Author Archives: Gail Vaz-Oxlade

About Gail Vaz-Oxlade

Gail Vaz-Oxlade is the Gemini-award winning host of Til Debt Do U$ Part, Prince$ and Money Moron. She hosts The Monday Night Late Shift on NewsTalk1010 where she talks about life, the universe & everything. Gail blogs daily at gailvazoxlade.com and contributes to moneyproblems.ca. Gail is determined to eliminate financial illiteracy in Canada, and encourages people to join MyMoneyMyChoices.com to raise their Money IQ. Her books include: Debt-Free Forever, Easy Money, Never Too Late, Money-Smart Kids, It’s Your Money, Money Rules and Saving for School. You can also follow her on twitter @GailVazOxlade.

Who doesn’t love  good sale? But when bargain hunting, coupon clipping, or shopping as a hobby becomes the objective, you and your budget are likely headed for big trouble. Have you heard yourself say, “But it was such a good deal!”? Hmm. If you’re spending money on credit that you’re… Read more

Ever made a decision and then wanted to kick yourself in the butt? You’re in good company. It seems that when it comes to making decisions, we only look like we’ve thought it through. So much depends on our “cognitive biases”: the short-cuts we take to help us make decisions… Read more

People equate financial freedom with being rich. What exactly is “rich” anyway? Ask a dozen people how much money they’d need to feel rich, and you’ll get a dozen different answers. Give them some money, ask them again, and watch the bar for “rich” rise. If, like me, you define… Read more

I’m a big believer in budgets. I’ve had one since I was about 20 years old. It’s changed a lot over time, but I’ve always had the guide firmly in place so I know what I’m going to do with my money. And so I know where I can “steal”… Read more

Being good with money isn’t just about making lots and lots of it. It’s about learning what to do when you get your sticky paws on it. There are heaps of people making big money who don’t have two red cents to rub together. Driven by emotion or determined to… Read more

We often make the most common money mistakes.  None of these bad choices from Gail Vaz-Oxlade should be a surprise to you, but if they are, it’s time to do something better. As Gail says, don’t be a money moron. You’re procrastinating on making a will. More than half of… Read more

I have a young friend who is thinking about going back to school. He called me up to ask me if it would be a good idea. I think he expected me to rubber-stamp his decision because, as he put it, “it’s good debt, right?” Maybe. Maybe not. Student Loans… Read more

One of the mistakes some people make when they’re talking about debt is that they focus on moving away from something. But among those that know what really motivates us is the theory that it is easier to move towards a goal. Imagine you’re a circle sitting in the middle… Read more

I hate overdraft protection. Hate it with a purple passion. Why? Well, in principal it’s a good tool to have when you’re in transition. When your life is in turmoil, it’s nice to have a safety net to protect your credit history. But IN PRACTICE most banks let you treat… Read more

There’s no one right way to handle money in a remarriage. But since you can’t escape responsibility for your partner’s decisions, you better talk about it. Some couples maintain separate savings and chequing accounts, paying for their own personal and children’s expenses and sharing the costs of running the household…. Read more