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Who here watches Maxed Out on Style Network?

February 13th, 2009 at 07:51 pm

And yes, I realize that sounds silly and hypocritical coming from someone who shouldn't even have cable. I've made many a tarry in that battle over many years and I've always been forced back. Just one more example of how my preferred monkish lifestyle is at odds with a family. I have to rationalize it (for now) by remembering that we spend VERY little else on entertainment.

ANYWAY, I've been sick lately and I ran across the Maxed Out series on Lifestyle network on daytime TV. I only saw the one yesterday about two 30ish single women who made the smart choice to share a condo, but they were each in deep debt due mainly to maintaining a single urban lifestyle, with WAY too much eating out. So besides slashing expenses, the counseler lady insisted that they sell or refinance their condo - they went for a refi. This was a little surprising since you usually hear not to do that, to pay off consumer debt with home equity. So I think I am in a similar situation. So far I THINK I can make the payments without doing that, but it is getting way too close for comfort.

So I will concentrate on analyzing expenses - both women were SHOCKED that they were grossly overspending. I'm not quite in that much denial, but there is some fog as to exactly how much we are overspending, so that is job two, right after stopping the bleeding from excess interest charges.

Anyway, it's a good show, and it just emphasizes to me what a constant battle it is to keep debt from encroaching if you don't make a serious and concerted effort to prevent that from happening. I think it is a little worse these days when costs are rising much faster than income, but it has always been a battle. I remember when I grew up, eating out was just not done, we just couldn't afford it. And now it is WAY too routine.

7 Responses to “Who here watches Maxed Out on Style Network?”

  1. TryingHard Says:

    I haven't seen the show but it sounds intriguing, I'll try to watch an episode one day.

  2. Personal Finance Student Says:

    I have watched the show some and I like it, but don't always agree with her solutions. I think a lot are filmed in Canada, so there are differing laws, etc., but some things she suggests, I just don't agree with. I still like to watch it and gain motivation/encouragement from it. I just wish they would do an update so you can see if the people really did stick with things and make a difference.

  3. Nika Says:

    Is there any place to watch it online?

  4. Ralph Says:

    Nika, here's a link, but I'm not sure if there is a place in there to watch them online.

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    And you're right, PFS, it was funny when they showed someone withdrawing their $20 weeekly allotment and the bill was all fruity colored. Smile

  5. homebody Says:

    I cannot find it anymore, used to DVR it and watch it. Along with Big Spender with Larry Wingit. But that is not on anymore either. I love personal finance stories about real people and real solutions.

  6. Ralph Says:

    Me too, homebody. Just like here, it helps to have some compadres in the war against your wallet and well-being. It's a jungle out there!

  7. Stacy Says:

    love this show! Wish it were on more often!

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