For most married people, serious discussions about the future, living arrangements, travel goals and finances are typically had long before a couple walks down the aisle. But the Season 12 cast of Married at First Sight aren’t like most married people. Since each of the newlyweds only first meet at the altar, those types of important conversations don’t come until much later in the relationship.
And they almost always resort in frustration and tension.
Such will be the case for Briana and Vincent, who are finally ready to have the big money talk on the upcoming episode of the Lifetime reality series. Well, really it’s Briana who decides to start the discussion after having a meeting with MAFS relationship expert and counselor Dr. Pepper Schwartz.
In a Newsweek exclusive sneak peek of episode 13 (above), Briana, fresh from her sit-down with Dr. Pepper, greets Vincent with a swath of topics that she’s been nervous to talk to him about—the biggest and most important one being the matter of their finances.
“After talking to Dr. Pepper, I feel hesitant to talk to him about certain things. I’ve just never gone too in depth about each and every one of these topics, and sometimes I feel as if I can’t sway his opinions. So I really don’t know what to expect,” Briana says during a confessional.
At home with Vincent, Briana explains how her visit with Dr. Pepper went and the questions the MAFS expert suggested the couple discuss. “The first one I have on here, which we were talking a little bit about, is finances and how you view the value of a dollar?” Briana began.
“I think how we view money and view spending money is just a little bit different. I kind of look at my money and finances [like] I work really hard to make money, and so I want to enjoy the money that I’ve made. You know?” she continued.
A visibly uncomfortable Vincent responds by opening up on his views, which are completely opposite of Briana’s.
“I understand that. I don’t think I’m so interested in doing that anymore. I’ve had the fancy cars before, and I’ve done nice things,” Vincent admits. “I am looking at life differently now that I’m married, and I’m thinking about the future and I want to be more strategic with the way that I disperse money.”
Although Briana recognizes that Vincent is more interested in spending money more resourcefully for the sake of their future, she’s hoping that doesn’t mean she’ll have to make those “bigger changes” in regards to her spending as well.
“I don’t want to cut corners on being courted, because being courted and dating is in that entertainment budget. So I don’t want to just cut the entertainment budget where we’re being frugal to try save money,” Briana explains.
It’s a tense topic for the couple, but Vincent manages to lighten the mood by assuring Briana that being more mindful about spending money doesn’t mean that they’re “not going to do things.” But he does think that they both can “do a better job” about not spending unnecessarily.
Married at First Sight airs on Lifetime on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET.