When my daughter, Alex, was born, I set about looking for Mary Poppins. I knew I wanted to have a nanny care for her because a) I worked from home and wanted to be able to see her whenever I didn’t have my nose to the grindstone and b) I was raised with a nanny […]
Life is busy. We’re rushing from one place to another, trying to get everything we’ve committed to done. Even as we are working on crossing one thing off our To Do List, we’re thinking about all the other things we will be adding. It’s exhausting. Worse still, it totally saps our ability to think. People […]
When my girlfriend, Connie, came complaining to me about not having had a raise in two years, I suggested she ask for one. Seems simple enough doesn’t it? Con got her raise and was then faced with a whole new set of challenges: More tax. More cash flow. More guilt about not having established a […]
While I was in Toronto doing media I was to meet up in a little coffee shop up with some folks for an interview. I was early and decided to have breakie. I’m not fond of the traditional breakfast foods so I asked for their chicken and spinach Panini with my Earl Grey Tea. Man, […]
It’s a very exciting time, closing your first home. I remember quivering like Jello when I had to sign the papers for my first solo house purchase. Young and naive, I thought I had dotted all the I’s and crossed all the T’s, but I still had some surprises in store. Perhaps it’s because downpayments […]
Have you thought about what you’ll do when the time comes for your mom and dad to need extra help? It’s not something most of us think about. Used to parents who have been vital, who have been the ones doing the guarding, many of us are ill prepared for the years when our parents […]
I hate “guilt”… you know, that feeling you get when someone wants you to feel bad about something, or when you think you’re disappointing someone you love. When I was growing up, my mother was a master of guilting. Perhaps it was her religious upbringing that made her so adept at wielding the Sword of […]
K Wrote: We cannot agree on life insurance. I believe we should have term and he believes we should have whole. We have no emergency fund… 4 children ranging from 21-4…we have 55 k in debt. I’m a stay at home mom…trying to launch a professional organizing business and my husband is a probation officer […]
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.