Tag Archives: Gail Vaz Oxlade

Canadian Personal Finance Celebrity Series: Gail Vaz Oxlade

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Gail Vaz-Oxlade is a Canadian personal finance author, speaker, and TV host. She has published numerous books on budgeting, saving, and investing, and I’ve always been a fan of her no-nonsense approach to financial management. You can read more from Gail on her website, or purchase her books here. Below, she answer four questions I posed about millennials and money. Read on! 1. Most Millennials can’t afford to support themselves until their 30’s. What’s the biggest thing holding them back from independence?  It’s hard growing up with privilege and then coming to the realization that all that good stuff costs lots’n lotsa money. I remember the first time I pointed to a pile of fire wood (we had a country home and heated with wood) and said to to then 11-year old daughter, Alex, “How much?” She didn’t have a clue. I let her guess. And guess. And guess. Wowza… big […]

The Only Personal Finance Books You Need To Read In 2014

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This post is a little overdue because I’ve seen quite a few bloggers beat me to the punch when it comes to book suggestions for the New Year. Thankfully, I have some different picks than what you may have seen on other websites. Without further ado, here is my list: The Only Personal Finance Books You Need To Read In 2014 Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry by Helaine Olen This is a must-read for personal finance bloggers, because it’s important to understand your role in the machine. I grossly underestimated the personal finance industry and my part in it, making Pound Foolish a particularly interesting read as someone profiting from both sides of the equation. Moreover, it’s essential reading for the people that subscribe to personal finance products (and that includes personal finance blogs). Olen provides an insightful and critical look at the personal […]

My interview with financial guru Gail Vaz Oxlade on CBC The Current

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Happy All Saints Day! In the spirit of frugality, for Halloween I was Alice In Wonderland for the second year running. Now that the festivities have ended and I’m slowly coming out of a candy coma, I’m happy to kick of Financial Literacy Month! As the Canadian debt-to-income ratio hovers at 163% (that means we owe 63% more than we make!), it’s clear a good understanding of the ins & outs of money is sorely lacking. Canadians are making mistakes with their money because they just don’t know any better. Why is debt bad? How do I make a budget? Where do I put my savings? How do I get started investing in the stock market? How much do I need to save for retirement? These are questions everyone should know the answers to, but they’re not easy to find! But if you’re reading a personal finance blog like Money […]

Gail Vaz Oxlade at the University of Alberta in Edmonton

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Huge success! Money After Graduation hosted Canadian personal finance guru Gail Vaz Oxlade at the University of Alberta (my alma mater!) last night. I nearly threw up from nervousness, but thankfully held it together. At this point, I still can’t tell if her biggest compliment was naming my website a “valuable resource” or calling me a skinny b@#$%. I want to thank Mikhaila from Fistful o’ Dollars for being my right-hand-man in the planning and execution of this great show. She was an extraordinarily good speller and dutifully wrote each and every guest’s name on a post-it then stuck it to each book for Gail to sign. It was an assembly-line of Personal Finance magic. I managed to sneak Jim Yih from Retire Happy in at the last minute, but only because he’s a friend. I felt so cool rubbing shoulders with Canada’s Personal Finance bests! I want to thank my […]