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Podcast 161: My Mother Was a Mail Order Bride

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Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Aloysa, founder of the personal finance website My Broken Coin about how her mother came to America by becoming a mail order bride. She talks about the decision to find an overseas husband, what the search process was like, the risks involved and how the decision turned out. Aloysa also talks about how she came to America and how the transition from the former Soviet Union affected her spending habits.

Consumerism Commentary Podcast
My Mother Was a Mail Order Bride: S07E05 / 187


Table of contents

[00:00] Introduction from Tom Dziubek
[00:38] Interview with Aloysa
[00:51] Life in Lithuania
[02:17] Becoming a mail order bride
[04:02] Risky business
[05:06] The costs involved
[06:59] The types of people who solicit mail order brides
[09:33] The dating process
[10:33] What could happen if a marriage doesn’t work
[11:32] Achieving American citizenship
[13:02] Aloysa’s mom finds her husband
[15:58] The husband’s first visit to Lithuania
[18:50] Their current marital status
[19:10] Aloysa comes to America
[20:07] Personal finances: going from communism to capitalism
[25:04] End

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Updated December 19, 2017 and originally published May 20, 2012.

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avatar 1 Anonymous

Aloysa, I’ve been pronouncing your name wrong in my head all this time!

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avatar 2 Anonymous

Me too! Al-oh-wish-uh is how I’d been saying it. I know that’s not your real name, though, so you’re not mad at me ;)

Your accent is so cute! I love this story. It was scary at first when I read about it, not knowing how it would end. Now that I know how sweet of an ending she has experienced, I’m able to enjoy it for what it is. Very interesting and you tell it well. I’m able to put myself back in another time, in another place, and picture it all.

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