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J Wrote: I am 35 years old and recently left my job in BC for the same type of work in another province that pays more. I was contributing to a Pension through my employer, but it is not transferable to my new province. Therefore, I was told I could either take a cash payment […]

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I am a huge fan of broccoli and cheese soup. A huge fan. So when I saw someone making broccoli and cheese hand pies, well… I just had to put them together! I cut out the cream/butter usually used by opting for coconut milk. And I use extra old cheddar because I want a sharp […]

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This morning when I got up I set to cleaning up my email. I hate a crowded inbox. Makes me a little squirrelly!   I’m a mad freak for cleaning out my email. Either it goes in a file or it goes in the trash. I hate, hate having a long list of email to wade […]

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I work with a lot of people who have credit cards on which they are making only the minimum payment each month. Sure, they’re staying on the right side of their credit scores, but what they’re doing is dumb, Dumb, DUMB. Have you ever calculated what you’re forking out in interest when you pay only […]

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It’s human nature to believe, once we have made up our minds that “things have to change”, that the changes we want to see happen will proceed on a measurable schedule. We couldn’t be more wrong. Change, unlike the steps in building a bookcase or baking a cake, skitters and dashes, sometimes in leaps and […]

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L Wrote: My husband and I have been married for almost a year now and we are starting to discuss the possibility of starting a family. We have always been very prepared by making budgets for everything (for example we made a wedding budget and a budget for when we bought our house and compared […]

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Mrs Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish by Dorothy Gilman. I love Mrs. Pollifax, Spunky, intelligent and compassionate, she’s a perfect heroine. Never mind that she’s retired, she wants some excitement in her life and is thrilled when Mr. Carstairs of the CIA calls on her, once more, to be a courier. Mrs. Pollifax is on […]

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Banned Books  

January 13, 201521 Comments

Do you know the story Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss? Believe it or not, it was one of seven books that patrons have asked Toronto Public Library to remove from its collection over the past year. Hop on Pop is a children’s classic. It was written in 1963, but the patron says it should […]

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Gail's Tools

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.

   

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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