3 of the Worst Money Lessons From Reality TV Shows

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These days, there is a reality show about everything. Some of you may have seen The Joe Schmo Show, which was literally a reality show about making a fake reality show. Modeling, cooking, dancing, being a teen mom, eating, being the wife of a doctor, or being a housewife in general — you name it — there’s a reality show about it. Over the past few years, the “let’s make a show about people doing their jobs” trend has really gained a lot of movement.

Shows like Storage Wars, Baggage Battles, and American Pickers have made us feel as though there is a different side to some of these businesses — a fun and exciting element, a thrill even. Then, of course, there are the ever-popular shows about home renovations and flipping houses that make you want to jump up off your couch and immediately paint your walls or build a new closet in your guest bedroom.

How realistic are these shows, though? Many of these shows portray consistent financial successes. Each and every business move made on these shows is a profitable one, no matter how large or small, no matter how rational or irrational (except for the one flop of a storage unit or bag on just about every episode). Rarely, if ever, do these shows portray any serious or long-term financial losses, which may very well come along with the types of business transactions these characters are involved in. Even if a reality star chooses the wrong house or picks the wrong piece of luggage, somehow, someway, he or she winds up coming out of the situation just fine.

Here are a few of the worst, most unrealistic reoccurring themes we’ve noticed on some of these shows.