Recent Buy


After my recent sale of my shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM), I decided to put that capital to work for me in my recent purchases. I was thinking about letting the capital sit in a cash position, as the market is not showing a lot of value at these levels. What I try to […]

Weekend Reading – February 26, 2012


I haven’t done a weekend roundup in quite a while. Time flies by fast! Working 50+ hours a week at my job, managing investments and blogging all take up a large amount of my time. Although I’m looking for a way out of spending considerable amounts of my time at my day job, blogging and […]

Recent Sale


Well, for the second time in three months I have sold out of a position. I’m a little surprised about it, because honestly I do buy stocks with the plan of holding on for the long-term. But, things change and as a small investor in a big market I have to stay nimble and open […]

Stick To Your Plan


This article originally appeared on The Div-Net on February 16, 2012 The market has been on a tear to start 2012. The S&P is up 6.81% YTD, and it’s showing little signs of slowing. This is a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your investment strategy. If you’re a value-oriented dividend growth investor […]

Recent Buy


Well, everyone is expecting a pullback in the markets. I read about a lot of investors currently selling equities and converting that capital into short-term bonds or cash. I continue to believe in my long-term strategy of buying attractively priced businesses every single month on my march to financial freedom and holding those businesses as […]

Frugality Vs. Quality Of Life


“Frugality Vs. Quality Of Life”. That sounds like a title fight. Two heavy weight contenders going at it. But, it’s not like that. Frugality and quality of life are not necessarily at odds with one another, nor are they mutually exclusive. However, I thought I’d share some of my experiences with living (extremely) frugally over […]

What’s Your Crossover?


The “crossover” was a phrase or term popularized by one of my favorite books, Your Money Or Your Life. The crossover is basically the moment where your monthly passive income finally exceeds all of your monthly expenses. When I first read YMOYL and the chapter where this term was coined, it became a dawning moment […]

Income/Expenses For January 2012


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 January 2012: $3,558–Regular Paycheck$165–Dividends$954–Bonus and Spiffs Total Income: $4,677 Expenses from January 2012: $477–Rent$189–Student Loans$77–Restaurants$74–Groceries$53–Internet$51–Gas$40–Fast Food and Pizza$30–Pharmacy$30–Public Transportation$43–Auto […]

Dividend Income Update – January 2012


Well, 2012 is off to a wonderful start for me. We’re only one month into the year and I’ve already received a raise at work, accomplished one of my goals by purchasing a vehicle to get me reliably (hopefully) to work and home and I’ve received a solid month’s worth of dividends which I reinvested […]

Freedom Fund Update – February 2012


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 working at a job I don’t enjoy to purchase goods I don’t need to impress neighbors I […]