The Widlunds' Financial Struggles
She establishes some tough new rules for Marnie and Mark and their daughters, 17-year-old Victoria and 15-year-old Gracie.
- Stop paying for Victoria's car.
- Stop funding Friday night dinners with friends.
- Stop incurring overdraft fees.
- Stop eating out.
- Stop giving the girls an allowance.
- Stop Marnie's shopping at the craft store.
After Marnie and Mark destroy their debit cards, each family member receives cash for the week in an envelope. All spending must be documented on the back of the envelope.
So that Marnie and Mark can be aware of each other's purchases, Glinda takes them to the bank to set up a new banking system—now two signatures are required on every check and withdrawal. Marnie admits that the cash-only spending plan is going to be tough. "I have to keep stopping myself from thinking of ways to get around this," she says. "I am sneaky."