Reality television stars are a different breed of people. They aren’t Hollywood A-list stars, but at the same time, they aren’t D-list celebrities, either. Some have even made a vast fortune doing what they do best, and that is to show their lives to the public via a reality television camera. Flaunting their lifestyle is kind of part of their job. It’s also helped that many have managed to start their own brand, snag lucrative promotional deals and of course, hustle like there’s no tomorrow. A prime example is Kim Kardashian. While the world is still trying to figure out why she’s so important, she’s counting her money in her multi-million dollar mansion, one $100 bill at a time. She clearly knows how to build a brand out of herself, and that’s what all reality stars try to do as well (just not as successfully as the Kardashians do it).
Yet, not every reality television star is as fortunate as Kim Kardashian and her family. Take the Duggars for example. One moment they are hyped up on sugary milkshakes, and the next moment their entire world comes crashing down after TLC pulls the rug from underneath them. The same can be said about every single Real Housewife who has pretended that her net worth is more than the luxury sports utility vehicle she is leasing for the cameras (along with her rented house and all of that borrowed jewelry). With that being said, we’ve got 15 reality stars who have some serious spending issues below!
15. Michelle Duggar Goes On Major Shopping Sprees
Before we get into this, let’s just get this off our chests: if you plan on having 19 babies, you are going to end up spending a lot of money on your family no matter what. I mean, there’s no way you can expect to feed that number of children while being frugal and especially on just one salary. Sorry, but it’s not going to happen. Those kids are going to drain your bank account one way or another. Kids are expensive, and having that many is just asking for nearly all of your cash to go to parenting.
With that being said, it doesn’t seem like Michelle Duggar is too worried about her money, though. The Duggar family matriarch was spotted on a major shopping spree right before Christmas. And this was right after she and her husband Jim Bob lost their TLC reality television show. I guess even the Duggars need to indulge in a little retail shopping once in a while! They don’t want to let go of their lifestyle, despite the need to spend money elsewhere.
14. Jill Duggar And Derick Dillard Ask People To Fund Their Luxurious Lifestyles
Speaking of the Duggars, Michelle Duggar isn’t the only member of her family with a serious spending issue. Her daughter Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard like to make it rain dollar bills too! The only problem is both are no longer on reality television and from what we know, are completely unemployed. According to reports, these two love to ask their fans for donations just so they can spend it on their lifestyle instead. Now that is some super shady business.
Back in 2017, Jill and Derick launched a GoFundMe page, asking for a total of $10,000 to help support their Cross Church School of Ministry. That didn’t go too well with their critics, as you can imagine. And from what we can tell, the couple also loves to spend their money on clothes, shoes, dinner dates, trips and more. Nice life for two people who have no job! Riding on your fame is easy for these two.
13. Mariah Carey Likes To Bathe In Diamonds
Yes, Mariah Carey is one of the biggest divas in the music industry, but let’s not forget that she was also once a reality television star, too. Remember her E! series Mariah’s World? Yeah, I’m sure she wants you to forget about it, too. It certainly was not her proudest moment or the best part of her illustrious and long career.
Mariah Carey’s most lavish year was perhaps back in 2016. While she was engaged to one of the wealthiest men on the planet – Australian businessman James Packer – he showered her with diamonds so big we’re not surprised that she was forced to wear shades all the time. Some of her gifts included a 33.95-carat Olympia necklace that retails for a whopping $320,000. She also spent most of her summer on a yacht that was priced at $340,000 and took a picture of herself bathing in diamonds. And yes, Mariah refused to give James her engagement ring back after their breakup, too. The girl knows what she’s doing.
12. Kody Brown Is In Debt Because The Sister Wives Have To Have The Best Of Everything
Kody Brown, just like Jim Bob Duggar, has a lot on his plate. In fact, he has more on his plate than Jim Bob because, in addition to his 18 children, he also has 4 wives. And with four wives, you’ve got four anniversaries and gifts that you have to remember each year! It’s safe to say that Kody often feels pressured to spend money on his wives just to maintain order.
Just recently Kody helped one of his wives, Meri Brown, buy her own B&B in the state of Utah. They also like to go on vacations and buy their kids the best toys, accessories and clothes that money can buy. Unfortunately, many reports have indicated that Kody is knee-deep in debt and has filed for bankruptcy in the past. With four wives, the man is not living the dream. He’s living a real nightmare!
11. Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Have Millions Of Dollars Worth Of Jewelry
Kim Kardashian is by far one of the most successful personalities in reality television history. At this point, she basically controls which direction the industry will be going in. And while she’s got plenty of money stashed in the bank, she also likes to spend that money like there’s no tomorrow. Remember when she was robbed at gunpoint in her Parisian apartment back in 2016? The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star had an estimated $10 million of jewelry on her!
Now, Kim should learn from other reality stars (like her former best friend Paris Hilton) that you can’t extend your 15 minutes of fame forever. And you can’t expect to sleep on a bed of diamonds every night for the rest of your life. But then again, this woman has managed to make 15 minutes look like 10 years. She’s still on top, much to everyone’s disbelief.
10. Scott Disick Likes To Party Hard And Spend Extravagantly
For years now, people have been asking the same question: what on earth does Scott Disick do for a living? If you didn’t know better, you’d think that he would be partying with models every night for a living. As a matter of fact, that might be part of his job as he often does promotional appearances at clubs and gigs in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. But is that enough to pay for his extravagant and very opulent lifestyle? That’s what fans want to know!
As far as his critics are concerned, Scott is a full-time reality television star. And he loves to spend his Keeping With the Kardashians paychecks on expensive cars, watches, clothes, accessories and trips with his model girlfriends. Scott might want to scale it back a bit, especially since he’s no longer with his ex Kourtney Kardashian. That money is going to run out sooner rather than later.
9. Chrissy Teigen Has A Closet Full Of Haute Couture Items
We know that Chrissy Teigen is a model. The problem is we haven’t seen her model in a very long time. In fact, we haven’t seen her do much other than post on Twitter and Instagram every day. While some people are trying to figure out what her day job is, others are a little worried about her daily spending habits.
Now, technically Chrissy isn’t a reality television star but she’s appeared on plenty of reality competition shows. Chrissy is one celebrity who loves to show off what she’s got in her closet. She’s got an enviable collection of clothes, handbags and shoes and often wears couture dresses on the red carpet. Thank goodness her hubby John Legend is still belting out those chart-topping hits, otherwise, Chrissy would have to go back to… um, what is it that she does again?
8. Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt Like To Visit Their Surgeon
Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are two reality television stars who have definitely learned from their mistakes. Heidi herself even said that she regretted not saving enough money while she and Spencer were still in their prime. And who can blame her? I’m sure everyone still remembers and cringes about that time Spencer wanted to invest in healing crystals. He was blowing money like it was still 2007 and they were on The Hills.
And let’s not forget all of Heidi’s enhancements. Those procedures don’t come for free, mind you. What’s more, Heidi and Spencer still like to live life like they are on The Hills, even though they live far from it. Brody Jenner, you are not, Spencer Pratt. You are not fooling anyone these days, Spencer boy.
7. Kim Zolciak Has 6 Kids To Feed But Spends Her Cash On Designer Clothes
When it comes to Kim Zolciak and her husband Kroy Biermann, we honestly don’t know how these two manage to keep the lights on in their house. Kroy hasn’t had a job in years and from what we can tell, Kim loves to spend more money than what she brings in. I mean, it’s not like this woman has Beyonce’s bank account. She’s got six kids to take care of yet she spends more money on couture clothes and shoes than some of the biggest Hollywood stars in the business.
For Kim, she probably just thinks that she’s investing in her appearance. And we get that. But at the same time, we are talking about a C-list (we’ll give her that much) reality television star from Atlanta with a last name that most people can’t pronounce. Yet she thinks she’s Bethenny Frankel for some reason that we can’t understand. Kim, stop making babies, stop spending money, and help your man get a real job for goodness sake! You should get one for yourself, while you’re at it.
6. Teresa Giudice Continues To Buy Designer Despite Her Husband Being In Prison
Oh, Teresa Giudice. You’d think that the woman would have learned from her past mistakes but sadly, that hasn’t happened yet. Even though she spent time behind bars for her crimes (which included bankruptcy, fraud and lying through her teeth), she’s still spending money like she is the queen of Northern New Jersey. Teresa, the gig is up. We all know that your extravagant lifestyle is nothing but a hoax and your way of keeping up with the rest of the gals on the Real Housewives franchise.
Yet Teresa doesn’t see it this way at all. Even though her husband Joe Giudice is currently in prison serving his three-year sentence, Teresa is still living a life of luxury with her four daughters. She’s still wearing designer clothes, buying her kids to biggest and best toys and accessories and living in a house that we’re surprised she can afford.
5. Brandi Glanville Parties A Lot But Doesn’t Ever Seem To Work
According to reports, Brandi Glanville’s net worth is only $1 million dollars. And even though she doesn’t get the kind of child support checks she thinks she deserves from her ex Eddie Cibrian, she’s still living the high life in Beverly Hills.
A lot of fans have noticed that Brandi Glanville loves to wear designer dresses and shoes. Plus, it’s not easy keeping up appearances. She often has to invest in herself and says that it’s all part of her job. But at the same time, Brandi hasn’t had a stable paycheck since she left The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She’s supposedly a model but we haven’t seen much proof of her modelling. And her partying habits sure haven’t helped her financial situation, either. Young lady, it’s time to put some clothes on and get to work.
4. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino Has A Love Of Cartier Watches And Bentleys
A lot of people remember Mike Sorrentino as The Situation from the hit MTV series The Jersey Shore. Mike along with his co-stars cashed in big during their gym, tanning, and laundry days (oh, they were such simpler times, weren’t they?). Unfortunately, Mike has made a few bad mistakes since leaving the Jersey Shore, including his failure to pay his taxes on time. Oops.
According to multiple sources, Mike’s legal problems began several years ago and only got worse when a federal grand jury added a new indictment containing “additional charges of tax evasion and other federal crimes.” He also falsified records to “obstruct a grand jury investigation.” Dude, it’s time to return those Cartier watches and leased Bentleys and get a real job on the Jersey Shore.
3. Farrah Abraham Says She Is Broke But Won’t Stop Spending
Farrah Abraham is one Teen Mom who has managed to make herself into a brand. The only problem is that she hasn’t learned how to invest properly. She’s said plenty of times that she’s broke and she has a hard time paying her bills every month. And with all of her money troubles, you’d think that she would scale back on her purchases, but that hasn’t happened. Farrah has spent thousands and thousands of dollars on multiple enhancements and still goes on lavish vacations and buys expensive purses that we are sure she can’t afford.
2. Simon Cowell Loves His Multi-Million Dollar Yachts
Simon Cowell is the king of reality competition shows on both sides of the pond. Thanks to Simon, we’ve enjoyed classic, if not cringe-worthy television moments on shows like American Idol, The X Factor, and America’s Got Talent. That’s because Simon is one judge who likes to tell it like it is. If you suck, there’s a good chance that Simon Cowell will tell you the truth and in front of millions of people, too.
Simon Cowell is also a big spender. In fact, he likes to party like he’s on the Hollywood A-list while vacationing on multi-million dollar yachts and making sure that his collection of crisp white shirts are always ironed and ready for him each and every morning (because it’s not like he has other shirts in different colors, right?). Also, have you seen his car collection?
1. Tarek And Christina El Moussa Are Spending Despite Being A Failure For TLC
Yes, we know that the couple is no longer together, but they still work together according to reports. The ex-couple still join forces every day for their TLC reality show, Flip or Flop. Unfortunately, the show has been more of a flop lately because Tarek and Christina’s fans have been tuning out. No one is interested in watching an ex-couple hiss and growl at each other while giving one another side eyes throughout an entire episode.
Still, both Tarek and Christina love the perks that come with the fab life. But with the way things are going for them right now, we’d be surprised if TLC renewed their series for another season. Chances are these two will end up in the reality television unemployment line sooner rather than later. Time to start selling that tacky wardrobe on eBay, Christina!
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