Snooki says ‘Jersey Shore’ cast was paid in gift cards first season

Snooki says ‘Jersey Shore’ cast was paid in gift cards first season

The cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” didn’t earn bank for the first season of the hit show.

“We would get $200 a week from the Shore Store,” Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, told InStyle in their new Money Talks column. “I had never gotten that much in a week, like, every single week, because you usually get paid every two weeks.”

She says of that first season back in 2009, “That was crazy to me.”

The show aired until 2012 with the cast jumping into various business opportunities.

Although Snooki, 30, has come a long way in terms of money, she’s also gotten smarter about managing it.

The cast members of MTV’s “Jersey Shore”AP

“My main goal is to always try and save, and I invest in properties,” she said. “Me and my husband have a lot of shore houses that we buy, make amazing, and rent out. We’re trying to build on that to have a lot of income.”

Snooki, who was very candid about her finances, said she only has two credit cards and does her own taxes along with husband Jionni LaValle.

While the cash appears to be steadily rolling in, it doesn’t mean she’ll ever stop working.

“I have a retirement account. As far as when I’m going to stop working, I never want to stop, because I love what I do,” the star shared. “I love reality. I love having my own brand and my own business. I like keeping busy. If I’m not doing anything, I feel like I’m wasting my time. I definitely don’t want to stop, ever. I’ll work until I stop breathing.”

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