and press interviews, such as this one at the tres cher Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, have dulled her appetite for luxury such as haute couture.

"You have to dress for all these things, so suddenly clothes become really uninteresting and in your down time you don't really want to wear clothes," she said. "You don't spend money on them in general."

Mulligan has no financial credo or any specific advice she has taken to heart. After watching a documentary recently called "Collapse," about the Apocalyptic vision of police officer turned blogger Michael Ruppert, a smiling Mulligan said she gleaned the following message from the film: "Buy guns, buy gold, buy some seeds, and live on a farm."
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