Living Like Queens: Luxury Spending of the Real Housewives
When you star on a television show like one of the versions of the Real Housewives franchise, it can feel like appearances mean everything. Everything they say, do, drive and wear is subject to public scrutiny and results in waves of praise — or a landslide of criticism. As a result, no one should be surprised they dedicate so much time and resources to looking good.
As you watch the shows, have you ever wondered exactly how much they spend to support their lavish lifestyles? What exactly do they spend all that money on? Some purchases make perfect sense — we would all hire a maid if we could! — while other items are a bit extreme. Let’s take a look at the most common luxury expenses of the Real Housewives.
Clothes are a necessity for everyone, but most people don’t spend more on clothes in one month than they do on a brand new car — unless you’re a celebrity, of course. Clothing for special events is obviously important, but to the housewives, what they wear every single day is also critical.
Part of an insane clothing budget obviously has to include shoes and accessories. Ladies love their shoes, and it’s safe to assume that Erika Girardi and the other Real Housewives stars have a bigger designer shoe collection than most women. Have you taken a look at their closets?
All the clothes, jewelry and shoes in the world don’t matter if your hair is a mess. That's why these stars pay someone to keep their hair looking flawless for every appearance they make. Unfortunately, the down side of superstardom is you can’t simply walk into a salon for some pampering.
Perfect clothing and hair calls for some equally perfect makeup. Showing up on TV screens across America with no makeup is out of the question. With the grand clothes, shoes and accessories, the face needs some enhancements too.
Is it any surprise that these ladies who are ready, willing and able to spend $40,000 per month on clothes and shoes are willing to throw down some serious cash for their homes? This picture is of the beautiful home Monique Samuels moved into with her family.
Not-So-Gorgeous Property Taxes
Sometimes, beauty comes with pain. In the case of the housewives, property taxes are a very big pain. Even though the actual rate of property taxes for most of the ladies runs less than 2%, the total value of the homes makes that small percentage add up to quite a lot.
Gorgeous Home Decorations
For the average person, the cost of the home and the property taxes add up to more than could be paid in a lifetime. For the Real Housewives stars, those costs are just the start. Once they move in, they pour more money into making every detail look designer chic.
Let's just be honest: The stars of the various Real Housewives series have the funds to buy pretty much anything they want without giving it too much thought. In addition to their regular clothing, shoes and accessories, most of them love to shop for any number of other things they want.
On those days that retail therapy doesn’t take care of the problem, the housewives like to make sure there is always a therapist available. After, just like the average person, these ladies deal with stress too. The difference is they’ve got the money to have a therapist on call.
Being healthy is a good thing. Eating and drinking things that improve your body is never bad, but it can get expensive. While many people who have started juicing have learned to make their own at home, that isn’t necessarily true for celebrities.
Alcohol is never cheap outside your home, but when the Real Housewives go out, they don’t exactly order the $7 house margaritas. In fact, the lowest-priced cocktail so far on a show cost $14. That may or may not seem like much to you, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind in relation to the price.
Although they can definitely afford it, not all of these ladies have time to hang out on the beach to get a golden bronze tan. That means they have to keep their skin glowing another way. Spending time in a tanning bed is an option, but many choose to skip that as well — probably because of the risk of wrinkles and skin damage.
Real Housewives stars also pay to keep those pearly whites both pearly and white. Insurance, of course, covers regular dental work like cleanings, extractions and so on. However, there are some elective procedures that these ladies deem necessary that insurance probably doesn’t cover.
You can’t have a beautiful house with a beater in the drive. Well, maybe you can, but the Real Housewives stars certainly cannot. Keeping up with appearances simply means too much to their ongoing success. They go all out with their fancy rides, usually zapping their bank accounts with a six-digit hit.
What do you do when you’re invited to a fancy party or event? Well, you order limo service, of course! That's what these ladies do, anyway, which is probably a good idea, considering the alcohol they typically consume at lavish events.
Sometimes the ladies driving themselves isn’t the answer, but hiring a fancy limo service isn’t quite right either. At times such as these, the Real Housewives stars do what everyone else does: They call for an Uber to take them from Point A to Point B.
Are you wondering why these ladies would pay for a limo or a ride-share when they have such awesome cars in their driveways? There may be more than one reason, but it's a safe bet to assume that the insane costs of parking have something to do with it.
Events are a regular thing with the housewives, and that includes hosting them. If you have ever hosted an event, you know that the price is determined by the details and what you choose. The simpler the event is, the lower the cost. When it comes to the housewives, they don’t like to do anything simple.
You know if the ladies focus so much attention on keeping themselves looking good that they will do the same for their kiddos and grandkiddos. Of course, the clothes, shoes and accessories are on point, but these kids enjoy a lot of other perks too.
It's hard to get mad at a girl for wanting a beautiful wedding, especially since most little girls dream of it throughout their entire childhood. A wedding is a very special occasion, so splurging on one isn’t such a bad thing. Spending millions on it, though, might be pushing the spirit of that generosity.
When most people plan a vacation, it often involves a beach in the summer or a ski resort in the winter. Sometimes, vacation ideas get a little farther outside the box, but few people get a chance to enjoy a lavish vacation like the Real Housewives experience several times a year.
Premier College Education
Most of the Real Housewives stars make sure to send their babies off to good — a.k.a. expensive — colleges. Denise Richards sent her daughter to the University of Southern California, which costs a whopping $72,273 per year. Noel de Lesseps' son went to art school for a little less.
If you add up all the time the housewives spend getting fixed up, showing up on TV, attending and hosting events, running companies, shopping and vacationing, is it any wonder that they need help maintaining their homes? If they can afford it, why wouldn't they? Most people would readily agree that household help is a worthy indulgence.
The ladies also employ nannies to help with small children and to shuffle them around to their various destinations. All working moms need help with their babies, so why wouldn't they need help too? Many people have an unhealthy opinion of this, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just not something the average mom can afford.
Gourmet Food at Home
Speaking of their home staff, some of the ladies employ personal chefs. Usually, these chefs are used for catering parties or even to make dinner at home for a private special occasion. However, some of the wives just hire personal chefs to cook all their meals on a whim.
Everyone loves to dine out from time to time. Sitting down in a nice restaurant and being served hot, delicious food instead of cooking it yourself is a lot like a vacation to some. However, moderation is the key when it comes to how often you dine out and how much you spend when you do.
The housewives that have gotten plastic surgery don’t seem to have a problem copping to it. To them, they have a problem, all right — they don’t like the way they look. When you look at it that way, they do the logical thing — they set about fixing that problem. In their case, they pay a doctor to fix it for them.
Despite some opinions, the housewives don’t turn to the knife for every dislike they have of their bodies. Most of them also work out regularly. Some join different workout classes at their local gyms. For instance, Kyle Richards enjoys a spin class with a friend.
Of course, when the ladies don’t feel like going out, they sometimes bring the exercise to them. Kyle Richards may enjoy her spin class, but she also has a personal yoga instructor come to her home — sometimes twice a day. One session usually costs $100 to $150.
Fat Freezing Machines
Of course, if all the plastic surgery and working out just can’t seem to get the job done, there’s always another option for the wealthy: fat freezing. Yes, you read that right. Some days, housewives like Kyle Richards just need a little something extra.