Til Debt Do Us Part Life Planner Review and Giveaway

Til Debt Do Us Part is a Canadian-based TV show (hosted by Gail Vaz-Oxlade) that takes couples with debt problems and gives them a push toward facing their financial realities.

I was given a copy of the similarly-named Til Debt Do U$ Part Life Planner to review and to give away to one lucky reader. The spiral-bound planner aims to help folks form good money management habits and get out of debt.

It combines a combination of weekly tips and suggestions with (often playful) monthly challenges and updates from show participants. Each week also includes a form you can fill out to track variable expenses (food, transportation, entertainment, clothing & gifts, and the “other” category) and check how you’re doing with that week’s budgeted cash. It doesn’t lock you in to a specific calendar, so you can start using it at any time. I think it would be helpful for folks who are just getting started with managing their money.

The giveaway

If you’d like a shot at the copy I received to review, just comment on this post with the answer to these two questions:

  • What’s your biggest money-related challenge?
  • And, if you had $5000 in debt and you paid it all off, how much debt would you have left? (Gotta include a math-based skill question per Canadian rules.)

And a rebate offer

Of course, if you’d like to buy your copy of the Til Debt Do U$ Part Life Planner, you can do so at any time on the Shop Frantic Films web site. The planner is $29.99 CDN + shipping & handling. MoneyCrush readers can get a $3 rebate by emailing the coupon below (along with your order number) to info@shopfranticfilms.com. Just save the image to your desktop and attach it to your email. (Offer is valid until January 1st, 2012.)

And now here’s the “fine print”: Giveaway ends at midnight Arizona time on December 19, 2011. Void in Quebec and also void where prohibited elsewhere. If you’re in my immediate family you already know you can’t enter. (Yes, Dad, you are immediate family.) The giveaway winner will be chosen by numbering the qualified entries and then using the True Random Number Generator to generate the number of the winning entry. If you win and don’t respond to my email or notice in the comments of this post that you’ve won within 7 days of the contest end, I’ll pick a new winner. Not responsible for late or misdirected entries. Also if you win, and you’re in Canada, you may need to pay tarifs or something at the border in order to receive the planner since I’ll be mailing it from the US– I don’t know what all is involved with that and you’ll need to accept responsibility for figuring that out if you want to accept the planner. I eat more popcorn in a week than most people eat in a month.



  • Katie McG

    1. My biggest money-related challenge is all the unplanned, small spending that I do through the course of a week that can add up to anywhere from $25-$40. That is money that could be much better used elsewhere, such as paying off my debts even more aggressively.

    2. If you had $5000 in debt, and you paid it all off, you would have $0 in debt.

  • Laura

    1. My biggest financial problem is lack of sufficient income, which stems from not being able to figure out what I want to do for a living.

    2. If you have $5k in debt it depends on what the interest rate is and when you made the payments. If you make a lump sum payment before interest accrues, you would not owe anything. But if you wait to make the payment, you would still owe the interest accrued.

  • Looove Gail Vaz-Oxlade!!

    1) My biggest money-related challenge is all of my leftover debt from my ridiculously non-fiscally-responsible 20s… and my continuing desire to buy new, cute things.

    2) $0!

  • 1) My biggest money-related challenge is discipline. It’s easy to say “Okay, we’re not eating out this week” but harder for me to do it! I cave on impulse purchases too, though I’ve been getting better about it (put 3 books back today that I didn’t really want to get, they were just on sale!).

    2) NOTHING! Which is how much debt I want.

  • My biggest challenge is dealing with my parents financial messes. Money problems can be really emotional and stressful when they’re within your family. -Sydney

  • Ehinbh

    1) Biggest challenge is competing bank accounts

    2) You would have $5000 debt still because there is a spelling error in the post and it states ‘of’ instead of ‘off’…

  • Mike

    Staying committed to my budget and debt payment


  • Penny

    1) My biggest money-related challenge today is the burden of past financial mistakes that are being dealt with now. I had very little knowledge about personal finance until recently.

    2) $0.00, with the exception of possible interest.

  • Marlene

    1) My biggest challange is keeping my bank account in the positive..its either feast or famine with me..

    2) $0

  • ib

    1. My biggest money challenge right now is to keep having and maintaining a balanced budget with decreasing income. We went from 2 good income with 2 kids, now we have 1 reduced income with 4 kids.

    2. I would assume $0, if you paid it off in one lump sum and there is no residual interest..

  • susan

    making it to payday before the money runs out

  • And the winner is Marlene :)