Princess Sarah D. is a doe-eyed 23 year old who spends money with lavish abandon on clothing, accessories and spa trips, all in the name of beauty. Unfortunately for everyone around her – especially her boyfriend and younger sister Sam – Sarah’s paltry income isn’t enough to support her lifestyle. Sarah’s requests for cash handouts are now demands, making her spending problem clear to everyone around her. But Sarah’s obsession with materialism blinds her to the fact that all the manicures and handbags in the world won’t get her what she really craves: confidence and self-worth.
Enter financial guru Gail Vaz-Oxlade, who challenges Sarah to explore a deeper, more independent side of herself. As Sarah works her way through Gail’s challenges, the question remains: is she capable of standing on her own two feet, instead of acting like a child to get what she wants from those around her?
At 25 years old, Princess Rachel should be well on her way to financial autonomy. Instead, this petulant Princess lives at home with her parents, and is still completely dependent on them to fund her self-proclaimed shopping addiction. Rachel works only sporadically, but still spends more than 100% of her income each month on “wants” like clothing and jewellery, leaving it to Mommy and Daddy dearest to pick up the tab on her "needs." Despite their generosity, Rachel’s sense of entitlement is almost breathtaking, as she blithely suggests they sell their house and move into a smaller one so they can buy her a place of her own.
It’s obvious to host Gail Vaz-Oxlade that Rachel has the capability to become an independent woman, but her biggest handicap is her helicopter parents. Will Rachel be able to succeed at Gail’s challenges, or will her parents fight to keep their very own Rapunzel comfortable in their cushy castle?
Princess Catyanna is a 23 year old marketing student whose favourite brand is – herself! Her larger-than-life personality is matched in size only by her sense of entitlement, and her family and friends are rapidly reaching the bottom of their wallets when it comes to this pampered Princess. Now that she’s maxed out her $5,000 student line of credit on virtually everything but tuition and books, Catyanna has no idea how she’ll be able to return to school come fall. Worse still, a texting-while-driving accident has her drowning in legal fees but she hasn’t slowed down her social schedule one bit.
Catyanna’s parents have had enough of their daughter’s oblivious attitude toward money. It’s up to financial expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade to teach this Princess to take responsibility for her life, right her past wrongs, and start owning up to her debt before it’s too late.
As the baby of a family of six kids, Princess Jennifer is used to being indulged by every member of her family. Now, although she works full time and earns a decent living, Jennifer is spending her entire paycheque and more on herself. She’s slowly sinking into debt and her dreams of working in the cosmetics industry is slowly slipping away. It’s up to Gail Vaz-Oxlade to intervene in this dysfunctional family dynamic and challenge Jennifer to prove to her family – and to herself – that she has what it takes to be in control of her money and her life.
Princess Rachel loves living the fast life – a sweet downtown apartment, lots of friends to party with every night and a job that doesn’t require much effort. But Rachel’s spending is spiralling out of control. She’s racked up $40,000 in debt and she’s looking for the easy way out. Financial expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade schools Rachel in the price she’s going to have to pay for her financial carelessness, but whether she can make an impact on this imperious Princess is another matter.
Princess Kim is so obsessed with her image that she has no qualms spending thousands of dollars – other people’s dollars – to keep her skin tanned, lips plump, and hair coiffed each month. At 26, Kim has already undergone several invasive plastic surgeries, and hopes to go under the knife again in the near future. A full time student, Kim has changed her career path ten times, squandering every last cent in the process. With no direction, a fragmented education and a barely $14,000 yearly income, Kim depends completely on her adoring boyfriend and fed up mother to fund her luxurious lifestyle.
Princess Kim needs desperately to learn to stand on her own two feet before she loses the people she cares about most for good. Host Gail Vaz-Oxlade strips away the fancy feathers in an effort to help this shallow Princess stop obsessing about her looks, and start to take control of her future.
Princess Sarah N.
20 year old Princess Sarah is a university student who takes from everyone around her. Sarah’s parents finance her excessive lifestyle, shelling out almost $35,000 a year to keep their Princess primped and preened to her liking. She’s got big dreams of becoming a fashion journalist after graduation, but so far all she’s done is a lot of expensive research. Sarah has crammed her closets full of expensive brand name items, all on her parents’ dime. And while Sarah’s parents are her benefactors, her roommates are her maids: since she refuses to pitch in around the house, Sarah’s roommates consistently find themselves cleaning up her messes, and have begun seriously considering kicking Sarah out as a result.
Despite their generosity, Sarah has no problem giving her family and friends the cold shoulder when she doesn’t get what she wants from them. With her roommates ready to give her the boot, it’s time for Sarah to start pulling her own weight around the house and learn to live with less. Can host Gail Vaz-Oxlade teach this spoiled Princess to stand on her own two feet?
Media professional and student Kirsten was pleased as punch to visit the spa four, five, six times a month to get her nails done, muscles massaged and hair styled, all before going home to a boyfriend she adored. Sadly, this all came crashing down when Kirsten lost her job and her boyfriend, who could no longer handle the prospect of supporting her $5,000 a month personal pampering habit. Now armed with a six month severance package and a serious lack of direction, Kirsten’s determined to burn through her dwindling funds without a thought to the future.
Host and financial expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade knows that in order for Kirsten to regain her sense of self, she’ll have to grow up and start giving back to those around her, while learning to take responsibility for her life. Will Gail be able to pull this down-on-her-luck Princess out of the rut she’s dug herself into?
At 25, Princess Nina earns more than her parents do. She still lives at home, but she doesn’t lift a finger to help around the house, pay rent or provide groceries. She has her sights set on Ivy League law school, but there’s the small matter of her first student loan which she’s never bothered to pay back. Now her debt’s in collections, and Nina’s future is going nowhere until she starts taking the lessons from financial expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade seriously.
Image obsessed Diana spends tons of money trying to impress strangers. Even at 25 years of age she feels that as long as she is under her parent’s roof, it is their responsibility to take care of her and that it’s her boyfriend, Tino’s, responsibility to make sure she has everything she wants to make her happy. Host Gail Vaz-Oxlade must show this material girl that there’s more to life than big houses and diamond rings – and her future with Tino depends on it.
Princess Ariana is used to getting her own way, and her selfish habit of putting her own needs before those of her friends and family has isolated everyone around her. At just 20 years old, she’s already traveled the globe on her mother’s dime and squandered every cent that her parents had put aside for her siblings’ education. But, in true Princess style, Ariana commits the same indiscretions time and time again, using her parents’ money to fund a lavish lifestyle she could never maintain on her own. After her latest transgression, an “accidental” online purchase of more than $1,000, Ariana’s parents are ready to cut the cord.
The first order of business for host Gail Vaz-Oxlade will be to adjust the attitude of this serial spender. But Ariana will have to work hard to convince Gail that she really wants to change… because she doesn’t seem convinced herself. Will Gail’s tough-love approach be enough to bring this haughty Princess back from the dark side?
Princess Corrinne is a party girl with decadent taste. Designer shoes on her feet, high end handbags on her arm and gourmet food in her stomach keep this 32 year old Customer Service Supervisor purring. Corrinne’s three year old daughter is a miniature Princess-in-training who can recite designer brand names. But behind this privileged façade is a not-so-glamorous reality. Corrinne routinely stops payment on her bills to get her hair done, and has left her mother carless, broke and heartbroken in the wake of her self-centeredness. Worse still, her unpaid condo fees might leave Corrinne and her family homeless if their condo corporation follows through on their threat to foreclose.
Corrinne’s family is financially and emotionally tapped out, and her partner Rohan is on the verge of giving up on her for good. If Corrinne doesn’t change her selfish behaviour and start acting on host Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s advice, this extravagant Princess’ world will come crashing down around her Prada-clad feet.
If Princess Michelle was able to finish her law degree, she might one day be able to rely on her credentials, and not just her credit, to get what she wants out of life. Behind the glitter of a privileged life, Michelle’s finances are a sobering sight. Her collection of designer clothing, shoes, accessories and her $80,000 vehicle – a gift from her parents – belies her meagre part time income and the almost $40,000 in debt that keeps her from moving forward with her goals. Michelle’s frustrated family has had enough; everyone agrees that it’s time for Michelle to grow up.
Enter Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Financial Expert and host. Gail challenges Michelle to get a job and work toward self-sufficiency, a task she’s never before had to face from the comfort of her parents’ home. Will Gail convince Michelle to define herself by the woman she is on the inside, rather than the brands she sports on the outside?
Princess Ashley B.
25 year old Ashley’s long-cultivated sense of entitlement means her motto in life is: “I want it, I get it.” This self-proclaimed “it girl” defines her life, her relationships and even herself by the things she buys. Her new husband - and his family - are fed up with her selfish behavior and they’re ready to cut her off. And when Gail Vaz-Oxlade reveals that this Princess is almost $40,000 in debt, the stakes couldn’t be higher. But with so much debt, unless this petulant Princess changes her attitude, and fast, there won’t be a happy ending.
Princess Nicole has her mother, her best friend and her girlfriend footing the bills for the basics, leaving Nicole free to spend her salary – and more – on daily impulse shopping sprees. But even the support of these three sugar mamas isn’t enough to stop Nicole from racking up debt. Now she’s on the verge of ruining those relationships. Unless Gail Vaz-Oxlade can get Nicole to recognize the importance of people over stuff, there won’t be a happily ever after for this Princess.
At 21, Princess Heather is the baby of the family – and she plays that role to the hilt! She lives at home, and has racked up thousands in student loans after abandoning one course of study for another. Her parents and two older sisters have always indulged Heather, but as both sisters plan their weddings, things have come to a head. Heather’s turned into a bridesmaidzilla, refusing to live up to her financial commitments and expecting to dictate key details like the colour theme. Can Gail Vaz-Oxlade show Heather that it’s time to grow up and take responsibility for her own happiness and future?
Princess Spencer has expensive taste and doesn’t think twice about dropping thousands of dollars on designer clothes, jewelry and his beloved car. It all adds up - and he’s spending almost 50% more than what he earns to fund his flashy lifestyle. The source of his cashflow? Credit cards, borrowing from friends, and tapping the ladies in his life: his Mom, girlfriend, even Nana! Host Gail Vaz-Oxlade needs to hit Spencer with some tough love, if he has any hope of working on his credit rating, plans for the future, or on the relationships with the women in his life.
26 year old Jennifer has a fledgling career at a money management company, but in her personal life, she specializes in financial mismanagement. Since her diagnosis with a long-term illness, Jennifer has used retail therapy as her primary medication, taking her mind off of her troubles by spending more than 60% of her income on clothes, restaurants and entertainment. Can Gail Vaz-Oxlade show Jennifer that being financially and physically healthy takes hard work and sacrifice, before this pampered Princess self-medicates herself all the way to bankruptcy?
Princess Lasia just had her 30th birthday, and so far, her life hasn’t turned out the way she wanted. She’s making less money than ever, and finds herself begging her parents to pay her bills. She’s racked up so much debt she can’t imagine how she’ll ever move out of her grandparents’ home. She’s stuck! Enter financial expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade who challenges Lasia to re-think her approach to finances and fun.
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Princess Krista is a self-confessed “drama queen” and “shopaholic”. Husband Ryan agrees. In their 14 years together, she and Ryan have separated three times over Krista’s spending problems. Recently she left her husband because she couldn’t bring herself to tell him that she’d once again racked up their credit cards and line of credit. They temporarily reconciled after she finally came clean, but the couple is $60,000 in the hole.
Krista hides her fears with her outrageous behaviour and her over-the-top wardrobe, makeup and hair. But her marriage is on the rocks and Ryan can’t tolerate one more financial secret. If Krista doesn’t take Gail’s advice to heart, and begin to change her self-centered behaviour, this indulgent Princess’ fairytale is bound to have a very unhappy ending.