A few months ago I asked you who your personal finance guru was. In the article, I discussed four popular experts: Dave Ramsey, Suze Orman, David Bach and Clark Howard. Since that time I’ve noticed a new (to me) name that keeps coming up – Gail Vaz-Oxlade. I wasn’t as familiar with her as I am with the other four mentioned, but her straightforward approach to finances is helping her grow her American audience.
So who is Gail? She’s posted a little bit about herself on her information-rich website:
“I've written eleven books on personal finance, hundreds of articles for the financial media, published a financial magazine for women, hosted three prime-time television shows and worked with Canada’s leading financial services companies to help educate employees and clients.”
Gail’s show, "Til Debt Do Us Part," first appeared on Canadian-based Slice TV. Her show is now available on CNBC, airing on both Saturdays and Sundays. It was through one of these episodes that I was first introduced to Gail, and I admit I liked what I saw.
In just the past two months, I’ve started to see her mentioned more frequently on several of the personal finance blogs and message boards that I visit, and after spending some time on her website last night, I understand why.
The Gail Vaz-Oxlade website has a variety of articles, tools, tips, resources and more that are all available at no charge. In a recent blog post, Prepping for Baby, Gail helps expectant couples plan for the financial impact of a new baby and the pending maternity leave. Her advice is logical, easy to understand and she presents it in a way that is both familiar and friendly.
The articles section of the website is organized into categories including budgeting, life happens, students and a section dedicated to kids and money. You could literally spend hours reading through all of her articles.
As you can tell, I’m already a bit of a Gail Vaz-Oxlade fan. If you’re still looking for a personal finance guru that really speaks to you, check her out — she may be the one.