Valdosta Daily Times

January 13, 2013

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

Brittany D. McClure
The Valdosta Daily Times

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).

— Your kids pick their nose, so they are probably not going to understand the value of a dollar yet:

From the money earned from each episode of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” June Shannon is having TLC deposit equal portions of the show’s profits into trust funds for all of her children.

The four girls can’t get at the money until they turn 21, unless they need it for education. It’s safe to assume that they will just have a really awesome 21st birthday.

— Your BMW looks awesome next to the paper box you live in:

June Shannon said that she will never live above her means. The family lives in a modest home (which they have no plans to move out of) on the earnings of June’s husband, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, a contractor.

— When June Shannon is more sane than the psychos on “Extreme Couponing,” you should probably re-evaluate your life:

Even television star Honey Boo Boo has a mom that coupons at the Piggly Wiggly, and she can probably afford not to. So, if you’re not couponing, then you are just not trying.

— All that glitters is not gold. Sometimes it’s just a pig named Glitzy:

The family of Honey Boo Boo is by no means perfect. Sure, really expensive beauty pageants and $800 dresses for a toddler are ridiculous, but everyone has to reward themselves somehow. For me, it’s a cup of Starbucks; for June Shannon, it’s dropping five grand on self-esteem for her child. If your budget can manage it, reward yourself every now and then.

— If a sgetti (spaghetti) loving, pig nurturing, Honey Boo Boo making country girl can get her dollars straight, then you can too!

Here’s some motivation: Print out a picture of June Shannon and Honey Boo Boo and put it on your bathroom mirror. Every time you feel like failing, look at that picture and say to yourself “be better than the boo boo.”

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