Valdosta Daily Times


January 13, 2013

Brittany's Budget Diary: Of Honey Boo, money and you

VALDOSTA — First of all, let me start off by saying that I do not watch “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” ... Except for those three times that I did. Let’s face it, if there’s a train wreck, you’re watching it.

I mainly watched it to prepare a cruel joke for a big, fancy Yankee wedding in Chicago over Christmas. Being from Georgia and of the barely middle-class variety, people up North tend to think that Georgia is full of swamps and four-wheeling hillbillies. While they are in part right, some of us (more rather than not) actually have an education and don’t even listen to country music.

So, I decided to do some studying and the hubs and me became from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Dec. 29, Sugar Bear and country Brittany who both have a Georgia twang and a loose understanding on the function of forks. It was hilarious and completely worth the hour and a half I wasted watching little Alana rub her belly and lick her tooth (I’m just assuming she only has one).

Comedy aside, it was brought to my attention by The Times Managing Editor Kay Harris that the mama of Honey Boo Boo is actually fiscally responsible. While not saying it out loud, I was thinking that maybe the Mayans had a slight miscalculation or a certain fiery doom had frozen over.

Well, the world hasn’t ended and I wasn’t taking a seat next to Hitler, and after watching an interview and reading for confirmation on MSN Money, it is actually true.

Honey Boo Boo’s mom, June Shannon, is having TLC put her kids television money into a trust fund. Wow.

This news deeply disturbed and shocked me. It made me question not only the awesomeness of others like Clark Howard, but the awesomeness of me. I mean, here America is about to take a nose dive off of a fiscal cliff and television’s number one hillbilly with a pet pig named Glitzy is actually better with money than our entire government. Despite my hatred for hashtags ... #dumbfounded.

So, as much as it pains me to say this, here are some financial life tips from the woman who gave us Honey Boo Boo (sighs).

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