Did anyone see Dr. Phil yesterday?
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|Wed, 10-22-2003 - 7:47am|
The first was a couple who are 4 months out of bankrutpcy and she's still spending money on designer clothes every day. They had just taken a second out on their home and the bk only cut $300 per month off their budget.
The second couple was one that had four kids and the father had been laid off for 15 months. He started this "Dude on the corner" gimmick to get himself a job. He sits at a desk on the corner and promotes his website that has his resume on it. In a panic, and to avoid bk, his wife had sold the house, and EVERYTHING in the house.....clothes, toys, knicknacks, the furniture. The family now has about 8 items of clothing each and is living with her sister. (Why one of them didn't work at night was beyond me.)
The third I thought was the worst. Every payday, before paying bills or even coming home, the husband would go out and buy STACKS of dvds and other "entertainment" things. This couple had 2 little kids and there was the dad sitting in front of the NEW big screen tv playing on either his xbox, or his Playstation 2, or his Game Cube, or any of the other systems he owned. He had them all. They pay $135 per month in cable costs and are RENTING bunkbeds for $100 per month. One of their utilities are shut off about every few weeks. He went out and bought a new $350 stereo for his car when his wife's car's air conditioning was broken. He was just juvenile and irresponsible. They had $5.00 in the bank.
Anyway, it was scary to watch. I was telling my husband about it and he jokingly asked if I saw myself in any of the couples. I did. I'm the first one...still shopping even when times get tough. It's recreation to me, but I am better. We have been broke in our lives, but we never lived like that. We definately had some character in our brokeness LOL. But it was a good reminder to keep going on the straight and narrow. Just thinking about that show gives me more determination.
Any other thoughts?