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Avoiding probate has become a national pastime in Canada. Everywhere you look there’s advice on how to ensure you pay the very least in probate fees when passing on your estate. Now, there’s nothing wrong with arranging your estate intelligently so that your beneficiaries get theirs. But some people… well, they’ll just do anything to […]

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An economist at the TD Bank is hoping that our savings rate in Canada will reach a high of 6% by the end of 2016. According to a 2014 BMO “savings report”, we plan to save an average of $9,635 in 2014, with the majority using a chequing account (66% of us) or RRSP (55% […]

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Collecting Shells

November 21, 20146 Comments

The Seasonal Celebration Contest (see Monday’s blog) closes TONIGHT at midnight. Send entries to getgvo@gmail.com with “holiday plan” in the subject line. I remember going to the beach and collecting shells when I was young. As a child I thought I could collect them all. As I grew I learned that you can’t possibly gather all the goodness […]

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The Seasonal Celebration Contest (see Monday’s blog) closes tomorrow at midnight . Send entries to getgvo@gmail.com with “holiday plan” in the subject line.   L Wrote: I am 47 single with two foster boys and have no retirement fund. I am working 2 jobs and currently rent. I have managed to save a nice little amount which […]

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Scrambled Eggs

November 19, 201410 Comments

The Seasonal Celebration Contest (see Monday’s blog) closes at midnight on Friday, November 21. Send entries to getgvo@gmail.com with “holiday plan” in the subject line. Once upon a time we were told that too many eggs were a bad thing. Turns out that was wrong. A single large boiled egg contains the follow of the recommended daily […]

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The Seasonal Celebration Contest (see Monday’s blog) closes at midnight on Friday, November 21. Send entries to getgvo@gmail.com with “holiday plan” in the subject line. Estate planning isn’t one of those things that pops to mind when you’re picking out flowers, hiring a photographer and deciding on a menu. But if you’re getting married, you had better […]

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The holidays are almost upon us and, no doubt, you’re looking for ways to make the season cheerful without blowing your budget. Nobody relishes the idea of a holiday hangover: credit card bills in January for all the seasonal celebrations in December. So how do you do it? What’s your holiday plan this year? How […]

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Stare Fear Down

November 14, 201414 Comments

Loads of people are afraid of loads of things. If you think you’re alone, let me reassure you that you are not. Most of my life I was afraid of rejection, afraid of not measuring up, afraid of how I’d make it through (whatever). What I learned is that every time you stare fear down, […]

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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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