Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi is part sci-fi, part Hollywood farce. When Hollywood agent Tom Stein is recruited by aliens to help them create a peaceful first contact with humanity, he has to come up with a way to make the match work. The major problem isn’t that they’re aliens, it’s that they […]
I was having a chat with a fellow Brightonite, we’ll call her Sue, when the conversation turned to renovations and vacations. The year I chose to renovate my front yard, swapping grass for garden, Baby Girl and I took only a short trip to Montreal. She laughed and said, “I thought you would be able […]
Years of low interest rates has lulled a lot of people into thinking debt isn’t all that bad. But I’d like to point out a couple of things. First, most people don’t benefit for the low interest rates thrown around when the media talks about the bank of Canada rate. Sure, that puppy is sitting […]
When Alex was about 14 of 15 we had a conversation about faith. While she had not been raised in a religion – I’d had quite enough of that as a child – she acknowledged that she admired the faith some of her friends had. She didn’t necessarily agree with their belief system, but she […]
M Wrote: We have a great RRSP matching program at work. A coworker received this advice from her husband’s financial planner, and the rest of us were wondering about it. He suggests asking your employers to NOT deduct ANY income tax at all from your payroll for the entire year, and having them deposit the […]
“Spanaki” is spinach and “pita” is pie in Greek, so Spanakopita is spinach pie. I’ve had several variations but set out to reproduce as closely as possible the spanakopita I often buy at Athen’s Bakery on The Danforth. When I first saw recipes that included dill, I was put off and thought about making it […]
Sometimes I think maybe you get a little tired of hearing just my take on things. Here’s a guest post from Mike Leary, a retired business consultant who writes about personal finance, lifestyle, and career choices. Enjoy! Retirement. For some in this economy, that word may be synonymous with fantasy. But believe it or not, there […]
Have you seen the trend to little houses. All over the place people are celebrating 400-square foot homes. It’s a big drift from the McMansions of just five years ago. I live in a modest home. I call my home, “My Little House” and I love it for a whole bunch of reasons. Smaller means […]
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.