Weekend Reading - packing edition


Although this week was a short work week, it actually felt more like a 7 day work week. Good thing it's finally the weekend! This weekend will not be spent lounging around though. Mrs. T and I will be spending both Saturday and Sunday packing. We take possession of the new house in a few days and will be moving next week! How exciting!


Random Picture of the Day:
Our pet cat "T-Cat" got into the Halloween spirit early. She decided to dress up as a devil cat for this year.

devil cat

Financial Quote of the Day:

"You know, people talk about this being an uncertain time. You know, all time is uncertain. I mean, it was uncertain back in - in 2007, we just didn't know it was uncertain. It was - uncertain on September 10th, 2001. It was uncertain on October 18th, 1987, you just didn't know it." -Warren Buffet

The recent dip in the stock markets has made a lot of people feeling uneasy. A lot of people decide to sell their stocks because the future seems uncertain. As Warren Buffet pointed out, all time is uncertain. All we can do is continuing with our investment strategy and move forward. This is exactly why I recently purchased Suncor and BP.

Living frugally is a great way to save money aside so you can invest regularly. This is why I wrote about 6 ways to save money on baby items and How much is your entertainment costing you? earlier this week.


Now time for some links from blogosphere!

Winnie and Jeremy at Go Curry Cracker talked about how convenient the convenience stores are in Taiwan. This is one thing I wish we could have more here in North America. Convenient stores are huge in Taiwan and Japan and you can just do about everything in these stores.


Krystal decides to go back to school for a management degree. It's awesome that her employer will pay for part of the degree. I looked into getting an MBA earlier this year but when I looked at the cost I immediately dropped the idea. Maybe I need to see if my employer will pay for part of the MBA too.


Tim talks about how the market is on sale now. He thinks that we pay too much attention to media and our emotions take the best of us during volatile times. We fear losing more than we enjoy gains, so we sale on emotion to try to stop the losses, instead of looking at the big picture. I can't agree more with what Tim said in the article.


Sam at Financial Samurai talks about losing weight and making money in the same article! He has a great idea on building wealth with a portable financial scale.


Frugal Hound is wearing lots of sweaters because the Frugalwoods are saving money by not turning on heat just yet. What an awesome strategy! We haven't turned on our heat either.


Joe at Retire by 40 wrote about 5 items not to skimp on. Living frugally is important but I truly believe there are times that you should pay a little extra to get good quality products. Doing so will save you money in the long run!


Henry at Living at Home talks about Work-Life Balance. I've been dealing with other project managers from other companies that definitely do not have a work-life balance. It's always shocking to receiving emails from them at 3 AM in their time zone and knowing that we have a conference call scheduled for 8 AM their time.


Asset-Grinder is killing it with his net worth update. His net worth dropped a little bit due to the stock markets but overall he's doing very well.


Rob wrote about How he and his mom make money online. This is definitely an interesting article for me to read. I haven't monetized this blog yet and I'm debating whether to do so or not.


Mark at My Own Advisor had an interview with Derek Foster, Canada's Youngest Retiree. Having read Derek's books on dividend investing, it's really inspiring to see where he is today.


Write Your Own Reality developed a dividend tracking calendar. Although I track our dividend income I don't go as extensive as Write Your Own Reality. Perhaps I should take a look in updating our dividend income spreadsheet to incorporate some ideas.


Canadian Couch Potato had a 2 part interview with Wealthsimple on a new type of financial advisor. Here's part 1 and part 2 of the interview. I think it's very neat to see more competitive financial services in Canada. That's great for us Canadians!


Mr. Money Mustache wrote about Credit Card Churning. It's neat to see this topic all over the PF blogosphere. I definitely want to spend more time learning about credit card churning and travel hacks.


Jason at Dividend Manstra wrote about Creating Your Own Miniature Berkshire Hathaway and I really enjoyed the article. I think the same ways as Jason, our dividend portfolio is like our miniature Berkshire Hathaway.


Have a great weekend everyone!

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  • Reply
    October 18, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Thanks for sharing these great weekend reads. I enjoyed http://blog.canadian-dream-free-at-45.com/2014/10/17/now-on-sale/ very much and his take on the media, hype and panic the ensues when the market declines. It's true that we all tend to get emotional, especially when we see portfolio values decline precipitously. I fully agree with his assessment.

    • Reply
      October 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      Hi DivHut,

      I really enjoyed the same article too! 🙂

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    My Own Advisor
    October 18, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Thanks for the mention and good luck with the move! (We have a devil cat as well 🙂

    All the best,

    • Reply
      October 18, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Hi Mark,

      LOL, our little cat isn't too devilish... maybe just when she wants food. 🙂

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    October 18, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Wow, thanks for the inclusion Tawcan! I certainly had a lot of fun building the spreadsheet, so I am glad you were able to snag some takeaways for your own tracking purposes.

    Enjoy your weekend, packing or not!

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      October 18, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Hi W2R,

      I love building spreadsheets too. It's nice to be able to track things more efficiently through spreadsheets.

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    Mrs. Frugalwoods
    October 18, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Thanks so much for including my post on no heat :)! Frugal Hound is quite fetching in her sweater, even if she doesn't agree with me. Good luck with the packing!

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      October 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Hi Mrs. Frugalwoods,

      T-Cat probably wouldn't be too happy if we put on a sweater on her. She has a lot of fur anyway so she'll survive in the cold.

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    October 18, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Nice collection of links....some interesting ones to check out.
    Always love the wisdom in Buffett's quotes!

    Exciting time to move to a new house...best wishes

    • Reply
      October 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Hi R2R,

      Thanks. Very exciting about moving to a new place. 🙂

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    Robb Engen
    October 18, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Thanks for the mention, Tawcan! Let me know if you have any questions about monetizing your site. I've been around the block a few times.

    Funny, my wife had a sad stuffed animal called T-Cat when she was little and still has it to this day.

    • Reply
      October 18, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      Hi Robb,

      I might have to take on your offer. Thanks! 🙂

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    Henry @ Living At Home
    October 18, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Thanks for the mention. Your cat is adorable as always!

    • Reply
      October 18, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      Thanks Henry. She's more like a dog than a cat most of the time. It's actually quite funny.

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    Dividend Mantra
    October 19, 2014 at 9:59 am


    Good luck on the move!! 🙂

    Appreciate you including me. Great roundup this week, with plenty of excellent articles.

    Hope you guys get to relax a little bit after the move.

    Best regards!

    • Reply
      October 20, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Dividend Mantra,

      No problem. We haven't moved yet but it would be nice to get settled down soon. Been living with boxes the last few weeks.

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    Special Agent Dividend
    October 19, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Best of luck on the move. The wife and I did our own move a few months ago, which is 6 moves in 3 different states in less than 4 years! I hate it but that's my career, but I should be settled for 3 more years or so until the next upheaval.

    Thanks for posting some good reads as well. Enjoy the final day of packing!

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      October 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Hi Special Agent Dividend,

      Thanks. We'll be busy moving this week. So exciting!

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