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Till Debt Do Us Part

March 22nd, 2010 at 11:34 am

This is a TV show that plays on CNBC on Saturday nights, but I just got around to watching it last night. I don't know why I watch this show, I think it's like watching a car accident. Couples who have serious money problems are counseled by a financial adviser and shown how to get their act together. I don't really care how people spend their money. I don't make any moral judgements as long as they have the money and it doesn't hurt anyone else. But there's a kind of shock and awe seeing what people spend their money on when they are deep in debt.

One woman lost her job and went out and bought a $1500 puppy. Really? That's what you think is important when you have no money coming in? How are you going to feed that puppy? One guy bought 5 sets of golf clubs. Just totally clueless.

Anyways by the end of the half hour show and about a month of their lives, the couples have seen the light and are on the straight and narrow to get out of debt. I wonder. I'd like to see them go back in a year and see how those couples are doing. People who are used to indulging themselves with whatever they want whenever they want don't usually change overnight.

I finished reading the library book Hidden Empire by Orson Scott Card. Sci/Fi - very good. I really like how he writes characters, especially children and I really like the dialoges he has between and with the children.

9 Responses to “Till Debt Do Us Part”

  1. pjmama Says:

    I cant even imagine making purchases like that-- in debt or not! I guess there's a reason why they're so heavily in debt to begin with... heh.

  2. Analise Says:

    Wow, unbelievable. I agree these people are not likely to change their spending habits. They need long-term counseling, not "quickie" advice.

  3. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    If you go to the Til Debt Do Us Part website they show a few couples and how they are doing down the road.

  4. Ima saver Says:

    I like to watch that show too! The couples are so clueless!

  5. gamecock43 Says:

    I love that show!

  6. elisabeth Says:

    I know a couple (w/2 kids) like that. It constantly amazes me. They don't change or even really want to. Oh, they say they do, then they got 2-3 dogs after they filed bankruptcy. They constantly eat meals in restaurants (6-8x a wk). Bankruptcy, job loss, constantly borrowing and accepting financial help from her parents (ex. buy the 2 kids school lunches and uniforms, groceries), its a neverending financial soap opera.

  7. Waterfall Says:

    You're back. Yours is the first SA blog I ever read and I read your postings until you stopped. Then I joined.
    You've made my day.

  8. dmontngrey Says:

    My brother's (soon to be ex) wife went out and spent ~$800 on a nearly dead puppy, then told everyone she found it almost frozen to death on the side of the road one morning. Neither of them have a real job and they have a mortgage in arrears.

  9. retire@50 Says:

    Waterfall - thanks, that's nice to know Smile

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