Alana Thompson, better known to the world as Honey Boo Boo, on TLC's "Toddlers & Tiaras" appears on CNN's Starting Point August 7, 2012.
Wilkinson County's Honey Boo Boo, Family back with new episodes
She's baaack. TLC's blockbuster hit "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" following the life of Wilkinson County child beauty queen and her family returned Sunday night with a special "Holladay” episode and a newly blonde Mamma June.
But it turns out Boo Boo's mama, June Shannon, isn't just sexy - she's also a shrewd financial manager. The Georgia matriarch tells TMZ the reported 20-thousand dollars the family earns for each episode of the Toddlers and Tiara's spinoff is being split into trust funds for her four daughters. It’s money the girls can't touch "until they turn 21". The exception - to pay for school.
The self-proclaimed coupon queen tells TMZ she is "never gonna live above her means" - something she recently explained to Jimmy Kimmel.
“I don't want 10 years down the road, Alana or any of the other kids to be thinking 'oh my god I have nothing to show for it.’, Shannon told Kimmel.
Michael Schneider, TV Guide’s Bureau Chief in Los Angeles advises that these shows don’t last forever and that they are being smart with the money or investing or holding onto it for a rainy day.
While 7-year-old Alana, now internationally known as "Honey Boo Boo Child", may "holla" for a "dolla", Mamma June says she wants to keep her family grounded.
The family's biggest purchase since Hollywood came knocking? A 2005 Ford Expedition.
While not all of their habits may be good, it's this family's unconventional love that keeps 2.4 million viewers tuning in.
Schneider: “It is a real, nuclear family. There is something really heartening about this show. You come for the train wreck but you stay for the heart.”