Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson and her mother, June Shannon.
(Photo: John Bazemore, AP)
No hanky panky with Honey Boo Boo's moola: It's all going into a trust fund, her mom says, according to TMZ and People.
If you were worried that little Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo, the 7-year-old star of the TLC reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, might not have the best financial advice since her show took off, you haven't heard of Southern-style common sense.
Clan matriarch June Shannon, mother of HBB and her three older sisters and grandmother of baby Kaitlyn, says she's not taking the money and splurging (as has certainly happened over the years in other child-star families).
Instead, she says, the money (possibly as much as $20,000 an episode for the entire family) goes directly into trust fund accounts for the children, to which they will have access when they turn 21.
Most of the family bills are covered by husband Mike "Sugarbear" Thompson's job as a contractor.
"I want my kids to look back and say, 'Mama played it smart. Not like those other reality TV people,' " she told TMZ.
The only exceptions are for medical emergencies and school. So far, the only big-ticket item the family has bought is a 2005 SUV. No Range Rover or Mercedes for them.
"I'll drive one if someone else pays for it," she said. "Never gonna live above my means."
Maria Puente, USA TODAY