She wasn’t all dolled up in Mexico. He knew what he was getting looks wise as did she. Let’s be honest... he was looking for sex and she wanted to get to the US. My guess is they fucked more than they talked and each heard what they wanted to hear, dismissing any warning bells. She, like many on these shows, had and I think still has, a misguided idea of what life in the USA is like for the middle class. It’s not cheap, most wives (those who don’t work outside the home) don’t just put their hand out and ask/demand 240 bucks for a haircut. Most couples or singles budget their money. Aside from Colts other behaviors, I don’t think it’s unusual for a new couple to have difficulty adjusting to how to manage finances. Each person should have some money that is theirs to spend as they please without explanation. When Colt agreed to 200 bucks a month I thought that was reasonable. (If all other expenses in the house are paid and that is her money alone)
I wouldn’t hand a credit card over to someone (in this K1 situation) and give them free access to buy things. You need to sit and go over what money is coming in and what expenses go out and discuss purchases. Larissa seemed to feel entitled to have what she wanted when she wanted it and without any idea how it was going to get paid for. Having a third party involved with finances is tough. Colt and Debbie should have discussed dividing up expenses between them with Colt taking 2/3 and Debbie 1/3.
With these two there are a lot of other factors at play. I think it was doomed from the start even if Debbie wasn’t a factor.
I also think the whole TV show aspect of this became a big part of it. Clearly Larissa, and Colt (to a lesser degree) got caught up in the whole on line world of forums, fans and haters, seeing their name in online blogs and thinking they’re some type of celebrity.