K Wrote: I have a cousin who’s in need of some financial help. He is 19; living with his parents, doesn’t have a car, and is not attending any sort of college or university. Because of this, he has no debt, but at the same time he doesn’t really have any money saved up. He […]
Curry powder is actually a mixture of spices that delivers a whack of flavor. Typically cumin, cardamom, coriander, turmeric and dry mustard are the basic ingredients. Every region has it’s own version of curry, and the flavours can vary dramatically. West Indian goat curry is very different from the sweet red curry of Malaysia and […]
I love to laugh. Sometimes I’m criticized for my loud guffaws. But more often people tell me they love my laugh. They say it’s infectious. Remember that Mary Poppins song, “I love to laugh,” that’s could be my anthem. And I love to hear other people laughing. But whether we are giggling or cackling, it […]
Tonight on my radio show The Late Shift on www.NewsTalk1010.com, I’ll be doing a show on kids’ books. Tune in babies. Take full advantage of the company pension plan available at work. You’ve signed up, chosen your investment options, and put your retirement savings on auto pilot? No? So if your manager told you tomorrow […]
Tomorrow, I want you to count how many times you criticize yourself. Keep a pen and notepaper handy and mark down every time you say something critical of yourself in your head (or out loud). The next day look over your list and think about what that criticism did for you. If your critique made […]
J Wrote: I’m a huge fan and have been watching your shows and following your blog for quite some time now. But I’ve run into a situation that could really use your input. I just found out that a Canada Savings Bond I opened 10 years ago (when I was 16 as I’m now 26) […]
Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson made me laugh out loud in so many places. What a way with words he has. If you’re easily offended by sexual themes, skip this one. Ditto, if you’re uncomfortable with bad language. Ferguson, who is a Scottish comedian, gives us a tale of two childhood […]
Ever had an itch you just had to scratch. And scratch. And scratch. Remember when your mother said, “Don’t scratch, you’ll just make it worse.” Well scientists have finally solved the mystery of why once we start scratching we just can’t stop. You’ll never guess what the culprit is. Never. Serotonin. Yup, the very thing […]
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.