POSTED FEBRUARY 16, 2012  10:20 am

So, what IS the real cost of being a Housewife in Beverly Hills???  

Our friends at the Daily Truffle have broken those figures down for all who have been wondering!  Our friends at the DT were born and raised in Beverly Hills… they still live there and know all the skeletons, the ‘who’s who’ and the ‘what’s what’!

This is just PARTIAL LIST of the breakdown!  Please visit the DT for the ENTIRE story…

BEAUTY — $12,000 to $24,000
It’s not uncommon to get your nails done once a week or a week — $1,200 a year for Mani Pedi is about the annual cost. A hair cut can run upwards of $125 and color every couple weeks to once a month can start at $300.

A starting gym membership at Equinox (formerly the Sports Club) in Beverly Hills is $150 a month. A private pilates class or private trainer at Equinox is $120 to $160. Group yoga classes are free. The initiation costs for the highest level, which gives you access to the executive locker room, can be up to $5k.

Your average middle aged housewife in Beverly Hills spends between 3k – 5k on botox and filler throughout the year and facials (twice a month) are $125 – $225 – Dr. Chiu of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery and Aida Thibiant on Canon are our favorites.

CLOTHES — $500,000 to $1,000,000

A stroll through the personal shopper’s closet at Neiman Marcus (tucked in the couture section on the 2nd floor) will reveal racks and racks of clothes pull by NM’s personal shopper for various big-time clients. A look through the name tags on the racks reveals not a single one of Bravo’s BH housewives — for shame!!

Saks 5th Avenue has a similar service called the 5th Avenue Club which consists or 5 or 6 personal shoppers who all have closets where they pull and store things for their clients. These closets are located behind a door on the second floor of Saks and also has a living room set-up with a fully functioning bar (at all times). None of Bravo’s housewives are clients here.

A 25k to 50k per month shopping budget for clothes is not uncommon – a budget this size will include shoes but general does not including jewelry or fur which couldn’t drain the entire amount in one trip.

Why so much? Well, an Azzedine Alaïa dress, for instance, runs on average 4-5k. If you are a Beverly Hills housewife, it’s possible you could go to up to a couple events a day (a luncheon, a dinner, and a party). With cocktail dresses ranging from cocktail dresses 3-5k and gowns for charity events or big dinners can run up to 10k.

It is not uncommon for a Beverly Hills housewife to operate on a $50k per month shopping budget for clothes and shoes (does not include jewelry or fur). One friend of the Truffle regularly spreads the 50k a month across Neimans (20k), Saks (10k), and other stores (10k).

If you do have a fur(s), you either have a fur storage closet or spend $95 a year to store a fur at Neiman Marcus; Saks will run you $125 to store a coat for a year and and glaze it. *(Saks is a little more possibly because The Fur Salon at Saks is owned and operated by an independent Dutch furrier who houses the coats in an undisclosed workshop in L.A. — location not released for security purposes).

INSURANCE — $50,000 to $500,000

Insurance is a major issue when you start to have valuables. The basic rule of thumb is that anything less than $6k is not worth the cost to insure it (meaning, it costs more than worth to pay). A typical annual insurance cost for jewelry and watches a woman in Beverly Hills is $50,000.

One Beverly Hills housewife in the area has two armed security guards stand outside her jewelry closet at all times …!

A way to avoid this sort of cost that other Beverly Hills ladies do is keep their statement jewelry in a safe deposit box at a bank (which means you don’t have to insure the items) and then take out one at a time when you want to wear it and call in a ‘floater’ to your insurance company which will turn the insurance for that item on for the time you have it out of the bank’s vault. So you can pull out your red rubies for Friday and exchange them for the diamond choker on Saturday.

Home owner’s insurance and high value art costs a LOT more to insure than jewels though … What most people do is find an insurance policy for their home that will wrap in the insurance for every family member’s car, all the jewels, life insurance, and so forth.

A Swiss insurer by the name of Ace Group offered a Beverly Hills housewife we know car insurance that will provide her with an unlimited cost of car rental in the event her car goes into the shop. That means she can rent a Ferrari for free. The cost of this policy would be cost-prohibitive on it’s own — but wrapped up with the house and medical, Ace Group basically offers it for next to nothing. This is when the phrase you have to spend money to make money comes to mind.

Many BH-ers also have liability insurance which means their liability is limited if a gardener trips on a hoe or a kid’s friend falls off the trampoline. Without this kind of insurance, wealthy individuals are left open to any amount of medical and emotional damages the victims claims.

VACATION / SECOND HOMES — $300,000 to $500,000

A three week vacation with Abercrombie and Kent to Africa is about $25k — while a trip to Africa with Ker & Downey will be $28k per person!

If you are talking about Europe during peak season, expect a three week vacation to climb upwards of 40k. A get-away spa to the Golden Door or Monitcitoni or Canyon Ranch *(in the Berkshires only) starts at $500 a day.

If you bring the kids and need an extra room — double everything. If you bring a nanny, or three, as is customary for many Beverly Hills housewife who have CEOs as husbands. Why bring 3? It is because a good nanny will only want to work 8 hours a day so you need three to fill three 8 hour shifts a day. Then some pay the nanny over time when she isn’t working because she is basically being paid overtime. While this is on the extravagant side — it is not entirely abnormal. Here is the math on that — $25 an hour x 8 hours x 7 days plus $50 x 16 hours x 7 days x 3 nannies.

A house in the Malibu Colony that is average size (for the Colony) will cost about $200k (excludes purchase price) to maintain throughout the year. If you want the math on that — this is the mortgage and taxes on an $7,500,000 house with 40% down.

STAFF / SHRINKS / PSYCHICS / PETS — $100,000 – $200,000

Normal staff for a Beverly Hills housewife is either a day housekeeper ($150 per, $4,500 per month and $54,000 per year) but more likely a live in housekeeper which is less expensive because you’ve include room and board. Everyone is different but typically a live-in housekeepers in Beverly Hills annual salary is $22,000 a year with all taxes paid for, free room and free food. One Beverly Hills housewife has a housekeeper with this exact salary but doesn’t iron or go to the market or cook at all. She does, however, pay close attention to four dogs that live in the house and works 830 or 9-4. She eats the same food as the family, uses the treadmill, eats food the housewife cooks her and is considered part of the family. She also has an iPhone and straightens her hair everyday. At least one live-in maid is to be expected with children.

A non-live-in chef is $100 to $150 per day (excluding food costs). Is it normal to have a chef? Yes, but often the housekeepers do it.

It is not uncommon for women we know to have special elective doctor such as therapists, shrinks, psychics, and the new trend of the moment — doctors of oestepathy. A reputable psychic is about $150 for a good full hour. Psychologist ($250 per visit x once a week = $12k). This is very normal. Rather it’s personal therapy or couples therapy, pretty much all BH-ers see this cost.

If you have 4 dogs, and we use than number because many Beverly Hills housewives like their pups!, it’s $3,500 + for 4 dogs to be bathed and clipped by a mobile grooming service.

If you fly with your pet, it is anywhere from $100-$150 per flight (each way).

ANNUAL COST — $1,000,000 to $4,000,000 a year

If you calculate the high side of our above mentioned maintenance fees which does not include the cost of houses, cars or jewelry, you will arrive just shy of $4 Million dollars a year for basic maintenance of a lifestyle in BH.

While we have no idea what the (actual) expenditures are of Bravo’s Beverly Hills housewives, we are going to give Adri, Lisa, and Camille a pass for having the lifestyle, Kyle gets half a pass for having good hair and a cute baby, Taylor, Kim, Brandi and Dana get no pass.



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  1. No wonder Taylor and Russell was in financial distress, you know that hag was spending the money faster than they could scam it.

  2. Taylor is currently on Wendy Williams. Is it just me?? When she refers to Lisa she calls her ‘Vanderpump’ I haven’t referred to a female friend by her last name since…high school?? Just doesn’t seem appropriate in BH circles.

    (I can’t believe that Wendy bought her garbage too…that makes me sad)

      • I just watched the whole fake stoopid interview Bean, and no its not just you! Why she called “Lisa” her Vanderpump is because her 40 yr. old self has the mentality of a bottom feeder fish ( no disrespect to fish i love fish) she is a transparent liar, and we all know she isnt a REAL BH never was and never will be.

        Wendy flip flops alot esp. when she has the HW on her show…

        • You’re right she does tend flip flop with her HW’s and I used to find it mildly annoying when Tree had her financial problems and continued to spend. Wendy was easy on her too. But by virtue of ‘sayin’ it like you mean it..’ I have a really that she gave Taylor even a moment of air time. :-(( I think back to Oprah and James Frey. There’s a lot of TV personalities that are going to be feeling some kind of stupid when the lid comes off this.

          • I agree with you on when the lid comes off of this, that there are going to be a lot of TV personalities as you say ” going to be feeling some kind of stupid” and that is making me ROTFLMAO! Love your ( saying’s) very much!

            Ouch, my stomach is hurting from laughing so much! ;) Thanks for making me smile.

            • Ya I really am. I used to hate it and to be honest I’m not great walking in heels due to lack of practice. I’ve grown into it now. I would love to be 5’7 that seems like the perfect height.

            • I hope you dont hate it anymore and walking in heels is an art in itself in my humble opinion. I practiced a lot and like you I got the hang of it and now I love wearing high heels. I like being 5’7 now, but when I was young I didnt like it much.

            • Bean, I hope I didnt say something that was out of line or aything like that. If I have I sincerely apologize. :(

    • Lisa did it to Taylor in one episode, when she still didn’t like her. They were on their way to Colorado and Lisa joked about having to sit next to “Armstrong” for four hours or something. Lisa sounded fine but no one else, incl Taylor, cld pull it off.

      • No doubt The Daily Truffle knows their stuff, just surprised it’s not higher considering all the maintenance these women undergo in one year!!

        • My thoughts exactly….those are the same costs here in the Mid-West….I thought there would be a “star-power charge” in BH. The big difference here is that you don’t tell anyone about what you do or don’t do in your maintenance. Very hush, hush.

  3. All this tells me is I don’t want to be rich OR live in BH. What a headache, I couldn’t imagine having to think about all of those expenses. No wonder Camille said EVERYONE has money problems they’re just on a larger scale.

    When I picture winning the $50 mil jackpot I still imagine a fairly normal life with a lot of travel and a lot of FREEDOM. It seems like these BH ladies don’t have freedom, they have golden handcuffs. I would never dream of having to run to the bank to get my jewelry for that night. I happen to think costume jewelry is way more fun and funky than that expensive crap. Besides who would want to add stress to their life worrying over a NECKLACE or RING… omg please. No wonder they say money can’t buy you happiness. People are soooo stupid, they don’t even know how to be rich right.

    The one expense I WOULD indulge in is the beauty expense. Call me shallow, I don’t care, THAT would be a real treat for me.

    • My happy number :-))) is $52 million. It’s more than enough to give to charities, help famil members and have loads of Freedom.

      And I completely agree with you on costume jewellry (altho’ I reserve the right to change my mind once the $52 million arrives!) I’m 6 feet tall. Most ‘real’ jewellry looks tiny on my frame so I like good quality costume :-))

    • They can have this drama and flushing of money down the toilet. Anything I own can be replaced (minus a modest wedding ring). I’ll stick to my vintage wardrobe, wrinkles, and God given hair color with Summer highlights from the kiss of the sun. This all sounds like nothing but a major pain in the neck. Okay, a few days at the Canyon resort, I wouldn’t turn it down.. still!

  4. I don’t think any of these women look like they spend that much money on beauty except maybe Lisa and Camille. Kyle dresses like she’s either still in the 80’s or like an old woman, Adrienne overdoes everything and always looks “off,” Taylor looks cheap and trasy and the HW’s on the other shows are no better imo. If I had that much money to spend on a wardrobe, I’d look far better than these women do. Good taste and style can’t be bought with money. They pay stylists but when they have the final say about what they wear it’s their style and taste you see.

    • I’ve never ‘gotten’ the idea of a stylist. To me putting together outfits is the fun part. It’s like paying someone to ride the roller coaster. Why would you do that?

      • Beanthere I totally agree with you. I love putting my wardrobe together myself. I have to wonder about the quality of stylists they use, too.

        • I used to have a friend that admittedly just didn’t have a sense of fashion. In her case I can see getting help from personal shopper (particularly since she definitely had the money) BUT I would think that in order for it be a successful relationship with the stylist you’d have pretty hand yourslef over to them and let them recreate you. I’m not the most fashion forward person in the world but I have a certain style that works for and I wouldn’t want somebody trying to change me.

          • I was lucky. I had experience designing clothes. We had to hob nob with very wealthy clients and I made all my dresses. I had to learn to say they were custom not home made! I never failed to get compliments on what I was wearing and someone wanting to know who was the designer. With 4 Kids at home I didn’t have the money to spent 5K on a dress. CEO’s never make what the owners do or their friends.

            • originalcyn, Since you sew, don’t you think Lisa knows which style looks best on her and has many of her dresses custom made? I sew like you do and I think she either has a designer make her dresses or she has someone who sews them for her, which is a smart thing for her to do. She’s very confident in her style and I think it suits her. The color and fabric choices also make me think her clothes are custom made.

            • I’m like you. As a teenager I sewed most of my clothes largely because back then it was very hard to find pants with a 36″ inseam. It gave me the opportunity to create my own style on a budget and I could be certain that my clothes were one of a kind. Personally I think sewing is a lovely hobby.

            • I agree with you. Lisa looks Custom not designer. That is a compliment! It’s hard to find a unique look that suits you (in Pink). I loved how Pandora and Lisa customized Pandora’s wedding dress. What other housewife would admit to making handmade (custom) roses to add to her dress.

            • Lisa did say the she had her dresses custom made, I believe it was an episode with Cedric in it , she was trying on several dresses that had been made and was discussing which she liked and what needed changed on the dresses.

            • I believe Lisa has given credit on an episode and her website to a designer friend in conjunction w/her dresses. I envy you sewers, I could never fully get the knack. I did make a lined A-line style skirt. Loved it.

    • LOL @ your assessment of Kyle… couldn’t have said it better, lol again! Camille is the only one who has good taste, IMHO. I’ve never seen her in anything where she didn’t look great. It’s no wonder that she landed herself that young hottie. :-) Poor Shana. She wore the same outfit on some interview as she wore at the reunion, and she’s getting a lot of mileage out of that white luggage purse. Adrienne’s ‘style’ reminds me of the interior of an old Vegas casino – gaudy and overdone.

      • VegasChick: “Adrienne’s ‘style’ reminds me of the interior of an old Vegas casino – gaudy and overdone.”

        Best. Description. Ever. of Adrienne’s style! LMAO She always looks like she needs to take off at least one possibly two or three accessories.

        • Great description of Adrienne! She seems to be wearing 4 or 5 layers of spanks with every outfit. That’s why she walks funny! Her neck is too short or something weird.

            • Great description of Ad’s style …what was with that cape like sleeve dress on the reunion? Different is good but that was down right odd!

            • Odd and ugly. I am so happy that Brandi called her out about talking about Lisa. I am elated that Lisa and Camille didn’t show up for the circus of her book signing as well.

        • IKR? Adrienne’s outfits remind me of what my dream wardrobe would have been when I was 14…… In 1995

    • Good point if they’re even spending half of that money, most look pretty terrible (all considering). Less is more. Adrienne looks like something vomited on her, like she’s trying too hard to ‘look’ affluent. Camille and Lisa seem to have the right idea. They favor high quality, know what looks attractive on them, and keep it simple. Kyle has a great body, considering her age and number of children. I really wish she would wear more fitted clothes. I think she has self esteem issues with living in such a vain area. All that money just blown on hair, makeup, jewelry that needs a (what?) full time guard (like OC Alexis had someone coming over to do her hair and makeup on an ordinary day – WTH!) And seemed like she said ‘that’s what everyone else does in OC’, okay, and? Because sorry, Fernanda (whatever her name is) is pretty darn hot and usually doesn’t even appear to have a speck of makeup on or rollers in her hair? There’s something to be said for natural beauty, which not many of them seem to have!

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