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Deadbeat ‘Housewife’ Driving Me Nuts

Last month we took a look at all of the “Real Housewives” on Bravo’s reality shows that are having real financial problems because they’re living way beyond their means.

Lynne Curtain, one of these icons for ostentatious spending had been evicted from her Orange County, Calif., home over $12,000 in unpaid rent and damages.

Lynne CurtinNow the gossip site reports that a judge in Riverside County, Calif., has issued a bench warrant for Curtain and her husband after they failed to appear in court over $1.2 million they had been ordered to pay a former business partner.

Their excuse?

“I just sort of forgot to go because of the Christmas season,” Frank Curtain told

The bench warrant doesn’t mean cops are out to arrest the couple. It won’t become active as long as they remember to show up at another hearing before Jan. 27th.

But can you see my eyes roll from here?

I’m not a rich woman. I make a decent but not exorbitant living. I own a small house. I have some student loans to pay back but I also have modest savings that are growing.

How is it that little ol’ Jen Stryker can be worth more than these Bravo bitches?

Oh, that’s right. Because I live within my means.

It doesn’t matter the size of those means. I am within them: I bought a house I could afford, and I didn’t keep refinancing to use it as a bank. I chose a college with a tuition that wouldn’t put me over my head in debt. I continue to drive a late model Honda Civic with almost 100,000 miles on it.

Do I buy new things?

Sometimes. I probably spent too much at Loehmann’s last weekend. But all my furniture is used, and I still haven’t put new curtains on my windows because the ones that the previous owners left behind are just fine.

Is someone like me — or you, dear reader — supposed to feel sorry for these women? For someone who pays for a facelift when she can’t pay her rent? Or someone who kvetches about selling her cars and jewelry because she doesn’t have cash to pay her mortgage?

Am I callous to revel in their failure? Maybe.

But you won’t get any boo-hooing from me. This is their hole. They dug it. They chose to put the cameras in their faces.

I will watch them try to dig out, and hope that somewhere, the show serves as a lesson that living high on borrowed money does not make you wealthy.

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  1. Merl said:
    on January 9th at 11:03 am

    Jen, you are wealthy and wise beyond your years. I wish I had known all this when I was young, I would now be a millionaire without having to marry one. Many of us learn too late that material things can never cure boredom and emptiness. And the short term high of living like can heriss only leads to depression and sickness due to being overburdened by debt. Your article is an inspiration to all who want to live wisely and well.

  2. Merl said:
    on January 9th at 11:06 am

    Why does a young, attractive woman like Lynne Curtain need a face lift? What she needs are new friends and new values. She also needs to learn that the superficial values of the ulta rich are poison to everyone else. Lynne is blinded by the haze as so are so many.