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Record numbers of people are watching TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but few probably know that the hillbilly family is incredibly responsible with their newfound earnings. That’s right; Mama June won’t be putting away the ‘sketti’ anytime soon, because she manages the household budget on her husband Sugar Bear's income as a contractor.
The family makes about $15,000 to $20,000 per episode, and instead of squandering the money, Mama June has put it into a trust fund for her four daughters and granddaughter. The only way they can withdraw money from the accounts before they’re 21 is for schooling or medical emergencies.
How refreshing to see a family shot from rags to reality star riches and actually handle the money responsibly. The one splurge they’ve made is for a 2005 Ford Expedition SUV, to which June commented, "You're never gonna see me drive a Range Rover or a Mercedes ... I'll drive one if someone else pays for it. Never gonna live above my means."
For as much flack as this family receives for their hillbilly ways, I have to admire them for putting money aside for their kids and not spending every cent that comes in and then some. Hey, maybe someone could put them in charge of Congress! Now those people need a lesson in budgeting and protecting our kids’ futures.
Mama June doesn’t even leave herself open to temptation -- she set it up so that TLC deposits the money directly into the girls’ trust accounts, so it will be ready and waiting for them when they’re older. She said, "I want my kids to look back and say, 'Mama played it smart. Not like those other reality TV people.'"
Honey Boo Boo may be a reality sensation right now, but she’s still 7-year-old Alana Thompson, and someday she might want to do something different than show off her belly or go crazy on go-go juice on TV. Thanks to her mama, she’ll have a nice little nest egg to go to college, start a business, or reinvent herself any way she chooses.
Hopefully she won’t have to spend it all on therapy.
If you were in Mama June’s position, would you spend or save the money?
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