4 Things Honey Boo Boo's Mama Could Teach You About Money

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You either know the show and love the family, or you're wondering what in the world a "Honey Boo Boo" is. For those in the latter camp, here's a little background. The hit TLC show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" follows June Shannon and her family in their daily routine of ridiculous antics. From marriage proposals on pizza to dressing as the Kardashians for Halloween to having a pet pig named Glitzy, there's never a dull moment.

Honey Boo Boo is the nickname of the youngest daughter, Alana, who rose to instant fame thanks to her loud, proud and hilarious antics on an episode of TLC's "Toddlers and Tiaras." But beneath all the deep-Southern speak (which, thankfully, includes subtitles) and strange traditions, like egg-nogging (which is a gag-inducing game of bobbing for hot dogs in egg nog), June Shannon seems to possess more financial sense than many people in the grand ol' US of A. Here's why, accompanied with some of her best tips.

1. Avoid Lifestyle Inflation

Despite the success of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," June Shannon and her family have largely avoided lifestyle inflation. It wasn't until this year (season three) that the family was shown house hunting to upgrade their very modest home by the railroad tracks. When the show first aired in 2012, Rosie O'Donnell actually offered to buy the family a new home. But Mama June graciously turned down the offer, stating, "We're not looking for a handout."

2. Save With Coupons

The family doesn't only live well within their means. Mama June finds ways to save extra money with extreme couponing, and one key to her success at it is extremely simple: Be organized. She keeps all of her coupons in a binder, dividing them by product, using plastic baseball card organizers. She also says the item that people most overspend on is probably laundry detergent. She recommends using multiple coupons to buy several smaller bottles, which when put together, equal the same volume as a larger bottle, but for less money.

3. Budget With Your Children

The family seems to practice itemized budgeting, and is passing that trait on to the children. In one recent episode, when Mama June's oldest daughter, Anna, starts planning her wedding, June gives her a strict budget of $2,000. Anna has to report the cost of each and every item, and when it looks like she might go over budget, June tells her she'll have to cut a few things from the wedding. Once the budget is set, the only option is to make it work. Now that's a mama who sticks to her guns.

4. Invest for Your Family's Future

When it comes to saving for the future, June Shannon seems to have it figured out. When the family receives money for appearing in their show, June puts most of it in equally-divided trust funds for her four daughters, as well as her granddaughter. The money will remain untouched until the girls either turn 21 or need it for their educations.

So let's recap. Mama June is self-sufficient, lives within her means, coupons, budgets, teaches her children about budgeting, and saves for their futures. Many of us could benefit by taking a page out of her book -- at least financially speaking.

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June wan't stupid. If she upgraded to a better home not located next to a busy train intersection and without an overflowing septic tank it would lose the white redneck chic that keeps people watching so they can feel better about themselves. Lose viewership and TLC drops the show. I wouldn't be surprised if TLC contract forbids them to move.

August 05 2014 at 4:52 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

This woman never worked. Her common law husband used to work but guess now he doesn't have to, They made the money by just being themselves. TLC is just a big freak show and it's one series after another. They have the extreme redneck honey boo boo, several shows with little people, folks that have 20 years of trash piled up in their homes, 600 pound men and women, people with an army full of kids, a fake medium and about 5 different wedding shows. They are all making a fortune and not one of them work for their money. Why spend money going to the circus? Just watch TLC. Oh and Mama June better watch her money. That show won't last forever, so she will need it for the remainder of her life. I'm sure they cut off her State Aid since the show, so she needs to be frugal. God help her if she had to actually had to go to a job every, single day and be a productive member of society.

August 05 2014 at 6:46 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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Ashley Jaden

Maybe if "productive" society didn't find these people so fascinating, and didn't watch their reality TV shows, the freaks wouldn't have a market in which to operate. Is it the freaks' fault for capitalizing on a market opportunity, or is the productive society's fault for giving freaks such an opportunity in the first place?

Maybe the "freaks" are the ones who get it. Do something virtually anyone can do, be faceless, and get paid rupees for the rest of your life? Orrrrrrr do something most people can't, use media effectively, and get a buttload of money in a short amount of time? Hm, tough one.

August 06 2014 at 12:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

June Shannon is having the last laugh - all the way to the bank! She is crazy like a fox and a born survivor. I like her.

August 05 2014 at 6:40 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

You don't have to like the family. You don't have to watch the show. I don't like them or watch the show. However, the point of this article is to show what people should be doing. Learn how to be responsible with money and save and use it well. There are people who don't have good financial values. This family does. Regardless of how the family looks, maybe we can all learn something. They are doing something right.

August 05 2014 at 1:58 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Saint Michael

Coupons keep poor people poor.

August 04 2014 at 9:01 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Saint Michael's comment

Yeah....cuz paying full price for everything is an assured way out of poverty.

August 04 2014 at 9:53 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

I am a little embarrassed to admit I clicked on this, but I think the advice is pretty good. I am impressed that they did not take a handout when offered. They are an odd family alright, but I wish we all had that kind of money sense.

August 04 2014 at 8:02 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

They must of had made million's by now

August 04 2014 at 5:58 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

can she teach me how to get money w/o working for it? than I might be interested.

August 04 2014 at 5:17 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to llamammama2's comment

Vote for a living.

August 04 2014 at 8:45 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

she could start by reducing the food budget for the family of geneticly challenged

August 04 2014 at 4:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

She's a whole lot smarter than Kate from Jon and Kate plus 8...Kate is still trying to make a living from her kids. You may not like her personally, but she's not living rich from the earnings of the show.

August 04 2014 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Freddie's comment

You are so right. Kate and Jon spent it fast. They bought condos in Utah and NYC and a huge piece of property in Pa with a big barn, pool, etc. Cars, tractors, parties., etc. Tons of cosmetic surgery too!

August 05 2014 at 6:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply