Money Rules

Money Rules

Rule your Money or your Money Will Rule You

Book - 2012
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Gail likes to say that money isn't rocket science, it's discipline. But even she acknowledges that there are tricks to her trade and that making money decisions often feels more complicated than it should. So, where to start? With Gail's Money Rules, of course--her essential rules for making your money work for you.

Covering every topic under the financial sun--from TFSAs to taxes, borrowing to breaking bad habits, relationships to RRSPs--Gail tells readers that many of the rules they have been following might actually be working against their best interests. Some of her advice is, as she says, common sense (Rule #17: Needs Must Come Before Wants), some of it is surprising (Rule #222: Don't Borrow to Contribute to an RRSP), and some is even counterintuitive coming from Gail (Rule #261: Take Pleasure from Your Money). All of the rules are delivered in digestible pieces that each give the reader a clear sense of what works and what doesn't.

For money-phobes, this book will be a kick in the pants; for money-minders, it will ease the worry that there might be a financial tone they've left unturned; for everyone else, Gail's rules provide what it takes to build a strong financial foundation that will last a lifetime.

Publisher: Toronto : Collins, c2012.
ISBN: 9781443408950
Branch Call Number: 332.024 VAZ
Characteristics: 502 p.


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Nov 21, 2019

This is the 4th Gail Vaz-Oxlade book that I have read. I agree with some reviewers. I thought that this book was very boring and a long read. Gail has lots of great tips, but many tips are repeated 3 times throughout the book. She explains at the beginning of the book that it is not organized, in order to force the reader to read the entire book cover-to-cover. I found it very frustrating to find a useful section that I had read earlier, because one tip is proceeded by an unrelated tip. It could be argued that there is a "table of contents" at the very back of the book, but there are no page numbers in that list. I did learn some very useful things like: relative value, $ vs % savings, lifestyle inflation, and cost per use. I found the book to be a frustrating read and would suggest that other people avoid it.

britprincess1ajax Aug 07, 2017

While a great deal of MONEY RULES is just common sense, there is also a bunch of information about a wide range of financial topics. This book is like a Canadian financial Bible. Her comedic but no-nonsense approach engages the reader while educating them. It's not a short read, by any means, but it's worth the time. I highly recommend everyone read it and keep it around as reference.

Feb 15, 2017

Gail is awesome!
I did find some good advice among these 261 rules, but largely they were not relevant to me. Although that's not the book's fault. It's Gail's fault for driving so many of these points home to me years ago when I was binge watching Til Debt Do Us Part.

Jun 03, 2014

I like Gail's straight forward approach to money, but this book is more of a finances-in-a-flash read. Great, honest advice (I'd give it five stars) but a single page, sometimes two, per idea isn't enough to get a full understanding (hence three stars).

nance_99 Jan 30, 2014

Highly recommended. Straight talk about personal finances, debt, savings, etc. Gail Vaz-Oxlade provides useful checklists to rate your progress against (ex. do you have a will? Do you have an emergency fund?) that readers will want to copy and post to their fridge. She also makes a point of noting that everyone needs to personalize their plan so that it works for their personality and personal circumstances so that any changes made are sustainable in the long term. And the info about student loans should be mandatory reading for every person considering higher education.

Jul 11, 2013

This book is broken down by the rules and each rule is only a page or two so it is a very fast read (you and pick it up and put it down easily so its easy to read while preparing supper etc.)

If you watch her shows, she writes how she talks making it an entertaining read. I watch all of her shows and still learnt new things from reading the book. Highly recommend!

Charm8 May 24, 2013

This book contains straightforward, common sense ideas on how to avoid the debt traps. If you do what she says in the book, you should do well. The problem is we live in an instant gratification society. None of her advice is rocket science, yet people sabotage themselves by not following the basic rules of money management.

Feb 22, 2013

Although I did take away some good advice, most of what Gail says is the same old, same old you'll find in any personal finance book. Each rule is identified as belonging to a certain category, i.e goals, investing, credit, etc, but that's as far as organization of the book goes, and that's the major flaw of this book. It's not organized into putting like rules together. Because of this lack of organization, the same information is repeated multiple times, making it a bigger book than it should.

Besides that, being called a jackass or moron often enough gets old quickly.

Feb 08, 2013

In my opinion, this is Gail's best book yet!! She brings us advice on such a varied range of financial topics, which makes this book such a handy guide to have.

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