Gail Vaz Oxlade Book Review!

April 27, 2012

Gail Vaz-Oxlade Debt Free Forever Book reviewGail Vaz Oxlade is the reason why I started this blog. I watched Princess and Till Debt do us Part religiously, and at times saw myself in the participants in the show.  I once even stayed up all night watching 2 seasons of Princess, so if you want to find someone to blame for this blog, it would be her.

I had the opportunity to read her book recently and I loved it, then again, I love anything from her. She reminds me of my aunt, tough, but fair, and willing to kick your ass if needed. The quest of being Debt Free Forever isn’t nearly as common as it should be. 1 in 10 Canadians will have trouble coming up with an funds for a 0 expense. Let’s face it, we, Canadians, have a debt problem, and we are not doing enough to get out of it.

Although Debt-Free Forever is geared towards those who have debt, it is great for everyone else, too, as it shows you how to budget, and stay DEBT FREE.  Gail’s no nonsense attitude long with common sense advice help shape a personalized plan for anyone reading the book. She sounds exactly like how she is on TV, which is refreshing as sometimes authors have a different “voice” in books. Her sense of humour and her attitude are both centre stage.

If you are seriously thinking about budgeting, learning how to keep track of your spending, getting out of debt and staying that than this book is for you. Even if you are almost debt free, and want to maintain that, I would recommend picking up a copy.I honestly want to give this as a wedding gift to friends. The sad reality is that we are so blessed to live where we do, and to have access to the type of credit that we do, that some people (myself included) forget to keep their head in the game and live within their means.

Ps. Do yourself a favour and watch her show!


Have you read this book yet? Thoughts?


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  • SB @ One Cent At A Time April 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Debt problem is everywhere not limited to Canada.

    • Marissa April 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Thats true.

  • ShortRoadTo April 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I live in the U.S. where getting into debt is now our favorite national pastime. I have not read that book. I frequent Barnes & Noble so I will check it out.

    • Marissa April 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Let me know what you think when you read it.

  • Jordann @ My Alternate Life April 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I love Gail! I’ve watched a lot of Till Debt do Us Part and I’m working on my second season of Prince$$. The next PF book I get will be one of hers. Thanks for the review!

    • Marissa April 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      I love her too!

  • Broke Professionals April 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I’ve heard good and bad things about Gail and her show; have never seen it myself, but I’m in the States, so I’m not sure if I’ve ever had the opportunity. Rest assured, you Canadians aren’t alone with the debt addiction – Americans have the same problem.

    • Marissa April 27, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Im sure you can find it online. And yeah, I know Americans are just as bad.

  • Shilpan April 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Debt is the single most silent killer — it kills more marriages than anything else. Someone with common sense like Gail is rare to find in this so uncommon world.

  • MyMoneyDesign April 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I have never heard of Gail Vaz Oxlade (perhaps because I’m not Canadian). But I like the message here. Before you can figure out investing, you have to get control of your spending and debt. Many people struggle with this and really need actionable advice that steer them in the right direction.

    • Marissa April 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      She is awesome. And yes, the message is a valuable one.

  • Kris @ BalancingMoneyandLife May 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I love Gail’s books too, and TDDUP actually got my husband interested in taking control of our debt (we’re still not there, but we’re working on it!). We still have her jars in our kitchen pantry!

    • Marissa May 3, 2012 at 4:36 am

      I watch her shows religiously. The jars are a great idea.