Guest Post At Mr. Money Mustache

Hey everyone!

I was fortunate enough to receive a most warm invitation to guest post over at Mr. Money Mustache. For anyone not familiar with MMM, please check out a little bit about him here. MMM is a champion of the frugal living/early retirement/financial independence scene and retired at…drumroll, please…30 years old! It’s wonderful to see like-minded individuals seeking financial freedom through hard work and living frugally. He asked me to present an introduction to dividend growth investing to his readers as he kicks off a series on investing. I jumped at the chance!

Please check out my guest post here and leave a comment.

I hope you all enjoy. Big thanks to MMM for the opportunity!

Thanks for reading.


  1. says

    DM, I read your post and it was good stuff! I also read the comments. Those were kind of harsh. But your replies were sincere and thoughtful. You didn’t go gangbusters on folks who bash our investment method. The world already has too much of that stuff so we don’t need anymore. Keep up the great work!

  2. says

    Heheh.. I agree – it seems that the MMM readers came out of the woodwork with various challenges on social investing and tax-efficiency.

    Hopefully this wasn’t too annoying for Mr. Mantra or his readers. The same thing happens to me on the rare occasions that I do guest postings on other blogs.

    I agree though – it was a great guest posting and remember that for each online question like those, there are also several thousand people that quietly read it nod their heads while learning something – and they appreciate the effort you put into sharing! Congratulations to all DM readers on your advanced financial acumen, and I’ll see you in the near future in Financial Independence Land 😉

  3. says

    Nice job on your guest post Mantra, very well done!! You gaev readers a really good overview to the dividend investing model.

    Just wanted to drop by and say all the best for the holidays, and a prosperous 2012!

    The Dividend Ninja

  4. says


    Thanks for that! I was afraid I came off too aggressive in some of my posts and as you know that’s not my style. I’m glad it came off sincere, because that’s what I was aiming for. I don’t bash anyone who has different ideas, because there is always more than one way to skin a cat…and it’s no different with investing. More than one way to have a successful investment career. I was simply presenting my approach.

    Thanks for stopping by and adding that. Best wishes!

  5. says


    Thanks for stopping by!

    It was no problem at all, really. I like discussing ideas and bouncing around different approaches, even if I don’t agree with them. I think most readers have excellent ideas and I wish them the best of luck with their approaches.

    To be truthful, less demand for the stocks I recommend keeps prices low so I can get more value for my money. Haha. Just kidding there! :)

    Thanks again for the opportunity. I really enjoyed presenting my approach and discussing some ideas.

    Take care!

  6. Anonymous says

    I enjoyed your guest post as well DM. I’ve been following you here as well as on the forums at ERE. You have an interesting thing going here. Keep it up.

    I thought that the dialogue in the comments was a nice addition. For the record I invest my money the same as you do, I believe in the dividend. I will say that Dan’s comments against it did get me thinking. It’s always easy to want to defend our beliefs, but different perspectives give us a better understanding of the strengths and weakness of those beliefs. If you approach investing from a systems approach then the system can always be optimized. I enjoyed the discussion.
    Happy Holidays,

  7. says


    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

    I totally agree with you. I always try to keep an open mind, because there is nothing written in stone when it comes to investing, living frugally or even life in general. There is nothing saying that what I’m doing is right or wrong, and other ways of investing could be much more profitable. It could be true that I’m leaving money on the table by investing conservatively, we’ll see.

    I did my own research before investing money, as I’m gambling 12 years of my life as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars that what I’m doing is best for my situation. I feel good about it. I think you make a great point by saying that looking at different perspectives helps us realize the benefits and drawbacks to our individual strategies and make changes if necessary to optimize.

    I hope you keep in touch and keep me updated on your journey!

    Best wishes!

  8. says


    Good guest article over at MMM. As for the growth vs DGI debate in the comments section, you have much more patience then I do. Reminds me of the growth posters/ trolls over at seeking alpha in the investing for income section. Some people just don’t get it but so be it. As you stated, less demand for PEP, PG, and PM keep my shares cheap. Well said!

    Keep up the good work and prosperous 2012!


    oh yea, LONG PEP, PG, and PM!

  9. says


    Thanks for stopping by! Hope all is well.

    Thanks for the compliment. I appreciate it. I do have patience, and I can certainly recognize the mertis of strategies that differ from mine. I only have issues when people try to condemn my strategies by using incorrect information to show me how I’m wrong. If I’m wrong, so be it…but please use correct information based on real-world facts.

    I shouldn’t let it bother me at all, because as we say…it keeps the demand down for the companies we invest in. :)

    I wish you a most prosperous 2012 as well!

    Keep in touch. Best wishes!

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