Pardon The Dust – New Look!


Do you like the new look? I’m getting ready to fly home to Michigan tomorrow morning for my Uncle/Dad’s 50th birthday. I took Friday and Monday off work to make time for the short trip. I’m pretty excited! You think I’d be spending time checking-in my flight online, packing or otherwise preparing for the trip. […]

As Featured In USA Today!


On my 16-year old scooter! Yours truly was recently part of an article that Matt Krantz over at USA Today put together on people trying to achieve financial independence/retirement at an extremely early age and some of the methods/strategies we use to attain such lofty goals. It was a great experience and I’m really proud […]

What Are You Buying?


I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, but with the Dow Jones Industrial Average breaking new all-time highs seemingly daily and the S&P 500 approaching all-time highs I figured now would be a good time to see what stocks you readers are interested in. I’ve gotta be honest. I don’t see a […]

The Three P’s – Patience, Persistence, Perseverance


I’m doing something very different in an otherwise ordinary world. I’m trying to become financially independent and retire early in life – before my 40th birthday, to be exact. This journey to early retirement started just before my 28th birthday, making this a road about 12 years long. Keep in mind that I started with […]

Recent Buy


The strong performance of the stock market YTD has left little attractive opportunities on the table for value investors to get interested in. I consider valuation of an individual stock paramount to long-term success, and it’s imperative that you don’t overpay for an ownership stake in even the most high quality business. Doing due diligence […]

Weekend Reading – March 16, 2013


Ahh, the weekend. A joyous time in my life. I worked about 55 hours this past week. Usually the department I am in has two people running it – myself and one other. Well, that other person took a week off. So, that 55 hour workweek was especially grueling. Not fun. But, that’s why I’m […]

DGI Case Study – $5K to $100K In Three Years


My Portfolio Screenshot Wow. I did it. On March 13, 2013 my total portfolio value (including cash) exceeded $100,000. That’s six-figures folks. And I did it before my 31st birthday. How did this happen? Well, let’s take a look back. In January 2010 I found myself with $7,000 in my checking account and over $25,000 […]

Income/Expenses For February 2013


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 2013: $2,256–Regular Paycheck$215–Dividend Income$178–Online Income/Bonus Total Income: $2,649 Expenses from February 2013: $485–Rent$189–Student Loans$166–Restaurants$82–Groceries$129–Fast Food and Pizza$53–Internet$43–Pharmacy$8–Fuel$41–Public Transportation$40–Mobile […]

Recent Buy


What can I say that hasn’t already been said? It’s tough to buy stocks right now with the fact that the Dow Jones Industrial Average has recently broke all-time highs and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. What’s a value focused dividend growth investor to do? I think the answer to this conundrum is […]

Recent Sale


This is a tough article to write. I don’t like to sell stocks too often. I look at each stock in my portfolio as valuable branches to my dividend growth tree, ultimately providing me bountiful dividends with which to pay my expenses. Every time I cut a branch from my tree, my tree produces less […]