Every year, people enter into marriages and include “till death do us part” in their wedding vows, with the expectation that they will spend forever with their partners. But when financial problems arise, it has the potential to rip apart even the strongest relationships.
A few nights ago, I was watching Till Debt do Us Part on CNBC. On the show, financial expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade visits couples who are struggling with debt. She reviews their financial situation, picks apart their spending habits, and takes away their credit cards, while giving them tips on how to better manage their money.
Gail gives the participants a new budget to follow and weekly challenges to help them get their finances in order. Over the course of a month, she checks in on them to see how they are doing. If they worked hard and did their challenges to her satisfaction, she gives them a check (of up to $5,000) to use towards debt repayment.
I give props to Gail for teaching people how to live within their means and take debt matters into their own hands. These are all-important concepts for anyone hoping to achieve and maintain a healthier financial position. Many of the couples on the show simply didn’t realize how much they were overspending. Others were resistant to change their ways.
For those who followed Gail’s advice, they came out of it with a better understanding of true needs versus wants. It was a reality check for many couples and a major crash course in money management. Participants not only got a chance to improve their budgeting skills but also worked on building stronger bonds with each other.
The show helped people kick-start their journey in resolving debt, and while some were able to reduce their debt successfully, others still required additional help. Just because they weren’t able to reduce their debt on the show doesn’t mean they will always be unsuccessful. It just means they need a better solution.
Gail’s budgeting tips are legitimate, but each person’s situation is unique. You need to have the proper tools and support in place to help you achieve debt freedom.
If you are struggling with a high debt load ($10,000+) and have tried to resolve it on your own (but haven’t been able to make progress), you may want to consider another option, like debt resolution. It may even save you money in the end!
Remember: There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to debt relief, but the team here at Freedom may be able to help you figure out which method is right for you.