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Recap of the TV Show Maxed Out

Maxed Out: Love Does Not Always Conquer Money Problems

This episode of Maxed Out features Adrianne, a woman in her 20s whose relationship with money compromises her romantic relationship with her boyfriend, Mike. It’s the first time on the show where a couple breaks up during the month it takes for financial guru Allison Griffiths to work her magic.

The show begins with a profile of Mike and Adrianne: Mike is careful, Adrianne is careless; he owns two condos and she rents her apartment; he doesn’t have a car and she has an expensive car payment. Get more details on their breakup and how Allison tries to help Adrianne when you


At one point in their relationship, Adrianne was living with Mike rent free, hoping it would help her get out of debt (she’s more than $25,000 in the red), but a bad shopping habit prevented her from getting anywhere so she moved out to an apartment on her own. Adrianne owes Mike $5,000 and he leaves to take a three month teaching position in Beijing, hoping Adrianne will be on track when he returns.

She knows that her lack of control over her finances is eroding her independence and her relationship with Mike, and she wants to use his time away to get on a road to self-sufficiency. She never gets the chance to prove anything to him because they break up shortly after he leaves, which pushes her to keep spending money because she sees it as a mood elevator.

With a monthly shortfall of $450, it’s no wonder Adrianne can’t get out of debt. Allison encourages her to get rid of her car because it’s taking up 35 percent of her take home pay, and suggests that she find a better paying job to get more money in the bank. In the end, Adrianne is successful on several accounts: she gets a job making $15,000 more, it's within walking distance from her new apartment, which eliminates the need for a car, and the apartment is $300 cheaper in rent.

What would you have suggested to the couple?

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jdmxrain jdmxrain 8 years
heh...If someone can't manage their money making 10-15k, what makes them think they can manage their money when they're making 50-70k? Anyway I've never seen this show...Direct TV doesn't carry the W channel but it sounds cool. A spender should never be with a saver.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Yeah, I've seen that show several times and I never really get it when she tells people to start making more money. I can see it being feasible if the person isn't working or is only working part-time or doesn't have a steady source of income. Otherwise, it's kind of ridiculous to suggest that...especially in this economy, most people are lucky to even have a job, let alone one that pays really great. I'm glad her boyfriend broke up with her, though. It sounds like she was sort of using him by living with him rent-free and relying on him to pick up her financial slack.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
i, too, think that she will say "oh i'm making more money now, so i can still buy things!" it won't help her change her habits.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
lol @ skigurl. I was thinking the same thing. Gee, I never thought more income would improve my financial situation
skigurl skigurl 8 years
it makes no sense to me when they say "you need a better paying job" yah, no crap. we all could use a higher income. sometimes it's not that easy!
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Good for him that he broke up with her. Obviously she wasn't ready to ready take a handle on her finances. Maybe she just needs some time to herself to figure out why only shopping can make her feel good. Good for her that she is getting there, but its a long road and I hope she sticks with it. I've known girls before that do get rid of their car (or some other big expense)and do well at first but then figure "I deserve a shopping trip because I've been good" or "wow, I have so much extra money" instead of thinking all this money can now go into paying off my debt, they use it to buy more crap.
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