theycallmemom - This is a great program if you follow it the way it's designed you will lose weight. Taking short cuts slows you down. I lost my weight with MRC 4 years ago and kept it off for 4 years. I recently had a baby and really struggled with the emotional side of a few things....Anyway I am back on because I know this is the only thing that has worked for me---Not just the weight loss portion but the emotional support. Because we all know it's really not about the food it's typically the issues behind the food!!
I get not having the money but it's worth it in the long run--if you take short cuts it will take longer and essentially more $$$ though so be careful!!
Good luck on whatever you decide but remember the program is just a tool to help you lose if we don't change us eventually we go back to the same habits