Weekend Reading – BBQ Grilling edition

The weather is getting nicer and nicer here in Vancouver. I actually sat outside in a short sleeve shirt for lunch all week this week. It’s time to bring out the BBQ and start some BBQ-ing! I love this time of the  year, the temperature is getting warmer and day time is getting longer. Things are even better this year because the Vancouver Canucks are in the NHL playoffs! Go Canucks go!

I told myself at the beginning of the week that I’d go and work out in the company gym at least twice. But things got crazy again at work and here I am, still haven’t stepped inside the gym for over 1.5 week. Luckily between chasing after Baby T and going for walks during the week, I managed to get a small amount of exercise in. This needs to change next week. It will be good to get back to the 2 or 3 times a week working out at the gym routine again.

In other news, did you see the new Star Wars trailer? Let’s forget about frugality and keeping entertainment cost to a minimum for now… Please just take my money now!

Here are some great personal finance blog articles I really enjoyed reading:

FI Fighter wrote about Embrace Aging: Things Get Better Over Time. As a fellow engineer, I really enjoyed reading this article.

Robb at Boomer and Echo wrote about 9 Money Myths That Experts Wish You’d Stop Believing.

J. Money reminds us that Freedom > Money > Stuff. Definitely a good reminder that freedom provides us with way more options.

Holly provided some tips on How to Go On Vacation without Losing Your Mind. Clean your house before vacation is a great tip.

Jason at Dividend Mantra reminded us Active Versus Passive: A Dollar Isn’t A Dollar. Passive income like dividends get taxed at much lower rate than active income. That’s why I like dividend income so much.

Nelson at Financial Uproar explained why Whining About Taxes is Stupid. Can’t agree more. It important to remember that we Canadians get taxed at marginal rate, taxes that we pay will fund the social benefits/programs.

Team Go Curry Cracker explained How to Retire in Your 30s. A great summary on what we all need to do to achieve financial independence at an early age. I believe Mr.s T and I are already doing all the things listed. 🙂

The Dividend Guy is now doing a 12 Month Countdown to Financial Freedom! How cool! I’m sure I will be following Mike’s progress.

Mark at My Own Advisor listed After the golden rule of personal finance follow these ones. Great tips Mark!

Mr. Money Mustache wrote why Early Retirement is an Impossible Dream for Most. I think the minority is definitely growing from the amount of early retirement/financial independence blogs I read regularly.

Will reminds me why Your Net Worth Shouldn’t Matter when it comes to spending. A dollar spent by a millionaire is the same as a dollar spent by someone who’s living pay cheque to pay cheque.

Barry at Money We Have wrote about Peer-To-Peer Lending Comes to Canada. I’ve read lots about P2P lending in the states but haven’t discovered any here in Canada. This could be a game changer when it comes to increase our passive income stream. I need to spend some time doing more investigation.


Have a great weekend everyone. Go Canucks go!


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  • Reply
    Dividend Mantra
    April 17, 2015 at 6:29 pm


    I’m also VERY excited about the new SW movie. Looks awesome. I’ll gladly pay the $22 or whatever for two movie tickets. 🙂

    Thanks for the mention. Have a great weekend over there!


    • Reply
      April 20, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Hi Dividend Mantra,

      We had an excellent weekend. Star Wars certainly look very exciting. Can’t wait.

  • Reply
    Captain Dividend
    April 17, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks for the links. Best of luck to your Canucks, that is unless by some miracle my St.Louis Blues don’t get eliminated and meet them in the playoffs.

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched that trailer but I had a similar reaction to it that Michal Mcconaughey had in this video .. 😮

    • Reply
      April 20, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      LOL that’s a good one. Well I hope the Canucks can turn things around. 🙂

  • Reply
    Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank
    April 17, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Tawcan,

    I am amazed with the Star Wars trailer. I can’t wait to watch it! We’re still eight months away from the release of Star Wars.

    Taw, it seems like you enjoyed many posts by other bloggers. I liked the post of Team Go Curry Cracker that explained How to Retire in Your 30s.

    Cheers! It’s almost spring.

    • Reply
      April 20, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Hi Jayson,

      I can’t believe we won’t be able to see the movie until Christmas. The wait is brutal. 🙂

  • Reply
    Mr Zombie
    April 18, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Hi Tawcan,

    Star Wars is going to be mind blowing.

    It’s getting nicer and nicer, weather wise here in the UK as well. More and more time on the bike, love it!

    Thanks for the links, so great reads. Like Jayson above I thought the Go Curry Cracker article was superb. a great reminder how simple it really is. Spend less, save the excess and let compounding work for you. Done! 😀

    Mr Z

    • Reply
      April 20, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Hi Mr Zombie,

      It’s amazing how achieving FI can be so simple if you keep doing the right things.

  • Reply
    April 18, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I’m really excited about the Star Wars movie and almost shed a tear when I saw the Millennium Falcon in the trailer!

    I do think going to the cinema is really expensive these days but with certain movies, there can only be one way to watch them and that’s on the big screen!

    Have you seen the Nippon Airways Star Wars promotion? Love it – https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/flights/2015/04/17/all-nippon-airways-unveils-star-wars-themed-boeing-787-dreamliner/25923781/

    • Reply
      April 20, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Hi weenie,

      Definitely agree that going to cinema is kinda expensive but some movies should be watched on the big screen. I recall watching Kill Bill on a tiny 14″ screen during my university days and I was like “meh.” Then I watched it again on the big screen and I was like “Damn!”

  • Reply
    My Own Advisor
    April 18, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    I can’t wait for the SW movie!!!!

    Should be epic.

    Thanks for the mention Tawcan and enjoy that warm weather!

    • Reply
      April 20, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Hi Mark,

      I think Disney should do quite well with these upcoming movie releases. Time to invest in Disney?

  • Reply
    Mr. FSF
    April 19, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Great to see that there are many other on the FIRE journey that love Star Wars! Cool trailer for sure, let’s hope that the movie does not disappoint.

    There are some real gems of articles in those links you provided, read several during the past week. Thanks for the overview!

    • Reply
      April 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Hi Mr. FSF,

      I’m trying to not set too much expectations for the movie. I find when I set my expectation too high I get disappointed by the movie.

  • Reply
    Barry @ Moneywehave.com
    April 19, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks for the shout out.

    Seems like P2PL is starting to get bigger in Canada, I just had another company message me to tell me they will be online soon. To be an investor though it’s a little more complicated.

    • Reply
      April 20, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      Hi Barry,

      That’s interesting to hear P2P lending is getting bigger. Hopefully that’ll pave the way for easier investing in P2P lending in the future.

  • Reply
    Robb Engen
    April 19, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks for the mention, Tawcan. Star Wars looks amazing!

  • Reply
    Dividend Hustler
    April 19, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Hey Tawcan. I nominated you for the Liebster award. Check it out.

    • Reply
      April 20, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      Hi Dividend Hustler,

      Thanks will check it out. 🙂

  • Reply
    FI Fighter
    April 22, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Thanks for the mention! Hope you had a great weekend!

  • Reply
    Sean O'Connor
    April 24, 2015 at 4:32 pm


    Glad to see you are interested in P2P lending! I see you’re a Vancouverite – please feel free to come by the Grouplend office (Hastings & Seymour); it would be great to meet you and talk a little bit more about this exciting new industry 🙂


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