What Is A Dividend?


I was asked recently by a co-worker, “what is a dividend?” after having a brief discussion on investing and the like. I had never really thought that this was unknown knowledge to certain people. I take for granted, in my studios nature of observing investments, that the term “dividend” is well known and generally fairly […]

What Are Your Dividends For?


Anyone who has been reading this blog knows that the reason I’m living frugally and investing in dividend growth stocks is to hopefully retire young. My target is to “retire” by 40 years old. The reason I put quotations around the word retire is because I’m not quite positive I’ll retire by standard definitions. I […]

Weekend Reading – June 25, 2011

Well, the month of June is almost over. It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon here in Florida. I don’t know where the time goes. As another week closes and the summer is in full swing I feel great! I hope all of you do as well. Here are some excellent articles from fellow dividend growth investors, […]

Saving A Mint By Budgeting


I’m a fan of budgeting, in case you couldn’t tell by my monthly posting of my personal budgets. I think that budgeting is the only true way of actually seeing how much money is coming in and how much money is going out. Until you actually track your budgets for a few months, it’s all […]

Defense Stocks On Sale?

I’ve been taking a long, hard look at some defense stocks lately and wondering if they have a spot in my dividend portfolio. There are pros and cons to every business in this universe, but I think some of those of pros/cons are amplified when you are looking at defense stocks. Let’s take a look […]

Weekend Reading – June 19, 2011

I’m posting my weekend reading a little late due to my vacation. I haven’t had an internet connection for the past few days and I just landed back in Florida a couple hours ago. It was great to see the family and it was also great to have the vacation paid for. Here are some […]

Recent Buy


Well, I’ve decided to make a recent purchase. As I’ve said a few times before, I like to “walk the walk” when I “talk the talk”. I believe in making purchases through high and low markets, and I believe in dollar-cost-averaging into positions on a monthly basis. The market has been extremely volatile lately, but […]

Income/Expenses for May 2011


Each month I will post my income/expenses for the previous month. I track every dollar in and out, so what you see is exactly what I earned and spent (rounded to the nearest dollar). Income from May 2011: $3,756–Regular Paycheck$95–Dividends$50–Bonus and Spiffs Total Income: $3,901 Expenses from May 2011: $633–Rent$915–Car Payment$180–Student Loan$29–Restaraunts$78–Auto Insurance$99–Fuel$60–Groceries$67–Pharmacy$58–Fast Food and […]

Weekend Reading – June 10, 2011

Here are some excellent articles from the past week from fellow dividend growth investors. Playing With Ex-Dividend DateThe Dividend Guy discusses whether trying to time investments based around ex-dividend dates could be a sound strategy. Obviously, I agree with him here that this is not a sound investment strategy. Is it possible to make money […]

Two Stocks On My Watchlist

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down almost 4.5% over the past month, and while not a correction by conventional definitions (10% or more drop), the market has still experienced a healthy retraction. I’m excited when I see moves like this in the market. I generally make purchases every month, because I believe that I […]