Let’s be honest…despite its flaws, we’ve all loved the Beverly Hills 90210 reboot.
Thirty years later and everything (and, yet, nothing) has changed for our former heartthrobs who played Beverly Hills highschoolers. The original series brought the drama of teenagers with too much money. The reboot is about the drama of not getting the money or recognition the gang believes they deserve.
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So much of what we see on TV is distorted reality, even when it comes to finances. Much like Tori Spelling and her character Donna Martin, when we’re surrounded by images of wealth and lavish lifestyles, it’s easy to become disconnected from what things really cost. We call this financial dysmorphia, and it can really affect how you think about and plan for your financial future
We want to help everyone snap back into financial reality, and think a little transparency could go a long way here. So we took a look at a few key financial decisions made by our favorite 90s stars and checked the receipts. See something we missed? Share it in the comments!
While we’re not sure what the real life Tori Spelling is earning to produce and star in a mini-series about her (real?) life, she’s definitely upfront about what her lifestyle costs.
- 1-year Mommy & Me Yoga: Assuming $20/class, this one really depends on how many times a week she plans on going. The range could be anywhere from $1000/year to just over $7000/year.
- SIX children: This is a doozy. Two years ago it was estimated that raising one child in Los Angeles until they’re 17 would cost $336,398. (a whopping 44% more than the national average) Multiply that by six and you’ve quickly ramped up the cost to more than $2 million.
In the premiere episode, Ian’s much more about the earning than the spending, so we looked into some of those income streams he’s working on with his wife.
- Becoming a cast member on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: OK, this one had a really wide range depending mostly on name recognition. Since none of us could think of the name of the real life wife of our favorite Sharknado star, we’re leaning on what other Real Housewives stars make — reportedly between $400 and $1M.
- Publishing a healthy lifestyle/workout book: For a first-time writer, advances could be in the range of $5000 – $15,000.
Jenni’s having a rough time these days. Between her third divorce and flying coach, things are looking pretty grim for the former leading lady.
- College bribery: In a “ripped from the headlines” kind of way, at one point Jenni references not even having enough money to bribe her kid’s way into college. As many of us recently learned, the alleged rate is about $500,000 for two kids. Luckily, Jenni only has one daughter we’ve seen, so her tab should only run about $250,000. (Not including the cost of getting caught.)
- Golf clubs: In a fit of rage, Jenni throws her ex-husband’s golf clubs out the window. Assuming his clubs are on the higher end, that’s probably going to cost her somewhere between $800 and $1000 in damages.
Our girl Gabby is setting a great financial example for the rest of the gang. We’re not quite sure what bus route she’s seen taking in Los Angeles in the premiere, a county where nearly 15% of the land is parking lot, but we’ve already suspended reality for this show, so we’ll let it slide.
- Being a grandmother: The average grandparent spends about $2,562 annually on their grandchildren. If we know Gabby, she’ll probably be spoiling her namesake a little more than that!
Brian Austin Green
Brian is arguably the former 90210er with the most lavish lifestyle, and the most fun to research.
- Private plane from L.A. to Las Vegas: This one had a wide range. It really could be anywhere from $3 – $90 million. Bottom line – private planes are expensive!
- Backstage passes to BTS: After we asked our summer intern what BTS is, we did a quick search for backstage passes and…whoa. These kids are charging more than some of us pay in rent for one VIP pass. We found someone on Quora who paid $1,760 EACH for two VIP passes. Assuming he wouldn’t force his daughter to go alone, this one cost him at least $3,520.
This guy did not have it easy the first episode. Not only is he facing a workplace lawsuit, the shenanigans he gets into in Vegas are costly.
- Cost of punching a colleague: When we first see Jason, his hand is in a cast because he’s not taken seriously as a director. If Gabby can’t get him out of it, his outburst could cost him at least $18,000, possibly more.
- Bail for destruction of private property, larceny, transporting property across state lines: Like we said, the gang gets a little extra in Vegas. Considering they didn’t get jail time because, well, none of them are in jail, the fines would be $500 (destruction of private property), $1000 (transporting property across state lines), and $1000 (larceny). All told, they’d owe, not including legal fees, a combined $15,000 for their petty crimes, proving that individually, life as a former teen heartthrob can be expensive, but together, it can be exorbitant!
So now you know! So much of what the series glosses over costs the characters quite a bit of dough. While it’s fun to escape back to the 90s, we’re here to make sure it doesn’t run away with your wallet.