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Abraham Maslow is the granddaddy of everything motivational. The man had a strong belief in our need to rise above to be everything we can be. He said, “If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life.” […]

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From craft supplies to baking tins, dollar stores charge you a fraction of the cost of full retail. I love my local dollar store. If I need a gift bag, tissue paper, beach toys, or a million other things I don’t want to spend lotsnlotsa money on, I head there to see if they have […]

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Summer Reading  

August 27, 20141 Comment

Murder of a Bookstore Babe by Denise Swanson is another the in Skye Denison series. Skye is eagerly anticipating the opening of a new bookstore called Tales & Treats. But many of Scumble River’s most outspoken citizens don’t feel the same way. They want to shut down the owners before they even open – and […]

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I was self-employed when both of my children were born. Since I didn’t contribute to Unemployment Insurance, as it was called back then, I couldn’t claim maternity benefits. I was in the same boat as a lot of small-business owners and contract workers. The Feds decided to try and level the playing-field by offering self-employed […]

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Who doesn’t love a good sale? But when bargain hunting, coupon clipping, or mastering the deal becomes the objective, you and your budget are likely headed for big trouble. I can’t tell you the number of people who have said, “But it was such a deal!” Really? You spent the money you need to have […]

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In our culture we abhor failure. If you don’t get a high enough grade, you didn’t try hard enough. If you don’t have all the toys, you’re not working hard enough. And that mistake you made when you were prepping the presentation might get you fired. And yet… it is hard to know expertise without […]

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J Wrote: I watch your shows (Money Moron, Til Debt Do Us Part, and Prince$$) religiously. I have attempted to apply most of your tips and suggestions to my own life however, my boyfriend is an ostrich. I just had our daughter April 2nd, 2013. And I am at my wits end now about money […]

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I’m on-again-off-again on pineapples. The bromelain (which, incidentally, has meat tenderizing properties) makes my mouth feel fuzzy and my tongue tingle. So I don’t eat fresh pineapple too often. But I do love to cook with it. Discovered on the Caribbean island of Guadalupe, now they are grown in Hawaii, Thailand, the Philippines, Brazil and […]

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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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