My friend Ann & I decided to drive 3 hours to lunch with Gail Vaz-Oxlade and hear her talk. The event was a fundraiser for the Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Center – a great cause – and Ann & I do love our roadtrips so off we went to Cobourg for the day.
Here’s a collection of my favorite quotes from that day, in no particular order and not just about money – Gail is one funny lady!
“My idea of when to stop is when the car goes crunch” – on driving and car maintenance – “it’s a 2006 dodge caravan – who gives a fuck?”
“Decor Porn (home reno / design shows) : It’s like going to the strip joint and coming home to your husband” – On keeping up with the jones “I never imagined I was Elizabeth tailor – she got married 7 times I limited myself to 3!”
“Don’t buy what u don’t understand, Know the rules or don’t play” – on investments and anything else, really
“If you think that 37th pair of heels is a need, please DO bite me” – on needs v/s wants
To a CRA agent, bank manager and anyone else who manages to piss her off: “Fix it or ill chop off your arm and beat you over the head with the soggy bits”
And my biggest take away, other than to get out of her lane…
“Money is just a tool – it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on – Enjoy your present but take care of your future because it counts for something”
What am I saying?
Read her book, watch her show, make a budget, pay off your debts, and get your shit together! A net profit at the end o
f the year means nothing if you’re half a million dollars in debt, or if you’ve sacrificed your life savings to get there.