Teaching ”Honey Boo Boo” Some Budgeting Skills

The very fact that a show like this exists on TV kills my soul. Are we a society so insecure about ourselves we need to watch crap like this to make our lives feel more nourished? Anyway, what’s got me all hot and bothered is that apparently Ms Rosie O’Donnell wants to buy poor Honey Boo Boo a house.

If you’ve never seen this show, do your brain cells a favor and don’t bother. All you need to know is that it’s aired on TLC via a spin-off another winning show called ”Toddlers and Tiaras”. Millions of people are watching this show every week and apparently the main 7 year old star is making $2,000-4,000/episode for 10 episodes (to start).

She’s getting $40,000 to basically do nothing but have cameras follow her family’s insanity for a few weeks and Rosie O’Donnell thinks her money is best invested in a house for them? I’m fairly confident that with millions of people continuing to watch every week (shudder), this kid will be just fine without your charity. But if you’re just handing out cash, HELLO ROSIE I NEED MONEY TOO!!

With some proper budgeting skills, Honey Boo Boo should be able to afford her own house just fine. Not the kind TV watchers want to see (a million dollar mansion) but a modest home for her family (extra finger space and all). Is it really fair that a family in financial troubles is handed buck loads of money with no skills to properly manage it? Let them spend it frivolously and hand them everything they need for ‘free’ (ie house). When the TLC money stops pouring in what are they to do, maintain the lifestyle Ms O’Donnell set up for them? Good luck.

I admit to being totally ignorant in this post, I obviously have no idea how the family spends their money or if they really are in any trouble financially (because let’s be honest, normal people without issues don’t make great TV do they?). Maybe it’s all part of the act and the family really does have their crap together. I hope they do, I hope they have funds built up for proper food so they don’t have to eat ketchup and spaghetti noodles for supper, so they can fix their teeth and enough money set aside to buy a house without a train track running through the property. If they don’t, maybe TLC can reach out to someone to teach Honey Boo Boo some money skills to go along with all the fancy beauty pageant crap she’s being fed. I’m willing to do it for cheap if they’re looking to hire.

{FYI: Yes, I have watched the show. It’s like a train wreck you can’t look away from. I only did it once and I vow to never do it again. This is a public apology to my brain and all forms of books and academia I may have pushed out of my brain or un-learned because of said action.}

PS, does anyone remember when TLC (THE LEARNING CHANNEL) use to air quality TV? Yeah, me neither.

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  1. I refuse to watch this crap. So I can’t really be a good judge of their budgeting, either. :p I watched a few episodes of toddlers in tiaras….it was absolutely horrifying. These mothers are so messed up; I can’t even hate the bratty little children after seeing how they’ve been raised.
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  2. All of these TLC shows baffle me. I don’t know why we make people like these into stars. I don’t watch them, and when I have seen them, I spend the entire time going, “WHYYYYYYY…” :/
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  3. I watched this show a few times while on vacation. It was very entertaining! I totally agree that it is a train wreck.

  4. I can’t even stand the commercials for that show. I think it is just ridiculous. So many of the reality shows are stupid. Bring back the type of show that were made in the 80s and 90s. Those were worth watching.
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  5. Never watched it – but I’ll cop to reading the occasional “article” about Honey Boo Boo on MSNBC… so I’m not an expert, but not unfamiliar. *slightly ashamed of this*

    Anyhoooo… the Mr and I somehow ended up talking about this the other day and we decided there is no way they are not completely hamming it up for the tv cameras and the ratings. I mean, if being yourself earned you $0, but being a fairly exaggerated version of yourself earned you $40K, which would you choose? Okay – I would choose $0 to be myself, but I am not normal…

    That said, the idea of the family in a mansion brings about flashbacks of the Beverly Hillbillies – did any of you guys see that? Nick-at-Night?
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    • Catherine says:

      haha, I totally agree, and I think it’s slightly more than ”slightly” exaggerated in this case. It’s sheer ridiculousness and by no means any comparison to Beverly Hillbillies, which is just fun! I also would not allow cameras to follow my life- I cherish my life and privacy, nothing is sacred anymore!

  6. We no longer have cable—it just had to be cut out of our budget! However, I sure keep reading about this so called show…and not one person yet has anything good to say about it.
    dang it! They need to come film my life for a couple of weeks LOL Shoot, even my friends keep telling me that.


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