Debt-free Forever

Debt-free Forever

Take Control of your Money and your Life

Book - 2009
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Gail Vaz-Oxlade's brand of money management isn't full of tricks. There's no hidden agenda. There's no mystery. As Gail says, "Money isn't rocket science -- it's discipline." Gail has made it her life's mission to make money management something everyone can do. And she won't take no for an answer. Hers is a style that's unique, with a voice that is demanding, and an approach that is holistic. Debt-Free Forever will help readers take responsibility for, and control of, their money. Gail's rules are simple: you can't spend money you don't have, you must save something, and if you're in debt, you must get the albatross off your back. But Gail knows following the rules can be tough. That's why Debt-Free Forever gives you a road map to getting out of the red in 36 months or less. By following Vaz-Oxlade's detailed plans and drawing on her unflagging faith in people's ability to take control, readers will reach the right destination: a debt-free life. Don't buy this book if you're a wuss. Don't buy this book if you're a whiner. Don't buy this book if you hate the idea of doing whatever it takes -- no matter how hard -- to get out of the mess you made. This book will make you squirm. This book may make you cry. This book is the way to move from the crappy place you are now to a wonderful life where you are in control. --From Debt-Free Forever
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, 2009.
ISBN: 9781554685905
Branch Call Number: 332.02402 V393
Characteristics: 306 p.


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Apr 22, 2020

Watched all her TV shows. In this book, she tells it like it is, gives easy to understand information on how to handle your money and finally be debt free. This book was life-changing for me. A must read!

Jan 12, 2020

This is the 5th Gail Vaz-Oxlade book that I have read. Initially, I was excited to read this book, assuming that the entire book was dedicated to budgeting. The book was a slow read for me because--it is almost entirely devoted to debt, as clearly indicated by the title "Debt-Free Forever"--I have no debt. Nevertheless, there were some surprises. Her tips for staycations, smart goals, measuring your progress, accepting your mistakes and moving on were invaluable to me.

Staff Pick: I love her TV show on Slice – Til Debt Do Us Part – and her other books have been great too. Here is a practical book on getting out of debt that is fun to read – it feels like she’s speaking to you from the pages, in the same tone as her show. Things that I learned:
*Cancelling a credit card isn’t always enough – you need to check your credit score to be totally sure. Ask for written confirmation from the bank that the account has been closed.
*Written requests for your credit score cost nothing. It is free once per year.
* You can save a lot of money on your mortgage by switching from a monthly payment to an accelerated weekly payment.
*I was not convinced by her arguments in favour of life insurance – I think that life insurance is only for people with dependents – and I don’t have any of those. But I’ll be looking into critical illness insurance.
*I need a will. I know it. And I should probably have a lawyer do it.

You can probably find things in this book that you didn’t know about money, budgeting, insurance, and getting yourself out of debt. Very useful.

Feb 06, 2018

Quick, basic read on setting goals to reach a debt-free status in this lifetime. Is it possible? I guess. But the more you try to free yourself of the system, the more it limits you. I like Gail's show: she's tough as nails, realistic, but kind and a good leader. Does it translate to fancy book writing? Not quite. The tone is like nails on a chalkboard, and horribly condescending in parts. Insulting, too, if you're sensitive. I don't think I'm sensitive, just pointing it out for others who might be. I picked up some good tips for myself, as this IS one of my goals in life. It got to be a bit repetitive, but I read most of it in one night. Thanks, Gail. I love your hair.

britprincess1ajax Aug 07, 2017

I think I have read one too many books by Gail Vaz-Oxlade this year. I have had more than my fair share of personal finance books in the last few months and I think this one may be my last for a while. While DEBT-FREE FOREVER has some terrific information on budgeting, including substantial appendices to assist those new to tracking their spending, I still feel that a great deal of what is written here is a rehash of what Gail has said in her other books. All of the information is valuable, but, for me, it's nothing new. For anyone new to budgeting, this book is a fantastic read, one that I highly recommend, but if you're thrifty like me, this book will be a huge waste of time.

Aug 28, 2013

I was already working on being debt free when I read this book and it helped me confirming I was on the right path !

Feb 25, 2013

Excellent book! I just finished this book, and I’m implementing Gail’s method to become debt free. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who want to live the life they really want:). This book is an eye opener on your finances, therefore be ready for big changes!

Oct 19, 2011

Great easy to read and most importantly REALISTIC approach to becoming debt free. Compliments her television show and show's you how you can be debt free too. I have implemented her approach and am well on my way. Gail makes you think twice about your current spending in order to be prepared for the future. She doesn't sugar coat a thing, but doens't make you feel guilty about how you may have ended up in debt either, and gives you realistic ways to fix it. Easy to implement in your day to day life if YOU have the motivation to do so.

Oct 10, 2011

If you've ever watched Gail's show "Til Debt Do Us Part", you'll know what you're getting here. Straightforward, "no bull" advice which although may be difficult to follow at all times, will be good for you if you do. This book includes a lot of advice I wish someone had told me 25 years ago. Recommended.

Sep 22, 2011

I thought this book had some very good and practical advice. I recommend reading it to those people who have trouble managing their money. I did however find that the book was largely targeted towards overconsumers, and "shopaholics". I do agree that she has some great methods for developing better money managing skills, but I find it hard to relate to some of the things she talks about.

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