Is It Worth It?


I really like to frame every purchase I make a certain way. Outside of normal, recurring monthly bills like rent, groceries, my cell phone bill and the like I really try to make sure I’m completely aware of the costs of any item I buy. What I like to do, especially with an expense that […]

Warren Buffett’s Wise Words


“The Oracle of Omaha”. Warren Buffett, the famed value investor and billionaire, is probably the most intelligent capital allocator alive. So, anytime he drops a little advice on mere mortals like myself I like to stop what I’m doing and listen. He was interviewed on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” program this past Wednesday. Buffett was asked […]

What Are You Buying?


Boom! Just like that, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down almost 450 points over the last week. It’s times like these that I really smile. As a long-term dividend growth investor I stay focused on value. I want to buy as many shares as I possibly can with my dollar, and the cheaper the […]

Fear And Uncertainty Creates Opportunity


Earnings season is upon us and in case you haven’t noticed there have been some serious pullbacks in certain dividend growth stocks. Companies have been busy publicizing their Q3 earnings and revenue numbers and it seems that the weakened economy have hurt some. It’s times like these that you have to ask yourself if you’re […]

Saving Money Is Like Losing Weight


How Much Are You Putting Away? A lot of things in life are easier said than done. I think this is also true when it comes to saving money. How does one go about saving money? Well, quite easy really. You simply spend less money than you receive on a regular basis. All the thousands […]

Recent Buy


As promised, I’m publishing my second recent purchase. I’m generally fairly inactive in the stock market, casually watching the market move up and down when I can. I stay fairly busy throughout the workday, so I can’t really watch the market’s sways to and fro…and wouldn’t much want to even if I had the time. […]

Recent Buy


Flush with cash from the recent sale of one of my oldest holdings in Total S.A. (TOT), I decided to initiate a new position in a stock that I’ve been looking at over the last 30 days or so. I like particular industries that are profitable, easy to understand and sell products that people purchase […]

Recent Sale


I don’t sell stocks often. Any regular readers of this blog know that. I don’t try to time the market and I don’t trade in and out of positions. Ever since I firmly adopted a dividend growth strategy for the long-term I have planned on holding every position forever unless dividends are cut or held […]

Dividend Growth Index Update – Q3 2012

As some of you may remember, I was picked to be part of a Dividend Growth Index back in September of 2011. I joined a number of well-known and respected dividend bloggers, where we formed an index of high-quality dividend stocks that we all decided we would keep track of over the long-term. It’s an […]

Income/Expenses For September 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 September 2012: $4,811–Regular Paycheck$357–Dividends$646–Bonus and Spiffs Total Income: $5,816 Expenses from September 2012: $490–Rent$189–Student Loans$124–Restaurants$103–Groceries$53–Internet$99–Public Transportation$66–Fast Food$35–Pharmacy$40–Mobile Phone$30–Gym$112–Everything Else* […]