“I want my kids to look back and say, ‘Mama played it smart. Not like those other reality TV people.’”
- Honey Boo Boo’s June “Mama” Shannon, who put most of the show’s earnings in a trust fund for her four daughters and granddaughter, to TMZ
Honey Boo Boo (real name: Alana Thompson), 7, makes about $15,000 to $20,000 per episode. That money, mom said, is placed in the girls’ trust accounts by TLC and she simply receives a statement informing her of the amount.
The family bills, she added, get paid by her husband Sugarbear’s job as a contractor. Their biggest splurge since their TV success thus far has been a 2005 Ford Expedition SUV.
“You’re never gonna see me drive a Range Rover or a Mercedes,” she said. “I’ll drive one if someone else pays for it. Never gonna live above my means.”