Money Rules: Rule Your Money, Or Your Money Will Rule You Paperback – Dec 18 2012
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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 MoneySense.ca. Visit her online at gailvazoxlade.com.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
The 'rules' are arranged in a perfect order that never leaves you feeling overwhelmed. With only one or two pages per rule, it's very easy to pick up where you left off (if, like me, you have to read it in small spurts).
I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to figure life out, wanting to live the best life possible and unsure where to start, or trying to get their personal finances just a little better organized.
A bonus is that it is written for Canadians and from that perspective is even more valuable as a resource and guide. In addition to well researched material, Gail Vaz Oxlade anchors her advice within a framework that easily relates to our daily lives and present and future financial health.
Most recent customer reviews
Eye opening. Purchased kindle version. Went to the thrift store and picked up two more Of Gail's books for 1/3rd of what I paid for this one- these rules do work!Published 5 months ago by Carlie
Very good book to drag you down to earth and start seeing your financial live from a different perspective. It is a lot of guidelines you could implement in your life. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jonatan Rojas
Everyone can learn from this book. You can jump in on any page and learn something. It is never too early or too late to learn about finances.Published 8 months ago by blackdog2
Love the book! I really like the information, but what to expect? It's Gail Vaz-Oxlade.
I'm have middle and advanced personal-finances knowledge, but this book gave me some... Read more