Anyone out there have some cool Labor Day plans?
I’m personally going to be helping my parents move some furniture around before commencing on some painting. Not real fun, but I’m happy to help out. They’re renovating their master bedroom. So it’s old furniture out, and new furniture, carpet, and paint in. They’re also redoing their whole master bathroom, but that’s being left to professionals.
We might do a Labor Day barbecue after all that moving and painting. At least, I hope so. Moving and painting is probably going to leave us mighty hungry!
I’m including some great weekend reading in the meanwhile. I was interviewed by Mint recently, and that just went live today. So I’m very happy to share that with you readers. It was a pleasure, and the questions were all really great.
I hope everyone out there has a wonderful holiday weekend. Spend some time with family and friends, and enjoy every minute!
Below, you’ll find a compilation of articles I recently read, wrote, or participated in. I hope you readers find them as enjoyable as I have!
Expert Interview with Jason Fieber on Dividend Investing and Financial Responsibility for Mint
Mint contacted me recently and asked me to answer some questions about who I am, how I stumbled upon this journey, and what living frugally is like. Of course, I was happy to participate. Some of this information is fairly basic knowledge, but they also covered some topics I haven’t discussed before. Check it out!
These 5 Dividend Growth Stocks Are Increasing Their Dividends
I published this article over at Daily Trade Alert. I discussed five dividend growth stocks that recently announced dividend increases, and then wrote short notes about each stock. I also listed 23 dividend growth stocks that go ex-dividend next week. Finally, I discussed a dividend growth stocks that has paid dividends for the last 77 years and raised their payout for the last 20. The stock discussed in that last article really has my attention after taking a good look at it.
Dividend Paying Companies I recently added to my income portfolio
Dividend Growth Investor lists where he has been putting his capital to work recently. I’m long a few of those stocks myself, and am happy to be a fellow shareholder!
The Future Of Anheuser-Busch’s Dividend
Tim wrote this solid post exploring the dividend growth potential of Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). I agree with his conclusion. BUD is saddled with a lot of debt and organic growth might be hard to come by. Furthermore, it appears to me that craft beers are becoming more and more popular, which may carve a little out of BUD’s bottom line, one sip at a time.
‘Mad Men’ star Vincent Kartheiser lists tiny bungalow
I came upon this story a little while ago, but forgot to share it before. I always find it fascinating when relatively wealthy individuals choose to live a life of less on purpose. It’s just really refreshing to see others not necessarily max out their lifestyle in pursuit of happiness and keeping up with the neighbors. Apparently, Vincent has been renovating and living in this 603-square-foot bungalow that sports one bedroom and 1.5 bathrooms while working on the hit television show. He recently got engaged, so he’s looking for a little more room. The place isn’t cheap, but I’m quite confident he could have lived larger if he wanted to. In addition, I read elsewhere that he would take the bus to/from work, instead of driving. Nice!
8 Tips to Help You Live Within Your Means
Joe put together this list of great tips if you’re looking to save and get ahead. I consider these basic fundamentals that anyone looking to retire early – or retire at all – must strongly consider and implement in their own lives.
Canadian Dividend Stocks to Buy and Mostly Forget
Mark put together this brief article that that lists a number of Canadian stocks that have been paying dividends for substantial periods of time. Some have records dating back to the early 1800s. I’m personally invested in two Canadian companies, and happy thus far.
Who wants to be average?
This post by Richard Branson was particularly relevant to me. I recently faced resentment from some of my family members, and this made me think about what I’m doing and this journey I’m on. After contemplating the situation, I have become more resolute than ever. I left Michigan five years ago very average, and have come back a far different and more extraordinary person. Sometimes that’s hard for others to accept, especially if they choose a path more traveled. Some people might want to be more average to “fit in”, but I encourage you not to accept that fate. Spread your wings and fly!!
The $7,000 Baby
Jeremy and Winnie recently announced they’re expecting. Congratulations to them. It’ll be fun to see how they manage their globetrotting with a little one in tow!
Goal Accomplished! Crossing $1,750 Projected Dividend Income
Looks like Bert exceeded his goal early, even after cranking up the difficulty by changing his goal earlier this year. Saving substantial portions of your income and regular investing has a way of providing incredible results. Congrats!
Money Lessons: Part 4 – Don’t be jealous
See a theme here? I agree with Brian’s take here. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, we should only be comparing ourselves to ourselves. Are we happy? Are we fulfilled? And if we are going to compare ourselves to others, why is it so uncommon to compare our situation to those in less fortunate circumstances? On the rare occasion I perform a comparison of my life to others, it’s with people in much less fortunate circumstances. I try to never forget that having access to basic necessities like electricity, plumbing, refrigerated food, and heating/cooling is still uncommon in many parts of the world.
I just bought $152,669 in REITs on margin
Gutsy move here! Not a strategy that’s in my wheelhouse, but I’m rooting for it to all work out for him.
One Year Of Tracking My Expenses
DividElephant tracked his budget for an entire year and spent just a tad over 23,000 euros. Not too shabby at all!
Ask J. Money Anything Day!
J. Money put this great hodgepodge of questions and answers together. He covered a wide variety of topics, including budgeting, blogging, saving, and giving. I may try this out at one point or another as well.
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