Judging by what we've seen on quite a few episodes of MTV's docuseries "Teen Mom," it's easy to believe that young mothers Maci, Amber, Farrah and Catelynn are struggling with financially supporting their children and themselves.
Why else would Farrah have to take extra shifts at the pizzeria to make sure she has enough money for rent and food for herself and baby Sophia? Or why Gary's mom buys diapers and clean sheets for little Leah?
But apparently, these folks may not be as poor as they appear. According to Life & Style Weekly, the teens are making pretty decent money for appearing on the hit show. "The 'Teen Mom' stars earn $60,000 to $65,000 per season," a series insider told the magazine.
That's should be enough to provide a reasonable living! So why do they look like they're struggling so much financially?
In the case of Gary and Amber, chalk it up to a lack of money smarts. "Gary says he's broke," his best friend, Jordan Sanchez, told the magazine. "The money is the only reason he's willing to do the show. You can't walk away from money like that."
Let's hope everyone else is stashing the paychecks for the kids' college funds.