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Till Debt Do Us Part

May 2nd, 2010 at 09:25 pm

Does anybody (in America) watch the TV show "Till Debt Do Us Part" that comes on right after Suze Orman on Saturday nights?

It's a Canadian (I WISH they would bring it to America!) reality show that features a couple in debt and the shows host comes in and gives them some money saving challenges to complete in a month. If they do well- she rewards them with $5k. If they dont- no money.

I think this is my new favorite reality show. I think the challenges can be a little silly- like walking around a mall in a T Shirt that says "Ask me about my $40k of debt"...but last nights episode had 2 lines that made me pause to think.

The first episode (There are 2 seperate episodes on each Sat night) featured 2 teachers pulling in around $100k a year with a little baby. The wife was in debt control mode and never spent any money even though she felt really deprived. She never allowed herself to buy anything because the husband spent every dollar he earned. He belonged to like- 4 different mens sports teams and regularly went to poker night with friends. And he would often gamble online (and lost $8,000 to online gambling.) His wife was trying to control their rising debt but the husband always had an excuse, like, "Some friends from out of town are visiting- I have to go out" and the wife said she was always wondering what excuse he would offer next to spend money.

Well they got him in a confessional setting and he said "I don't understand why my wife wants to save money. The purpose of money is to spend it. I would rather have a good life than have $30k sitting in some bank account doing nothing." And then! he says "I don't think we need a savings account since we'll always have access to the credit cards and a line of credit."

His whole attitude was ...awful. He was a brick wall. He never understood the point of saving anything. The show host tried everything to get him to understand how precarious their financial situation was. The show host even gave the wife $300 and told the wife to go out every night for a week so the husband could see what it felt like when the wife walked out every night to go spend his money. Because the wife felt like he had gambled away "her" $8000. (I assume it's because she had saved the money and in the course of a few late nights online- he lost it all.) But he never got it. The shows host ended up telling the wife to separate her finances from him.

The 2nd couple featured a man 35 yrs old. He is a student at a University who had accumulated $50k of undergrad loans. Married to a pharmacist who was pregnant with their child. And they lived in his parents basement. Wife made $35,000 a year and husband made $12000 a year. The shows host said to him "What makes you think you can pull this young woman from her home country (the wife was Asian), marry her, get her pregnant- but not be able to put a roof over their head?"

That kind of hit home for the guy and he got a part time job after that. And he decided to give up his plan to go to medical school and instead get a teaching job.

Anyways, I like this show. I hope it comes to America.

16 Responses to “Till Debt Do Us Part”

  1. NJDebbie Says:

    OMG, I watch it faithfully at 10:00 after Suze. "Guy" was the most arrogant man I've seen in my life. The show has a fan page on facebook. LOVE IT!

  2. Ima saver Says:

    I love the show!!

  3. moneyTunes10 Says:

    I love that show!!! I watch it on a regular basis. Believe me there were worse husband and wife couples. The worst I saw was an emotionally abusive husband who thought a financial plan was asking his in-laws to borrow money.

  4. looking forward (sweetmama) Says:

    I really enjoy the show also. I'd like Gail to divy up my money in her jars! Big Grin
    And both those 'men' last night wouldn't ever last with me! *gag* *slap,slap*

  5. girltherapy Says:

    Luv, Luv, Luv that show!! Oh that first episode. I would have helped the hubby along with an attitude adjustment, using my baseball bat!!! I bet if you revisit them in a year, they have split up. He basically blew off everything Gail had to say, and wasn't very nice doing it. And the second episode... he gets a bride on the internet, while living in his parents basement!?! I don't know whether to feel sorrier for the bride or the parents. And to top it off, hes 35, and has done nothing but go to college his entire (adult?) life! The parents should have offered to buy HER a ticket back home, but no, now shes pregnant! At least the parents seemed to get with the program (I hope). Gail is wonderfull, tells it like it is! I want her to come to my house, just for coffee! I bet we could be buds!

  6. Homebody Says:

    Yes, yes, yes.... we discussed this previously, you must have missed it.

    These are both reruns, I am waiting for a new season. I still DVR them all, but I have seen them. Keep watching.... there are some really interesting ones.

  7. M E 2 Says:

    There used to be a show on in America like that. I can't think of the name of it but it was on Saturday mornings. It aired on A & E, I think. The host was this big burly guy with awful taste in shirts, IMNSHHO. Anyone remember that show?

  8. Lady T Says:

    Yes! That show was "Big Spender," and the guy's name was Larry Winget. Some of the people on that show were pretty clueless too, as I recall!!

  9. ceejay74 Says:

    I loved "Big Spender." Larry Winget did it to publicize his books, I think, but it was a really good show.

    "Maxed Out" was a really good one too, also Canadian-based. I haven't seen any new ones in a while, but we still have the DVR set to record it so we catch reruns once in a while.

    I like "Till Debt" but I missed that one about the people living in their parents' basement! I'll have to see if I can find another showing of it. "Guy" was the worst I'd seen next to the one MoneyTunes referred to. That verbally abusive guy was terrible; he sabotaged every exercise and then, when they didn't get any of the reward money and the wife was really disappointed, said, "I said no good would come of this. I'm never wrong."

    I love the ones where both members of the couple are clueless and then they both really "get it." I can relate to those soo much, and it's good to see that other people can change their ways like my family did.

  10. Dandi Lion Says:

    I love this show. I set it to record every week, but it's now in re-runs for the season. I look forward to watching it.

  11. frugaltexan75 Says:

    This sounds like a good show. I'll have to see if we have the channel it comes on.

  12. David Says:

    That is a good show. I saw the episode where they were talking about going to, i did and those guys have some really good advice. "Til debt do us part" i love that. Good show though!

  13. rob62521 Says:

    We love Till Debt as well. And we used to watch Big Spender too. Common sense economics for common people.

    I'm with most of you...I'd wanted to slap the first guy who didn't want to save. Before Gail even said it, I told my dh that the marriage won't last.

  14. Rick Says:

    We love the show. When we don't stay on budget I threaten to bring in Gail. :-)

  15. yecatsiwel Says:

    I really love that show! I am always interested in Financial shows. If interested, another really good show (on radio)is - tomorrow (May 18) the ladies will be discussing "keeping cash in your pocket". The show will air at 7:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m. on I can use all the help I can get! I also love this site.

  16. Dale Says:

    ThriftyGuys - I've been searching for months for American dvd's of this show! I've even called the Toronto (*and* Winnipeg) offices of Frantic Films (who produce the show). No American distributors for her dvd's and only Canadian encoded video of all seasons starting from 2005 on (the Canadian station that carries the show).

    I can't get the videos to play on my U.S. computers but there are a few clips from the show on YouTube available.

    That's as much as I know for the moment.

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