Honey Boo Boo’s mother, June Shannon, has revealed she won’t be upgrading her modest home for a luxury pad any time soon – as she is not profiting from reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
Instead the self-proclaimed “redneck” has divided the estimated $15,000 to $20,000 episode fee into equal trust funds for her four daughters and granddaughter.
“I want my kids to look back and say, <<Mama played it smart. Not like those other reality TV people>>,” she told website TMZ.
And Mama June, as she is known, has ensured she won’t be tempted to take the money for herself by asking TLC to pay it straight into the trust funds.
“TLC puts the money into the girls’ trust accounts for me and then I get an email telling me how much everyone gets,” she explained.
“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.”
Her far-sightedness means that when 7-year-old Honey Boo Boo, aka Alana Thompson, and her sisters Lauryn, 12, Jessica, 15, Anna, 18, and Anna’s daughter Kaitlyn turn 21 they will receive a sizeable amount of money.
Only if they need money for their education, or healthcare, can the girls access the money before then.
Full time mother June Shannon, who is known for her love of extreme couponing, explained that she and her partner live off his salary as a contractor.
The family has made one large purchase since their new found fame – a second hand, 7-year-old Ford Expedition.