H Wrote: My husband and I have a life insurance policy that we took out 20 years ago. It is set to hit the 20 years and I have been told that the premiums that we currently pay will more than double if we want to continue having this coverage (face value $350,000.00 for my […]
Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen I love Carl Hiaasen’s books. Laugh aloud funny, they are a great holiday between two books that are a little heavier in tone. In this fun read, investigative reporter, Jack Tagger has been punished by being made to write obituaries for a South Florida daily because he insulted the new […]
Ed Connor, professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University is interested in whether we intuitively favor certain shapes over others and, if so, what that could mean for how we experience art. Connor joined forces with Gary Vikan, then the director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, to set up a two-part experiment to […]
Do you have kids? Have you chosen a guardian for your children just in case? When Alexandra was born, one of the toughest decisions her father and I had to make was deciding who would be her guardian if, heaven forbid, we shuffled off this mortal coil together. We weighed the pros and cons of […]
How do you define wisdom? Is it an ability to tie together knowledge with experience? Is it tolerant understanding and patience? Is it a willingness to accept that life is uncertain, but things will play out as they should over time? I’ve met a lot of smart people. I’ve seen intelligence shine in the eyes […]
R Wrote: My question is about bank account overdraft protection and the role they play on our credit. I have $500 overdraft protection on one chequing account and $500 overdraft protection on one savings account; my husband has $1,500 overdraft protection on one savings account. I maintain $1,500 minimum threshold balance in my chequing account […]
I love Ogden Nash. Born in 1902 in Rye, New York, he is descended from a general – Francis Nash – who gave his name to Nashville Tennessee. It’s fitting that Ogden Nash was born in Rye as is made clear in his poetry. A Lady Who Thinks she is 30 Unwillingly Miranda wakes, Feels […]
Did you know that sneezes sometimes erupt at 30-35 miles per hour and spray up to 15 feet away? That’s some serious power, right? Apparently, according to sneeze studies – yes, we even study sneezes – our expulsion is designed to reset our noses, much like a computer reboot. Whenever I choke on something I […]
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.