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Life is busy. It seems like we’ve only just got one thing taken care of when another leaps to the top of the pile. From crap at work to bills that arrive when there’s not enough money to pay them, there always seems to be something to worry about. We make matters worse by sleeping […]

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S Wrote: My husband and I just won a lotto of $340 000, paid off our line of credit $89,000 and have a mortgage of $121,000. We would like to max our TFSA, and pay off our mortgage, however our financial advisor at the bank wants us to use our line of credit of $100,000 […]

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To call this a salad is a bit of a misnomer because, well, it just isn’t when you’re eating it! Basa is a type of catfish that’s native to Indochina. Sometimes called “swai” or “bocourti” and is perfect for pan-frying. Farmed basa is a low-fat source of protein that is VERY budget friendly. That’s partly […]

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Quit Smoking

February 2, 20165 Comments

Are you still trying to quit smoking?  I used to be a two-pack a day girl way back when. I think it was one of reasons I was so damn skinny. Each time I got pregnant, I’d quit smoking. My body wouldn’t let me smoke because…well… it wasn’t good for me or the baby. And […]

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I am getting quite a few letters from people who are concerned about their parents or other aging relatives. More and more adult children must get involved in their parents’ financial affairs. This letter is typical and it makes me sad because I’m sure these ‘children’ are beside themselves. Dear Gail. We don’t know what to […]

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Toxic Friends  

January 29, 201612 Comments

My daughter and I both have a low tolerance for toxic people. We have friends who have chosen to keep toxic people in their lives, and neither of us really get it. We figure there must be something we’re missing since so many people seem willing to be pushed around by bullies or disdained by […]

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F Wrote: I read your article about “how much down?” and I was sad to see your “tips” to save up and avoid pesky – and costly – mortgage insurance. I have no assets, investments or insurance policies on anything, my tax return is about $3-400 a year, my family firmly believes “we saved for […]

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Alex and I were down in Niagara-on-the-Lake taking in the smell of fruit growing and a few shows last summer. We had dinner at a nice little restaurant that served us roasted red pepper soup with a dollop of lime sobet in the middle. It was delicious. Then last fall Alex was heading home for […]

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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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