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When you think of Halloween, you probably think of credit card addictions, hefty student loans, Ponzi schemes, or pricey real estate.
Well, that’s what Dave’s team thinks of this time of year. We hear from people every day who are living through actual horror stories when it comes to their money. And they’re looking for a way out.
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To illustrate some of these conversations, we turned to Hollywood and dug up some money-related movies that will send shivers up your spine. Have you seen all six?
1. The Money Pit
If you’re in the market for house, watch this movie starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long. The happy couple thinks they are buying the house of their dreams—until it starts to fall apart. This tale more than demonstrates the value of a having a healthy emergency fund before you fork over that down payment.
2. The Queen of Versailles
With a fortune built around timeshares, the Siegels nearly went bust while building their lavish 90,000-square-foot Florida palace. This documentary follows Jackie, a privileged housewife and mother of eight, as her outrageously expensive world collapses around her. Wild spending equals a financial haunting. Making a zero-based budget every month can help prevent this destructive spending.
3. Ivory Tower
As student loan debt surpasses $1 trillion, college grads are becoming increasingly crippled by decades of loan repayments. This documentary asks if higher education is really worth the price. What’s more disturbing than a whole generation starting their lives in serious debt?
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4. Confessions of a Shopaholic
One woman has a frightening addiction to credit cards and clothes. A creepy debt collector stalks her at home and at work. She freezes all her credit cards in a big block of ice. And her life is a financial mess until she lands a good job and figures out how to sacrifice to get out of debt. Yikes!
5. Wall Street
Insider trading. Ruthless power. Commercialism. That’s all pretty frightening stuff. And in this 1980s flick starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen, you’ll get to see the horrors of greediness gone wild.
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6. Failure to Launch
What’s scarier than supporting your adult child well into his 30s? In this rom-com, Tripp’s parents want him to move out. So they hire a professional interventionist to “fall in love” with their son and encourage him to leave the nest. This light-hearted film says a lot about parents who won’t force their grown kids to grow up!
What are other scary movies about money you would add to the list? Tell us in the comments below.