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Money Rules [Paperback]

Gail Vaz-oxlade
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Dec 6 2012

Gail likes to say that money isn't rocket science, it's discipline. But even she acknowledges that there are tricks to her trade and that making money decisions often feels more complicated than it should. So, where to start? With Gail's Money Rules, of course, her essential rules for making your money work for you.

Covering every topic under the financial sun--from TFSAs to taxes, borrowing to breaking bad habits, relationships to RRSPs--Gail tells readers that many of the rules they have been following might actually be working against their best interests. Some of her advice is, as she says, common sense (Rule #17: Needs Must Come Before Wants), some of it is surprising (Rule #222: Don't Borrow to Contribute to an RRSP), and some is even counterintuitive coming from Gail (Rule #261: Take Pleasure from Your Money). All of the rules are delivered in digestible pieces that each give the reader a clear sense of what works and what doesn't.

For money-phobes, this book will be a kick in the pants; for money-minders, it will ease the worry that there might be a financial tone they've left unturned; for everyone else, Gail's rules provide what it takes to build a strong financial foundation that will last a lifetime.

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About the Author

GAIL VAZ-OXLADE is the #1 bestselling author of Debt-Free Forever and Never Too Late. She is currently doling out her no-nonsense approach to finance as host of the television shows Princess and Til Debt Do Us Part, and is a columnist for Chatelaine and Visit her online at

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive, Easily Readable Call To Action May 22 2013
By Ian Robertson TOP 100 REVIEWER
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The facts of good money management don’t change for different groups of people; sound principles for one are sound principles for all. Further, we all succumb in one way or another to poor financial habits and decisions - and as unique as we each believe ourselves to be, there’s a burgeoning field of academic study called ‘behavioural finance’ that shows we really have a lot more in common than we think. The earlier we identify our foibles and manage our finances effectively, the better our chances of realizing our goals. It’s no wonder that whole sections of bookstores are filled with financial self-help books, with many aimed at a particular audience (retirees, soon-to-be retired, parents, grandparents, divorced, married, kids...), or focussed on a particular niche subject (RRSPs, RESPs, TFSAs, the Smith Manoeuvre, mutual funds, tax planning....)

While noted Canadian financial journalist, TV host, and author Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s previous efforts have been more narrowly focussed, her latest, Money Rules: Rule Your Money, Or Your Money Will Rule You, is aimed at a general audience. In fact, so well does it hit its mark that most of the niche-targeted books listed above could be removed from the shelves and replaced by this outstanding work.

Like the best coaches in sport, Vaz-Oxlade communicates the information clearly, gives an action plan, and then prods and cajoles readers to execute. If you are high school age or older, this book is for you. In fact, if you are within a couple of years either side of high school graduation, this is definitely the book for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Gail! Jan. 8 2013
By Carcar2
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First purchased this book on my iPhone but after reading it I realized I wanted a copy of it as well! Awesome easy read with tons of info. Gail is on top with this one!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very easy read, some great tips ("Rules") Dec 27 2012
Who doesn't love Gail? The brevity of each chapter is fantastic for the modern era of blogs and internet attention spans, while Gail's sharp no nonsense writing/wit fit this style very well. I found the tips to be very well done.

My only complaint would be that in a few instances I found her removing the personal from personal finance, and saying that some rules apply to "everyone" when they clearly don't (eg Not "everyone" needs a 6 month emergency fund sitting in a 100% liquid high interest savings account earning 1% interest after tax when inflation is at 2%+; most people do, but many do not). This over generalizing is a common problem in the personal finance world, and she's less guilty of it than most of them, so still 4 stars.

A great read for anyone interested in improving their finances.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars learned so much May 25 2013
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Gail sets out her rules in an easy to read format. I learned so much from this book, and I am excited to try some of her strategies. I would suggest this book to anyone who would like to better their finances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good information Jan. 23 2013
By Patty
I received this book as a gift. I am a big Gail fan, and have found useful material in all of her books. This latest book presents a lot of topics which most people (especially Canadians) can relate to, no matter their income or personal situation in life.

Long-time fans will feel a sense of déjà vu because some of the book's material has already been introduced on her blog and pod casts, however it's information that is worth preserving and makes for a good book. She has put effort into refining certain topics and writing them in a way that make them easier to digest. The chapter arrangement is random so if you take turns reading aloud with a friend, you can take time to stop and discuss ideas, then pick up the book later, without feeling like the flow of the book got interrupted.

What I enjoy about Gail's writing is that she does not shy away from plain truths, her topics range from basic steps to the more advanced, and she has a gift for explaining more complicated ideas (see umbrella analogy).

PS: the paper back edition has a nice embossed cover if you care about that sort of thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very straight forward! Nov. 7 2013
By Emi8ly
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Easy to read, and comprehend! For those people whose parents didn't teach them about money management: BUY THIS BOOK.... Then cut up your credit card and use a piece of it for a bookmark.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Money Rules Sept. 29 2013
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Lots of good advice so I like it. Did not give it 5 stars because I find her a little rude at times and there just isn't a need to be like that when giving advice to readers, after all if you are reading this book you are already trying to improve your money smarts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book July 6 2013
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I enjoy reading her book. she gets to the point and her recommendations and suggestions are great to control your money
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent great information
Published 11 days ago by Fiorella Chrusciel
4.0 out of 5 stars easy to follow
Clear, easy to follow.
Published 1 month ago by Colleen Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot to learn.
This is such an important book to have. Difficult to break bad habits. Gail makes it fun, even though it is hard work.
Published 2 months ago by Just Me
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless!
This book contains many priceless tips. A lot of common sense and a lot of new thoughts. A must read for everyone!
Published 3 months ago by Brenna Mackaay
4.0 out of 5 stars Gail where were you when I was 30!?!
Good book and the younger you read it the BETTER. Not only good financial advice which is Canadian specific but as sort of almost brutal down-to-earth approach to getting the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dennis Challinor
2.0 out of 5 stars OH GAIL, not again
Too Basic but an easy read but small paragraphs. If you have basic $$$ skills I would spend your money on something with more substance but if your a money moron this book would... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Derek Wenzel
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected.
This book is not an actual guide to saving,becoming debt free, retirement etc. It is just a bunch of rules and tips usually 1-3 page per rule/money tip. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pop_Punk_Poser
5.0 out of 5 stars A staple for every home.
Wish this book had been around when I graduated from high school, instead of coming around after I divorced. Divorced a money moron too! Read more
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