By now you’ve probably heard of the reality television show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” It follows the adventures of a not-so-classy southern family and their pageant star daughter. Redneck gawking, if you will. (Hey, Time said it, not us.)
So how would you guess this family would spend the earnings from the show? Escalade? Home upgrade? More pageant dresses for Honey Boo Boo? Nope, it’s all going straight into a trust fund. Pleasant surprise of the year!
Mama June, the mother of five girls, told TMZ that she siphons most of the money they earn from the show—between $15,000 and $20,000 per episode—into trust funds set up for her daughters. They won’t be able to access the money in the accounts until they each turn 21, except in the case of medical emergencies or for school.
The money doesn’t even pass through Mama June’s hands first. ”TLC puts the money into the girls’ trust accounts for me and then I get an email telling me how much everyone gets.” She says they live on her husband’s earnings from his contract work.
Even better, Mama June said, “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.” Since becoming famous, they’ve only bought a 2005 Ford Explorer.
High five! Even if you don’t agree with their food tastes, clothes choices, grammar—OK we’ll stop—but even if you’re not a huge admirer of Honey Boo Boo’s family, you could take a page from their book on this one.
Now the question is whether her girls will be as smart when they hit 21. Fingers crossed!