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“If in the last few years you hadn’t discarded a major opinion or acquired a new one, check your pulse. You may be dead.”  Gelett Burgess I love quotes. I love the way smart people find a really pithy way of expressing an idea. This quote is one of my favorites. I particularly like this one […]

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T Wrote: My daughter is 18 and just finished her first year of university. She is a “Gail” fan and definitely not a Prince$$! She is living at home for school but will be away, in Northern Quebec for most of the summer. We live in Southwestern Ontario. I feel like she should have a […]

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This recipe came about because I found a recipe for chicken roasted with fig/balsamic glaze, but couldn’t find any fig compote where I live. So I made it. And I discovered a condiment so versatile I couldn’t believe I’d lived without it for so long. Having never been a fan of fig cookies or bars, […]

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There was a big sale on eggs at my supermarket last week and so I bought two boxes, which totaled three-dozen eggs, and then told the kids to eat ‘em up! Once upon a time we were told that too many eggs was a bad thing. As with so many other food warnings we were […]

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Are You Stuck?

April 20, 20156 Comments

From time to time I meet folks who are determined that they can’t change their financial circumstances. Take Anna. She’s got a job that pays her about $12 an hour, a $15,000 student loan and a couple of credit cards with balances. She can’t see any way out of her current circumstances. Anna is one […]

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I consider myself a positive person. And 98% of the time I’m content. But from time to time I wake up on the wrong side of the bed. The air’s too cold or too hot. The kids are too lazy or too busy. The work is boring or too much. It doesn’t matter what my […]

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D Wrote: I have searched your archives and have not been able to find anything related to my inquiry. My wife and l are retired and still under 65. We have a net worth combined of somewhere near 2 mil. With no debt and are by no means “wealthy”. Just a hard working frugal couple […]

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty is a series of stories all running in parallel and intertwining delightfully. If you had a deep, dark secret, would you put it in a letter to your love in the event of your death? (I would not. That sucker dies with me.) Well, that’s exactly what Cecilia’s husband […]

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Gail Vaz-Oxlade

Gail Vaz-OxladeHello! 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.

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