Gail Vaz Oxlade: Never Too Late – Book Review

HarperCollins Canada released Gail’s newest book, Never Too Late in December 2010 and it was one both Papa Bird and I really wanted to get our hands on. We first learned about Gail Vaz Oxlade when she hosted her show titled ‘Till Debt Do Us Part’, a show for couples and families struggling to pay off debt and manage their finances better.

We both instantly fell in love with her ‘no nonsense’, straight forward attitude and her show helped us to realize that we needed to organize our finances. By implementing some easy tips and suggestions we learned on the show, we were able to pay off our $18,000 credit line and set up a savings for ourselves to help with some renovations we had coming up. We were able to do this in about a year and a half.

When I received this book for review, I knew my husband really wanted to read it. So I asked if he could give me a good review of the book, and he blew my socks off. Now I am finishing up on a book I am reading, and this one is next on my list and I can’t wait to dig in, especially after Papa Bird’s review.

So in my husband’s words:

Gail uses plain, down-to-earth language, even when explaining complex financial subjects, which makes this book not only informative, but fun to read. It’s a huge breath of fresh air for those of us, myself included, who get bored with the typical “mumbo jumbo” language used by many financial planners.

She starts with the financial basics — building budgets — and eases the reader into more complex subject matter, such as investing tactics. The reader is not only asked to absorb the information in the book, but to think and plan. Early on, Gail urges the reader to calculate household expenses. This information is used later in the book, when give Gail dishes out the investment advice.

The author has no sacred cows. She tells you exactly how she feels about “professional” retirement planners and financial advisors. The book is a real wake-up call for those who haven’t started saving for retirement. But it’s not all gloom and doom. Gail explains how one can build a decent retirement nest egg, even with modest means. As the title of the book suggests, it’s “never too late” to start your financial planning.

This is the same Gail Vax-Ozlade who hosts ‘Til Debt Do Us Part and Princess. If you’re familiar with those shows, you know she’s brutally honest. She brings that same attitude to this book. But she also makes financial planning make sense.  Picking up “Never Too Late” would be a wise investment.

This book is available on Amazon.ca for $15.87.

* I received a copy of this book for free to complete my review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine only and are in no way influenced by any outside factors.

Sheri Landry

Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.

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6 comments… add one
  • SophieMae Mar 21, 2011, 12:52 pm

    Definitely will look for this book! I love her show, TDDUP! (Though I do wince whenever she throws in a gratuitous curse word). I’ll check the library first, though, as one of the first rules of budget is ‘never buy what you can get free’. 8-]

    • Sheri Landry Sheri Mar 21, 2011, 2:12 pm

      Great idea to check the library first.

  • julia Mar 18, 2011, 7:54 pm

    i love her shows, didnt know she had a book… it sounds very helpful, i’ll put it on my list

    • Sheri Landry Sheri Mar 21, 2011, 2:14 pm

      She has actually written a couple of books – I think this might be her third one out, so check for all of them.

  • nadine Mar 18, 2011, 6:10 pm

    I will have to check out this book for sure – sounds great! I love her tough attitude on both tv shows – sounds like the book was similar. We can all use some tough love sometimes, especially when it comes to finances!

    • Sheri Landry Sheri Mar 21, 2011, 2:13 pm

      I agree, hearing the hard stuff is difficult some times, but it needs to be said and it needs to be listened to if we are ever going to get anywhere.

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