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January 13, 2013

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


VALDOSTA — — 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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