Poor Mama June Shannon!
The family matriarch of disgraced TLC fame opened up about how the cancellation of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has forced her family to become frugal in the wake of the massive loss of income.
After all, what’s a girl to do when her reality television show gets abruptly cancelled?
Of course, Mama June has always been known for her frugality — it was often a focus during her time in the spotlight during the successful run of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Before TLC entered their lives, Mama June stated, frugality was more than a necessity — it was an actual way of life. For the Shannon family, struggling financially was just the way it was — like it is for many families.
“We were struggling from the day-to-day to week-to-week, just like everybody else does,” Mama June says. “Now, I can be able to say, ‘OK, if the kids need new clothes or they need new shoes, then I can be able to go out and get that.’ “
All those years spent living frugally has come in handy again, after the abrupt cancellation of their show in 2014 after rumors surfaced that Mama June Shannon was dating a registered sex offender who was guilty of molesting one of Mama June’s own daughters.
The moment that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo went off the air, especially due to the scandals surrounding Mama June and her poor — even dangerous — choices, the spotlight went dark, and so did their opportunities. After all, it wasn’t just the steady income from TLC that Mama June and her children lost — it was the many opportunities that their fame and their show granted them.
Of course, opportunities do occasionally pop up.
guys here we go again will b Baltimore this Saturday 4th 11pm-1am @ Hustler club come out & join the fun with me pic.twitter.com/Hjvwx05yjQ
— Mama June (@MamaJune_BooBoo) June 3, 2016
Although Mama June moved her family into a hugely upgraded home that she is currently updating, she is also forced to be frugal in many ways and continues to pinch pennies when it comes to spending.
And for Mama June, that means a return to extreme couponing.
“It’s a high for me,” Shannon says. “I get high off of couponing and walking out the store and them either having to pay me or me walking out of it totally free.”
If you are going to get high off of something, saving money is probably one of the better choices.
Mama June made sure their new home has a “stockpile room,” the same as their home in McIntyre, Georgia did. Her stockpile room is where she keeps the excess home supplies and non-perishable items and amenities that she has amassed during her extreme couponing adventures.
“I am very, very frugal with my money,” June says. “Still coupon a lot, still save a lot of money. Hello, I bought this house in foreclosure.”
Mama June is aware that many TV stars ride high on their fame and money, and end up losing it all in the end, through excessive spending and squandering of funds, with no thought to the future.
“A lot of people who become famous and they make millions of dollars, they just spend it as soon as they make it — or spend it before they even make it. I’m not going to be like that. Don’t ever forget where you come from.”
And as much as June Shannon relies on lessons of frugality she learned in the past, it’s the mother’s “focus on the future” that creates that drive to spend her family’s money responsibly.
“I want to be able to live comfortable for a long while after this amazing adventure ends,” she says.
Daughter Honey Boo Boo recently opened up about what it was like to learn her show was abruptly cancelled — and Mama June opened up about what she keeps in the refrigerator. For more on that, click here.
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