Weekend Reading


Now the Rio Olympic games are over, I'm having a slight Olympic withdrawal. It was really cool seeing these top athletes competing at the highest level. Mrs. T and I were watching the CBC online streams almost every night (we don't have TV or cable at home). We managed to catch a few bike pursuits (team and individual). I have always enjoyed watching the individual bike pursuit. There's so much strategies involved and It's funny that they start so slowly at the beginning of each race and end up biking ridiculously fast at the end.

Work has been busy lately with a number of early (6:30AM!) calls and a few late meetings. The cool thing is that I'm having a lot of fun at work. Sometimes it almost doesn't feel like it's work.

On family front, Baby T1.0 went to his first summer camp the other day and did really great (we used a coupon so the camp was free, booya!). Although he's a few months shy of his 3rd birthday, it's amazing to see how many things he can do independently. We recently started baby led weaning for Baby T2.0. She hasn't quite gotten the idea of eating yet but Baby T1.0 was laughing historically at his sister throughout the entire eating session. Having two little kids is a lot of work but there are also lots of heart warming moments. Most heart warming moment in recent memory? After my 2 week vacation, Baby T1.0 started giving me hugs every weekend and thanking me for taking vacation to spend time with him. In his mind, he probably thinks that me spending all day at home on weekends means I'm on vacation. It melts my heart every time he does that. 🙂

On blogging front, I have a few things lined up in terms of blog optimization. I just need to find some spare time to do them. I just realized that I have been blogging on tawcan.com for 2 years. Time flies! A few weeks ago, I decided to attend Canadian Personal Finance Conference in November. I'm really looking forward meeting many of my fellow Canadian PF bloggers. I didn't plan to go to FinCon in San Diego this year because I had a planned work trip to Europe the week before. Being away from home for 2 weeks straight creates a lot of challenges for Mrs. T, given we have two little kids at home. Although the work trip has been cancelled, I am still holding off on attending FinCon. I don't have enough vacation time for this year and going to FinCon would cost over $750 US. Oh well, there's always next year. 🙂

Anyway before I blabber on further, here are some great articles came across in recent days:

Jim Collins wrote a post about FIRE naysayers and what they're missing

Robb discussed a realistic retirement income target 

Barry shared ways to eat cheap while traveling

Slowly Sipping Coffee asked Will your retirement have an ikigai?

Retire Before Dad said that net worth is like a nude selfie of personal finance

Mr. Firestation calculated what 10 years of early retirement really costs

Sam shared his impressive passive income, $200k per year! Wow!

Our Next Life wrote a great guest post for Cait called The Woods, Mountains and Happiness Within

Melissa explained why it's easier to spend money as our home gets smarter

Amanda wondered if it's time to halt the hustle

Desirae at Half Baked talked about a year in the life of a personal finance blogger

Thias shared his thoughts on why you should take vacation to save your mind

Financial Superhero, a fellow millennial, shared 8 personal finance issues millennials face 

Tristan wrote about his financial eureka moment

Steve asked Honey, would you be mad if I just go ahead and quit now?

You Can be Free explained their unconventional path to financial freedom

Have a great weekend everyone!

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  • Reply
    Steve @ Think Save Retire
    August 26, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Thanks for the love, Tawcan! 🙂

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      August 26, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      No worries, have a great weekend.

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    Thias @It Pays Dividends
    August 26, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for including my post Tawcan! Have a good weekend!

    • Reply
      August 26, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      Have a great weekend Thias.

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    August 26, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Some great reads here -- thanks for compiling and sharing!

    • Reply
      August 26, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Hope you enjoyed the articles Ferdi.

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    Mr. Tako @ Mr. Tako Escapes
    August 26, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing those articles Tawcan...there were a few I hadn't read yet!

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      August 26, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Have a great weekend Mr. Tako.

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    Dividend Diplomats
    August 27, 2016 at 10:14 am


    Been busy over there I see! Great reads for the weekend, thanks for publishing. I'm sure you'll have a killer time at the Canadian Personal Finance conference. Make sure you blog about it and during it if you can!


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      August 29, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Thanks Lanny, will try to write some stuff about CPFC later.

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    August 27, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks for the callout! We're missing the Olympics at our house too.

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      August 29, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Luckily hockey season is just around the corner.

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    Graham @ Reverse The Crush
    August 28, 2016 at 4:32 am

    I'm a basketball fan, so I like when the olympics are on too, because there's at least a sport other than baseball to watch during the summer haha. The track and field stuff is fun to watch as well. And congrats on 2 years of blogging! Thats amazing. Thanks again for sharing the great reads.

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      August 29, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Thanks Graham. We had a lot of fun watching track and field a well.

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    August 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you so much for the shoutout! I'm also heading to CPFC this year (for the first time!) and cannot even wait. I'm pretty sure my head is going to explode at how awesome it'll be to meet everyone in person - looking forward to meeting you!

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      August 29, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Hi Des,

      Cool, I look forward to meeting everyone in person.

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    Dividends Down Under
    August 29, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks so much for the mention Tawcan 🙂 You sent quite a few readers our way, we really appreciate it. I'm glad you liked our article. You've read a lot of good ones this week!


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      August 30, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Glad to have sent some traffic over to your blog. 🙂

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    August 30, 2016 at 2:32 am

    Congratulations on the two year anniversary of your blog, Tawcan! Here's to many more years!

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      August 30, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Thanks weenie.

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