Synopsis of March 7 Dr. Phil Episode
And look ... Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Tyagi (formerly of Two-Income Trap fame) have a new book out. This one's entitled All Your Worth. Can't believe I let its release slip by me. For anyone interested, there's an excerpt available. (Yeah, I'll be buying it.) And this page has a chart which shows what is apparently the underlying premise of the book: The Balanced Money Formula. Spend 50 percent on "Must-Haves," 30 percent on "Wants," and 20 percent into "Savings."
Revolutionary? Uhh . . ..
But back to the daytime TV show at hand. Please allow me to state unequivocally that the amount of tangible, useful financial advice from these Dr. Phil episodes is about the same as you'd get from reading a Big League Chew pouch wrapper. Expectedly so, right? But man, these shows are great for (1) examples of How to Half-Ass Edit a TV Show, and (2) belly laughs:
...Brian and Maria just spent $80,000 on a timeshare in Maui, and until recently he was driving a Mercedes and she had a BMW. They were relying on their home equity to pay for the finer things in life, and now they're nearly $400,000 in debt.
And this gem:
...Trent doesn't see a problem. "If I'm making 95 percent of the money, fighting over a pack of cigarettes and a bag of potato chips is ridiculous. That irritates me," he says. "If I'm busting my butt working 80 hours a week, the least she can do is pay the bills," Trent says.
Now that is comedy.
But I'm sure that everyone watching the show — including its always-entralled TV audience — now knows enough to put the glossy shine back on their own finances.