Weekend Reading

It’s nice to know that Family Day long weekend is upon us. Here in BC, the Family Day long weekend is one week ahead of rest of Canada. It also happens to be one week ahead of the US Presidents’ Day. This was done to avoid long lineups on the ski hills. Unfortunately here in Vancouver lower mainland, we have been hit by the pineapple express, so there’s not much snow on the local mountains (there’s a reason why Vancouver is called Raincouver…). Up in Whistler the situation is similar as well, the snow base is much much lower than the past winter years. Hopefully we will get some snow soon, not just for skiing fun but for water reserves this summer.

This week I shared some of the recent stock purchases that we made. I also shared our story on how we started with dividend investing.

I have a few blog article ideas in my mind for next week. I hope to write a few articles to elaborate our dividend investment journey. For now I’ll leave you with some excellent articles that I came across on other blogs.

Nelson asks should your retirement plans assume no CPP? For me I consider CPP as the “extra” play money too. I’d rather rely on myself than the government when it comes to my own retirement.

FI Fighter states that we should put the clamps on greed. Great points!

Dividend Growth Investor outlined six quality dividend companies for the long term investors. JNJ is the only stock on the list that we current own in our dividend portfolio. We would love to add the other 5 companies in our portfolio.

No More Waffle explained three rookie mistakes that people make in the quest for financial independence. It was great to get reminded on these common mistakes.

Joe at Retire By 40 shared his thoughts on finances in your 30s. As someone who is in his early 30’s, Joe definitely hit me on the head with his points.

Jason at Dividend Mantra explained that freedom exists on a spectrum. Financial independence is definitely not a finish line that you cross one day.

Financial Samurai reflected how investing in a hedge fund saved his retirement portfolio. I haven’t tried hedge fund yet, so it was interesting reading Sam’s first hand experience.

Barry at Money We Have shared common credit card benefits. Since we pay our credit card balance in full every month, I am all for taking advantage of credit card benefits. My favorites are travel and cash rewards.

Go Curry Cracker explained their cash flow management in early retirement. As someone who aims for early retirement, this post was a great eye opener for me.

J. Money asks what’s your biggest guilty pleasure. It was interesting to see that after 20 minutes of pondering he had a hard time naming his guilty pleasures.

Young at Young and Thrifty wrote a book review on Kevin O’Leary’s book – The Cold Hard Truth on Men, Women, and Money. I have since added this book on my to-read list.

Mrs. Frugalwood shared their frugal weirdo’s Anti-Valentine’s Day manifesto. Since married to Mrs. T, I’ve learned to not take our marriage for granted and put it on auto-pilot. Your marriage is definitely something that you should work on every day. 🙂

Have a good weekend everyone!

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  • Reply
    February 6, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    I hope you have a nice weekend, really enjoyed your posts over the week! I had never heard of Family Day or pineapple express before this, very interesting. I’ll be wishing for some snow to come your way. Thanks for the reads 🙂

    • Reply
      February 10, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Ryan,

      We had a great weekend but a bit too much rain. No snow. 🙁

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    February 6, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    TIL that pineapple express is also a meteorological term and not just a movie name 🙂 You can have all the snow from us….we got dumped really bad over the past couple of weeks….I am sick of shoveling our driveway every other day.

    Thanks for putting the list together….some nice articles listed that I intend to read over the wknd.

    • Reply
      February 10, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Hi R2R,

      Haha yes not just a movie name. Would love to get some snow from you guys here.

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    J. Money
    February 6, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for the shout 🙂 Great articles up there – have read at least half of them!

    • Reply
      February 10, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Hi J. Money,

      You’re welcome, thanks for dropping by.

  • Reply
    February 6, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks Tawcan!

    We haven’t been on the slopes in a couple years. One of these days we’d like to rent a ski-in/ski-out place and get season passes, and just live on the mountain for a winter

    • Reply
      February 10, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Jeremy,

      Ski-in/ski-out places are best, you can do so much. Make sure you have a place with a hot tub. Now that’s luxury.

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    Dividend Mantra
    February 7, 2015 at 12:33 am


    Thanks for including me up there. Great list of links.

    For some reason, I haven’t run into any ski slopes down here in Florida. 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

    Best regards.

    • Reply
      February 10, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Hi Dividend Matnra,

      You probably can water ski in Florida better. 😀

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    Mrs. Frugalwoods
    February 7, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Thanks so much for including me, Tawcan! I really appreciate it.

    Would you like some of our Boston snow ;)? We have tons and more is predicted!

    • Reply
      February 10, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Hi Mrs. Frugalwoods,

      Please tell the snow gods to pass some snow over here. 🙂

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    FI Fighter
    February 7, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks for the mention, I appreciate it! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply
    February 7, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    That is a long list of reading! I think I have read quite a few, but need to check out the rest.

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    No More Waffles
    February 8, 2015 at 5:06 am


    Thank you for including me in this great list of articles, means a lot to me. And thank you for sharing, hadn’t read everything on your list.

    I hope you have a great weekend,

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    Financial Underdog
    February 8, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    It’s funny, only because of your post I realized it’s the long weekend! Thanks for the heads up, an extra day off! 🙂 It’s like finding a left over fry in the bag…

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    February 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I have read some of them and will have to read through the others. I will be reading the three rookie mistakes first Haha.


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    Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank
    February 9, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Hi again Tawcan. Thanks for all the article suggestions! I love the article of Joe at Retire By 40, which I can really relate to because I am about to hit 40 in less than three years. Yay! I can feel I am being challenged.

    • Reply
      February 10, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Jayson,

      Joe’s article is great and definitely hit me in the head. I need to do more thinking about my own career. 🙂

  • Reply
    February 9, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Hi Tawcan

    Thanks for sharing great lists of articles there.

    I miss the North up there 😀

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