My Stock Watch List For June 2015


Fresh off of a little break for the Memorial Day weekend, I’m back to thinking and writing about high-quality dividend growth stocks. Well, I should say back to writing. I’m always thinking about this stuff. Specifically, I’m thinking about what stocks right now look attractive to add to the Freedom Fund. Since this portfolio of […]

A Year Isn’t A Year


I recently discussed how a dollar isn’t a dollar. But I’ve also found, over time, that a year isn’t a year. A Dollar Isn’t A Dollar It seems that for some reason we tend to value things with a 1:1 ratio. And that’s true for both money and time. We might compare what kind of […]

Recent Buy


I’m incredibly fortunate to stay busy on the stock purchasing front, with May being a blockbuster month in terms of fresh capital deployment. Most of my attention this month has been focused on REITs, adding to my positions in W.P. Carey Inc. (WPC) very early in the month and then just a day later Omega Healthcare […]

Quitting My Full-Time Job: One Year Later


I almost can’t believe it. After spending nine years in the auto industry, much of that time as a service advisor, I quit my full-time job in that role at an Audi dealership in Sarasota on May 13, 2014, just one day after my 32nd birthday. It was a well-paying job, sending about $60,000 or […]

Income/Expenses For April 2015


I’ve been publicly tracking my income and expenses since I initiated this blog back in early 2011. I do this for a few reasons. First, I want to prove to the world that it’s possible to become financially independent at a relatively young age even if you don’t make a lot of money. I don’t […]

Recent Buy


I’m incredibly fortunate in that cash flow this month has been really solid, which has allowed me to be quite active in terms of deploying capital and picking up shares in high-quality dividend growth stocks. This most recent purchase wasn’t really planned, as it’s a stock that’s not on my watch list for this month. […]

Weekend Reading – May 9, 2015


Another weekend is upon us. How has your week been? It’s been business as usual for me. I spent the first couple of days this past week just kind of getting caught up and getting my bearings back after the whirlwind trip to Omaha to attend the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.B) shareholders meeting. Unfortunately, I’ve […]

Dividend Income Update – April 2015


Another month has passed by and it’s time for me to post an article on my favorite subject: dividend income. The reason why I love to publish articles updating my dividend income is because it’s pure numbers. It’s hard to argue the success of long-term dividend growth investing when you can slowly and surely see dividend […]

Freedom Fund Update – May 2015


Well, the time has come to update the Freedom Fund once again as we start another month. The Freedom Fund is my portfolio, and I think it’s aptly named. My portfolio is my way to freedom; freedom from a job I don’t desire to purchase goods I don’t need to impress neighbors I don’t care […]