‘Breaking Bad’: 7 Things You Shouldn’t Do With Money


Dangerous Side Gig

Undoubtedly, the biggest money lesson from the entire show is to find a legal side gig. Walter White, played by brilliant actor Bryan Cranston, is a high school chemistry teacher-turned-meth-cooker who discovers he has cancer.

With a wife and son to support, medical bills from his cancer treatments, and a baby on the way, White, like many Americans, simply could not make ends meet.

Before his lucrative drug business begins, White supplements his income by working after school at a local car wash as a cashier.

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Stash the Cash

The meth-making business is booming, and Walt decides to hide his stacks of cash in plastic bags underneath the modest house he and his family live in.

Many Americans still stash money in their homes, although it's not recommended in this day and age, especially since banks are FDIC insured up to $250,000.

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Car Wash

By season three, Walt and Jessie are raking in the dough -- there's so much extra cash lying around, Walt decides to open a car wash in order to launder the money and evade the feds.

The good news is, Walt's cancer is in remission and he is able to easily pay his medical bills and receive chemo treatments.

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Hitman With a Plan

After Walt agrees to do business with fast food restaurant owner/drug king Gus Fring, he reluctantly and frequently runs into Fring's scary sidekick, Mike.

In season five, a softer side of Mike is revealed, and the tough-as-nails character is seen depositing large amounts of cash (millions!) into a safe deposit box for his young granddaughter.

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Time to Splurge

After hoarding his drug money for a while, Walt decides to splurge on a brand new Dodge Charger for his 16-year-old son, Walter Junior.

Walt is thrilled he is able to give his son such an extravagant gift, despite his wife Skylar's annoyance and apprehension.

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Lending Money

In a violent shootout with drug honcho Tucco, Walt's DEA brother-in-law Hank is severely injured and is rushed to the hospital where he undergoes surgery.

The recovery process is slow, and after months of being bedridden, Hank realizes his insurance will not cover all of the physical therapy he needs. Knowing Hank and Marie are strapped for the extra cash, Marie's sister Skylar generously gives them the money they need.

When Marie asks Skylar how she is able to do this, Skylar makes up an elaborate lie, explaining that Walt is addicted to gambling and had apparently hit a very lucrative winning streak.

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Blood Money = Guilt

In season five, Jessie, who is grappling with his own demons (after having to kill a few people), wants to donate his share of the drug money to Mike's granddaughter.

However, after a quick meeting with the team's crooked lawyer, Saul, he decides it's not an option.

Instead, he gives a homeless man a generous stack of Benjamins, and literally goes on a money-throwing spree, chucking the bundled up bills on the front yards of homes in a low-income neighborhood.

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