5 Awesome Things About Living Car-Free

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After selling my car last summer and living without a car for an extended period of time for the first time since I was 16 years old, I was surprised, frustrated, excited and scared at various times throughout the process. Initially, the process was a bit difficult as I learned to make my way through […]

What Are You Buying?

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It’s been a little while since I asked you readers “what are you buying?”. I figured it would be a good time to find out what everyone is looking at. With the market blistering higher since the beginning of the year it’s become increasingly difficult for us value/dividend growth investors to find suitable equities at […]

Guest Post: Confessions Of A Dividend Junkie

*This is the first ever guest post at Dividend Mantra. A frequent supporter of the site, Pey Shadzi, has written a great article about being a dividend junkie and the benefits of such. You can follow Pey at his blog or at Seeking Alpha where he is a frequent contributing author.* Hey, nice to meet […]

Were You Worth More As A Baby?

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I started my journey to early retirement and financial independence in early 2010 just as I was turning 28 years old. I felt that my 20′s had largely been a financial waste, as I spent money just as fast (or faster) than I earned it and largely felt okay about it. I never really looked […]

Recent Buy

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The markets have been absolutely screaming lately. For the first time in history, this past week the DJIA closed above 13,000 points, the S&P 500 closed above 1,400 points and the Nasdaq Composite closed above 3,000 points all on the same day. That tells me that the markets could be getting a bit overheated, due […]

Weekend Reading – March 17, 2012

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My first full week of riding my new-to-me 49cc scooter is behind me, and I must say it’s really exciting riding it to and from work. Getting 100 mpg isn’t bad, either! So far, I’ve filled it up once (requires 1 gallon of fuel) and it should last me for at least another week. I’m […]

The Poor Rich Need Dividends?

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This article originally appeared on The Div-Net on March 1, 2012. I was recently reading an article on Yahoo! about bankers and other professionals working in the finance industry becoming frustrated by the lack of blockbuster bonuses being given out by major banks like Goldman Sachs (GS). You can read it below: Bonus Withdrawal Puts Bankers […]

My New Ride – Part III

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Not mine, but it looks exactly the same I promise I’m not changing my transportation options just to write articles! I have been completely and totally as honest and forthcoming as possible since starting Dividend Mantra, as I want this to be a completely transparent view of one man’s march toward financial freedom. As such, […]

Recent Buy

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Buy on the dips, right? That’s what they always say, yet it’s emotionally and philosophically difficult to do. When a stock is falling in price the natural reaction is to ask oneself “what’s wrong here?”. That’s understandable. What I try to do is instead of asking myself that question, I ask myself “what is everyone […]

Income/Expenses For February 2012

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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 February 2012: $4,925–Regular Paycheck$146–Dividends$235–Bonus and Spiffs Total Income: $5,306 Expenses from February 2012: $463–Rent$189–Student Loans$137–Restaurants$112–Groceries$133–Fast Food and Pizza$84–Gas$53–Internet$28–Pharmacy$43–Auto Insurance$40–Mobile […]