Don't Do as They Do: The Worst Onscreen Financial Role Models

From Real Housewives star Teresa Giudice to Carrie Bradshaw, these spendthrifts need a serious money-management course (15 Photos)

Kim Potts on Aug 30, 2010 at 4:11PM

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Don't Do as They Do: The Worst Onscreen Financial Role Models

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Lelaina Pierce (Winona Ryder)
'Reality Bites'

When college graduate Lelaina lost her job as a production assistant on a local TV show, her bills piled up, and her solution involved the gas credit card her dad had given her for emergencies. Lelaina not only used the card to buy snacks, but she also concocted a scam. She'd approach her fellow customers at the gas station, tell them a sob story and offer to pay for their purchases with her card if they'd give her the same amount in cash. That insured her rent was paid, but at quite a high interest rate. Of course, that wasn't Lelaina's problem, since her dad was footing the bill ...

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