Recent Buy


Well, my pockets are flush with fresh capital that I neither planned for nor wanted. This is due to the closing out of my position with American Realty Capital Properties Inc. (ARCP) after an accounting scandal that led to the elimination of almost the entire upper level of management, including the CEO, CFO, and COO, […]

Recent Sale


Two stock sales in less than a month. What is going on around here? Have I lost my marbles? I certainly hope not. Although I’m a buy-and-hold investor, the occasional sale is necessary if it means making the portfolio better over the long run. Some of my past sales have turned out well, some have […]

Marrying Budgets When You Marry?


I’ve been tracking every single penny that I earn and spend since 2010 and I’ve been doing so publicly since this blog went live in March 2011. I do this because I believe that it’s imperative to know exactly where all of your money comes from and where it’s going if you have any hope to […]

Recent Buy


I wasn’t sure I’d be engaging in any more activity this month. The initiation of a position in Walt Disney Co. (DIS) just last week was, in my view, a great long-term investment at the current valuation. And I was very content with that being it for the month, due to the fact that I have […]

I’m Already Financially Independent


As many of you already know, I started my journey to financial independence back in early 2010. I was deeply in debt, didn’t have much cash, and knew relatively little about investing. Poor decisions with money for most of my life led me to a position I didn’t really feel comfortable being in. The idea of working […]

Income/Expenses For November 2014


I’ve been tracking my income and expenses online 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


Getting the month started off right! I suppose cash, when I have it, just burns a hole in my pocket. Maybe I need new pockets? Or maybe I just need more cash? Either way, I didn’t wait long to put some capital to work this month. I’m actually a bit light on capital right now, […]

Dividend Income Update – November 2014


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 post articles on 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 – December 2014


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 […]

Recent Buy


Talk about Black Friday specials! Some of my favorite dividend growth stocks in the energy space were down huge this past Friday, with some stocks that I personally track down near 10%. Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) was down 4.17%. Chevron Corporation (CVX) was down 5.42%. My recent investment in National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV) looks foolishly timed […]