10 Worst Casting Uses Of Money, According To Reddit

BravoCon 2022 saw appearances from several faces of the real housewives franchise. The brainchild of Bravo masterful deity Andy Cohen, the multiple series revolves around the lifestyles of wealthy housewives in wealthy cities, from Beverly Hills to New York and beyond.


Amid catfights and plenty of drama, the franchise’s cast members are known to want their ostentatious display of wealth. Some purchases are earned while others are more frivolous. Users of Reddit voted on which Housewives the splurges were the absolute worst waste of money.

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Lydia Schiavello dog portrait

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Lydia Schiavello on The Real Housewives of Melbourne

Before the franchise officially went international with The Real Housewives of Dubai in 2021, the other countries were covered individually. After Athens, another popular version was The Real Housewives of Melbourne, with a standout member being Lydia Schiavello.

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Reddit user sheeebeauty thought Schiavello getting a portrait of his greyhound dog Figaro “who looked terrified the whole time” was a waste of money, especially for the outcome of the final product. While Schiavello clearly adores Figaro, the portrait presents his four-legged friend in a sad light rather than a delightful smile.

Ayden Parks’ 12 birthday cakes

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Ayden Parks' birthday cakes in Real Housewives of Atlanta (2008-)

​​​RHOA alum Phaedra Parks is known for her sassy quotes, but the southern beauty loves the finer things, and that’s something she instills in her children, too. This was seen when she had twelve huge cakes for her second son Ayden’s first birthday party.

Reddit user Don Nathalie think “that baby probably would have been over the moon with an oversized cupcake”. While this is far from the most outrageous display of wealth by an actor in the franchise, it certainly seems excessive for a toddler’s birthday party.

Slade Smiley modernizes Gretchen Rossi’s Rolls-Royce

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Gretchen Rossi on Real Housewives of Orange County (2005-)

The real housewives The series saw plenty of new cars rolling around for housewives, husbands, and/or their kids. Reddit user flolulu thinks ‘Slade’ will ‘buy’ the Rolls Royce for Gretchen in rhoc season 8was a bad buy.

Gretchen Rossi had been surprised by her boyfriend Slade Smiley with a brand new Rolls Royce, complete with a pink bow. Turns out Smiley didn’t buy the fancy car at all, only the car upgrade for Rossi, which would make him make the payments. Since she did not take this initiative for herself, it turned out to be madness.

Kandi Burruss invests in Kim Zolciak’s music career

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Kim Zolciak and Kandi Burruss on Real Housewives of Atlanta

Long before becoming one of the best real housewivesKandi Burrus was renowned for her presence in the music industry. Burruss gained immense respect for his songwriting talents, awaiting hits for musical icons from TLC to ‘N Sync. Nevertheless, Redditor luuuu67788 believes investing in co-star Kim Zolciak’s music career was unwise, wondering “how much would it cost to automatically tune her singing to a tolerable level”.

Kandi used his connections to record and release Kim’s song “Don’t Be Tardy For The Party”, which became a semi-viral hit. Luckily, Kandi was able to put the “investment” behind her, thriving in reality TV and music.

SparkleDog Premium

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Real Housewives of Dallas member Kameron Westcott and his dog Louis

Debut in the The Real Housewives of Dallas second season, Kameron Westcott was the personification of Elle Woods. She was bubbly and smart in her approach while having a huge love for animals and the color pink. Although it removed Reddit user believes that “Kameron’s pink dog food” was not the wisest money spent.

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Launched in 2018, Westcott was inspired by her puppy Yorkie Louis to create SparkleDog, a pink dog food fortified with vitamins and minerals. Even though the brand is still in business in 2022, there have been several complaints about the dye used to give the kibble its bubbly pink color.

Deshawn Snow’s Failed Silent Auction

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Deshawn Snow of Real Housewives of Atlanta (2008-)

Although it only lasted one season, RHOAit is Deshawn Snow is remembered for an unfortunate event, even though he had the best of intentions. The first wife of former Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Eric Snow, Deshawn had started her eponymous nonprofit for the empowerment of teenage girls. Unfortunately, the fundraiser didn’t go as planned, with the Reddit user Brandelle calling it “so cringe”.

Snow hosted a black tie auction at her home, aiming to raise $1 million for the foundation. Not only did they miss their goal of $990,000, but it turned out to be a forgettable RHOA instant season 1.

The Countless Efforts of Sonja Morgan

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Sonja Morgan of Real Housewives of New York City

Several Housewives have turned their franchise appearances into legitimate side businesses, from fashion to food. Despite all his efforts, The Real Housewives of New York Sonja Morgan didn’t exactly fit in, with the Reddit user bigfoot5000 thinking that “almost everything Sonja invests money in” is frivolous.

Whether it was a clothing line, a toaster oven, or a possible film production with John Travolta, nothing seemed to land for Morgan. Maybe things will change for Sonja Morgan soon enough, as her spinoff show with fellow RHONY alum Luann de Lesseps makes his debut.

Luxuriator sunglasses by Dana Wilkey

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Dana Wilkey on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (2010-)

Almost immediately, the real housewives the series would expand its cast and that of their talking head interview segments to include family and friends. Such RHOBH boyfriend was Dana Wilkey, who was introduced in season 2 as a “housewives friend”. Reddit user chatonluvsu thinks “Dana and her $25,000 sunglasses” was one of the worst splurges.

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Arriving for Taylor Armstrong’s daughter’s cowgirl birthday party, Dana Wilkey showed off the $25,000 Luxuriator goggles to everyone as a gift from her fiancé. Many fans felt that Wilkey was trying to use this as leverage to become a lead actor.

Kennedy Armstrong’s Lavish Tea

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Taylor Armstrong and daughter Kennedy in Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Season 1 of ROBH is a fan favorite for featuring faces such as Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump, but some of the events featured in the first season are still memorable for their lavishness. Editor Oh I don’t think so felt that Taylor Armstrong’s birthday party for her daughter Kennedy was “so over the top and disgusting”.

For her daughter’s fourth birthday, Armstrong orchestrated $50,000 Alice in Wonderland themed tea party, with $6,000 worth of Barbie diamond necklaces as party favors. Taylor Armstrong has no regrets, recreating the party for the 2022 episode of The Real Housewives Girls’ Ultimate Journey: Ex-Wives Club.

Glam Squad by Erika Jayne

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Erika Jayne Girardi on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 6 Reunion

Debuting in Season 6, Erika Jayne Girardi quickly became a fan favorite for her upbeat attitude, honesty, and fabulous wardrobe. That being said, Reddit user maraq think “40k per month on glam” is beyond exaggerated. The Redditor added, “Makeup and hair aren’t THAT hard. You don’t get $35,000 more than the lady next to you who spends $5,000.”

Girardi has repeatedly mentioned her glam squad, which turns her into her flamboyant Erika Jayne persona. As she ties into the ongoing legal battle surrounding Tom Girardi’s embezzlement, fans have been further miffed not just by her past displays of wealth, but also by her apathetic outlook on the matter.

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