Host, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, each week visits a couple who are in debt and having relationship troubles. The participants are given weekly challenges, some of which are to help bring the finances and debt under control, with the others meant to help the couple's relationship. At the end of three weeks, Vaz-Oxlade gives the couple a cheque for an amount up to $5,000, depending on how well they did during the challenges.
Jared and Christina have a traditional marriage, and Jared's in charge of the money. But he's dug the family into a hole and now he needs his wife's help to get out of it. Gail tells it to them straight - Christina's been a mushroom princess, living in the dark and feeding of the crap Jared tells her. It's time for Christina to take the reigns, if Jared can let go.
A hardworking couple cannot manage to reduce their outstanding debt.
A married couple contend with rising debt and looming home repairs.
Headstrong grandparents stand to lose their retirement savings.
Gail suggests changes for a newlywed couple struggling with debt and a new mortgage.
A married couple avoid discussing money matters.
A married couple are overwhelmed by three years of rapidly increasing expenses.
A 35-year-old single mother acts like a spoiled teen in matters of money.
High-school sweethearts struggle with marriage and money management.
Mounting debts and unpaid taxes shake up a couple's marriage.
Family finances dwindle as a stay-at-home mother shops and spends.