I’m always surprised at the ways in which we are able to delude ourselves. We take a perfectly good idea, shave it, twist it, roll it around, and then we execute a not-such-a-great idea. Case in point: reward cards. In theory reward cards are great. You do shopping for stuff you’re gonna buy anyway and […]
Imagine the freedom of never having to worry about money. Some dopes think that means having so much of moolah that you could never spend it all. But bad money management has put many a Richy Rich in the poor house. Think of all the people who have blown inheritances, lottery winnings and great incomes. […]
Everything in life has a price. When we work, we pay for the income we get in the time we spend away from our family or from the other activities we love to do. When we stay home to care for our babies, we exchange money for the experience of being with our children so […]
There was a time when the names behind brands were synonymous with both quality and the rarified. Handmade is history. Instead, family-owned brands like Prada, Gucci and Burberry have been gobbled up by conglomerates that have created more visibility and brand-awareness all in the name of profit. When brands became mass-market products they made a […]
Who doesn’t love watermelon. Once upon a time were told that it was full of water and sugar and not much else. Turns out that was all wrong. Watermelon is full of goodness. Did you know that watermelon is related to cucumbers and squash and originated in the Kalahari desert? The Egyptians used to put […]
If we pull up to the train tracks and we idle for more than 20 seconds Alex yells at me to turn off my car. Don’t I know how much pollution idling costs? How about how much gas I’m wasting? Y’know what, she’s right. Idling for more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than is […]
It makes me hissy sometimes when I know that the information people are taking as “true” isn’t. Take, for example, the mythology surrounding interest rates in Canada. While the economist, journalists and the Bank of Canada seems to think that Canadians are living in a low-interest rate environment, those dudes should get with some real people to see […]
If you accept that money isn’t the be-all and end-all of how we measure success – and it’s not – then the next question that often pops to mind is what makes it possible for some people to become “more.” Over and over we hear stories of people who come from not-a-lot-of-money who manage to […]
Now, easier to find than ever, here are the tools you’ll need to take control of your money and your life… like the Interactive Budget Worksheet. Make sure you read Gail’s Guide to Building a Budget or my latest book, Debt-Free Forever, before using the Interactive Budget Worksheet so you know how to put it to good use.
And have a look under Favorite Blogs for what I’ve written on topics people most often ask questions about.
Hello! I'm Gail Vaz-Oxlade. I'm a mother, step-mother, grand-mama, friend, confessor, writer, TV host, money maven, teacher, artist, and ex-wife. I'm loud, large and laugh a lot. I'm passionate about learning, committed to sharing and hell-bent on getting people to take control of their money and their lives.
I've written 13 books on personal finance, hundreds of articles for the financial media, published a financial magazine for women, hosted three prime-time television shows and worked with Canada’s leading financial services companies to help educate employees and clients. (I've been busy, eh?)
My corporate projects have ranged from the design of a product knowledge and sales curriculum to cover every product sold through the branch network, to the writing of several consumer-oriented brochures, the development of web content, the on-camera hosting of consumer-oriented videos, and myriad public presentations. I can make the most complex financial topic accessible to everyone, even kids.
For those of you who have detected an accent, go ahead and guess! I immigrated to Canada in 1977, lived in The Big City for a long time and then moved to the country. I have dozens of houseplants, read or listen to about 150 books a year and I'm a fabulous cook. I’m learning to knit and dying to get a new puppy… but the time’s not quite right yet so I’m practicing what I preach and being patient.
I’m all about change, and I believe that we can have anything we want in life…anything. It’s all a matter of what’s important to us and how hard we’re prepared to bust our butts. I also believe that a well-balanced life is one of the keys to happiness, and so I strive to achieve a sense of balance.
I’m happy with my life. I am determined to do interesting work and to be useful. I love to learn new things. And I’m practicing living in The Now. I am a work in progress.