Weekend Reading


The big news here in Canada this week is that all the Canadian banks reported great quarterly results and many of them raised their dividends. Since we own quite a number of Canadian banking stocks in our dividend portfolio, we are loving these dividend raises!

Earlier this week I shared my dining in complete darkness experience and compared it with investing in the stock market. I also wrote a piece on momentary sacrifices and financial independence.

And just in case you’re heading to Costco this weekend for a shopping trip, you might want to check out my article on how to survive a shopping trip to Costco.

Are you looking to start dividend investing and need some tips? Look no further than here.


Here are some awesome articles from the blogosphere that I really enjoyed reading.

It’s officially tax season and Mark at My Own Advisor shared tax tips that every Canadian should know about. I can’t believe I almost forgot about the home buyer’s tax credit!

Jason at Dividend Mantra shared his thoughts on why it’s important to keep it simple when it comes to dividend investing, and how this simple concept has helped him sleeping like a baby at night.

If you’re doing Norbert’s Gambit to save currency conversion rate in non-registered account, you will want to watch out for the taxable consequences as Dan at Canadian Couch Potato pointed out.

Dividend Guy shared 4 US stocks for your RRSP portfolio. I would love to own Disney in the near future.

Steve at Kapitalust shared his thought on using earnings yield as a simple valuation screening technique.

Ryan at My Dividend Growth analyzed Deere & Company. I would love to own DE in the near future too.

Emily at Simple Cheap Mom stated that early retirement extreme isn’t their goal.

Dividend Growth Investor asks is ethical dividend growth investing possible? He has some very good points in the article that you should consider.

Sam at Financial Samurai breaks down if you should invest in oil stocks or not.

Mrs. Frugalwoods shared 11 ways to be a frugal weirdo and love it. I truly believe that figure out what you want in life is one of the most important things to determine as you move toward financial independence.

Even Steven shared his thoughts on early retirement blueprint. Great breakdown.

Since I’m a spreadsheet nerd, I loved J. Money’s article on early retirement/financial freedom spreadsheet where he shared two different spreadsheets that can calculate when you’ll reach financial freedom. Since the spreadsheet does not include dividend income, I’m slowly working on a different version to incorporate more parameters. Stay tuned!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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  • Reply
    Dividend Mantra
    February 26, 2015 at 11:36 pm


    Thanks for including me!

    Hope you have a great weekend over there. I’m ahead on my writing this week, so I might take Friday off and make it a three-day. We’ll see.

    Best regards!

    • Reply
      February 27, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Hi Dividend Mantra,

      It’s awesome that you have full control of your “work” schedule. Have a good weekend.

  • Reply
    My Own Advisor
    February 27, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Thanks for the mention Tawcan. It’s getting warmer in Ottawa, it could be -10 Deg. C today 🙂

    All the best,

    • Reply
      February 27, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Hi Mark,

      Oh man still -10 degree C? The cherry trees are already blossoming here in Vancouver. 😀

  • Reply
    Mr. 1500
    February 27, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Thanks for the mention, much appreciated!

    Have a fantastic weekend and don’t get trampled in a Costco Taquito stampede! It just isn’t worth it.

    • Reply
      February 27, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Mr. 1500,

      We’re avoiding Costco weekend stampede at all cost as well.

  • Reply
    February 27, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I was loving those Canadian bank raises as well, Tawcan. It’s such a good sign 🙂 These are some fantastic links to check out, and I really enjoyed your posts over the week. Thanks for linking to Ben’s guest post on my site, very much appreciated! I hope you have a great weekend!

    • Reply
      February 27, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Ryan,

      Definitely a good sign that Canadian banks raise the dividends. The announcements just increased our forward looking dividend by quite a bit. Have a great weekend yourself too.

  • Reply
    Even Steven
    February 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for including me in your weekend reading, by the way really like the How to start dividend investing post, I’ve been thinking about this very topic recently.

    • Reply
      February 27, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Even Steven,

      Getting started with dividend investing is quite straight forward. Definitely spend more time looking into it. Have a great weekend.

  • Reply
    Mrs. Frugalwoods
    March 1, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Great list of posts here, Tawcan! Thanks so much for including me–I appreciate it :). Beware the Costco hordes indeed!

    • Reply
      March 2, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      Hi Mrs. Frugalwood,

      Hope the snow isn’t keeping you inside too much so you had a great weekend.

  • Reply
    Emily @ Simple Cheap Mom
    March 1, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I just saw this now, thanks for the mention!

  • Reply
    March 1, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Appreciate the shout out – thanks Tawcan!

  • Reply
    J. Money
    March 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Glad you liked the spreadsheets! Make sure to send me it once it’s edited so I can include on the list for others to be helped 🙂

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