Honey Boo Boo's TV Earnings Go Into Trust Fund: Report
01/07/2013 AT 12:00 PM EST
She may seem like a redneck on TV, but Mama June tells TMZ.com that she's using her hillbilly common sense to put most of the show's earnings in a trust fund for her four daughters and granddaughter – and it won't be available to them until they turn 21. The only allowances are for medical emergencies and school.
"I want my kids to look back and say, 'Mama played it smart. Not like those other reality TV people,'" Mama June said.
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."