Wow this week has been absolutely insane at work! My manager is away on vacation so I've been covering his work all week. This is on top of keeping track of all my project milestones and making sure my customers' requests are met. To make things more complicated, I was away last Thurs and Friday for an extended vacation trip to Victoria, so I was on catch up mode for the first few days this week. For the last 4 days I have been getting up before 6 AM to join multi-time-zone conference calls. Despite getting started early, my days didn't end early - I had to attend one or two conference calls around 6 PM or later the last few days. Needless to say, I had to go to bed early because I was so exhausted by around 9 PM. As a result, I haven't been able to spend much quality times with Mrs. T in the evening. Hopefully we'll return to regular schedule next week. I hope to post more often next week and for the month of April.
If you haven't checked it out yet, you definitely want to check out The Early Retirement / Financial Independence spreadsheet calculator that I put together. This spreadsheet incorporates dividend growth investment principles so you can calculate when you'll reach financial independence.
In case you're freaking out about the recent market pullbacks, you shouldn't. You should look at the big picture. I explained why I love buying stocks on pullbacks.
And finally a simple case study on a debt ridden couple in Vancouver and I gave them some simple advice on how to get into a positive net worth territory.
Here are some excellent articles for your weekend reading on personal finances and investment topics. I really enjoyed reading them during the small amount of free time I had this past week:
Jeremy continues his Journey to Early Retirement: Episode 3. It's cool to hear that he also attended the Millionaire Mind Intensive seminar years ago.
Mrs. Frugalwoods shared 12 Tips For Finding Roadside Treasures (aka Great Trash Finds).
No More Waffles explained why he doesn't benchmark his dividend growth portfolio to an index. I think I'm on the same boat as him. We benchmark against our own progress.
Marie at Boomer and Echo asked On Retirement – Early or Never? I think our definition of retirement is quite different than the average Joes. I'd rather achieve financial independence than retirement and sit on the beach all day for the rest of my life.
Holly shared some tips on smart ways to save money on hotels in Honolulu. I need to keep these in mind when we plan our trip to Hawaii in the future. 🙂
Jason at Dividend Mantra wrote an excellent piece on Financial Independence= Geographical Independence. We definitely plan to take advantage of geographical independence in the near future.
Barry at Money We Have shared some tips on how to stay in touch with loved ones abroad. Mrs. T and I definitely use Skype a lot whenever I'm on my business trips to keep in touch.
Mark at My Own Advisor explained how to rebalance your portfolio. For Baby T's RESP portfolio, I utilize a spreadsheet to track on to rebalance his index ETF portfolio, I will share this spreadsheet in the future.
Finally Mr. Money Mustache wrote a piece on Chasing Electrical Demons to Cut your Power Bill by 80%. We do something similar in our household but maybe not as extreme as measuring everything. Maybe we should?
Have a great weekend everyone! I sure am looking forward to "sleeping in" till 7 AM. 🙂