Weekend Reading – Holiday edition

Today is my last day of work before my much deserved week long vacation. I can’t wait to enjoy more family time with Mrs. T and Baby T!

This weekend we have a lot of things planned. Good friends of ours that moved down to San Francisco last year will be back in town for a short visit. It will be nice to talk to them in person and find out what life is like in SF. They just recently came back from a trip from New Zealand so that’s even more stuff to talk about.

On Sunday we’re sending Baby T to my parents so Mrs. T and I can go on a date. It has been a LONG time since we went out on a proper date. It will be nice to spend time just the two of us and not having to worry about Baby T. I’m sure he will have a lot of fun with Grandpa & Grandma T. 🙂


In case you missed it, here are some articles that I’ve written the last few weeks:

Creating a legacy – dividend portfolio for kid(s)

December dividend stock considerations

Recent Buy


Random picture of the day:
Chocolates that Mrs. T made for Christmas. She’s selling some to friends and families to make some extra money. 🙂


Without further ado, here are some blogs that I enjoyed reading the past few weeks:

Canadian Couch Potato explained what ECF Fees are and how to avoid them.

Kerry at SquawkFox summarized very well What the markets did in 2014 – the markets went up and down, up and down, up and down. Repeat that a few times.

Mr. 1500 wrote about his secret love with Tessa the Tile Tile Saw and how she has saved him tons of money since the purchase.

Marie at Boomer and Echo asks How do you define affordability. I think frugalist like me and read of the readers will a very different definition than someone who lives in the You Only Live Once (YOLO) model.

Young and Thrifty shared some tips on how to tour Amsterdam on a budget. Having to Amsterdam before I can say it’s not the cheapest city to be a tourist.

If you’re looking for super easy and affordable ideas for Christmas gift packages, look no further than Lauren’s post at Write Budget.

A good way to look at your dividend portfolio is to determine the revenue diversification as Sabeel at Roadmap2Retirem showed us.

Joe at Retire by 40 showed us why he and Mrs. RB4 are saving so much in their retirement accounts. I think it’s a great idea to save as much as you can to maximize the contribution limits in any retirement accounts.


Melissa at Prairie Eco Thrifter showed us Low Cost Ways to Enjoy Christmas with Kids. Christmas should mean spending quality times with the family, not expensive gifts. I really love the ideas that Melissa shared in the article.

Tim at Canadian Dream stated that he is digitizing all his paper files. Looking at our file cabinet at home, digitizing paper files seem like a great idea. This might be a rainy day project in the near future for us.

Holly asks How Long Do You Shop for Big Purchases? I don’t know about you but I certainly ponder for a few months before pulling the trigger on big purchases.

DivHut talks about Strengthen your portfolio with Dividend Iron and Steel. This was an interesting read for me since we don’t own any stocks in these sectors. Definitely something to look into in the near future.

Lanny and Bert at Dividend Diplomats shared their December watch list. It’s interesting to note that they both liked CM and and IBM.

Speaking of banks, DGI&R shared his thoughts on Canadian Western Bank dividend analysis. The fundamentals sure look good. Perhaps CWB.TO might be an interesting company to add to our dividend portfolio.

Jason at Dividend Mantra shared his thoughts on Marrying Budgets When You Marry. Unlike Jason, Mrs. T and I have a joint budget and joint bank accounts. This practice has kept our lives easier when it comes to financial side of things.

Like me, both Dividend Venture and Dividend Mongrel have achieved their annual dividend goals. Great job guys!

Sam at Financial Samurai wrote a piece on How your friends really do influence your spending habits. He has some good points in the article, definitely think twice before getting peer pressured doing something extravagant when you want to stay frugal.

Mrs. Frugalwoods shared How they live Frugally in the City. Lots good tips in the article to practice frugality even when living in expensive cities. Great stuff.

Mark at My Own Adviser states that The new savings rate is more than 10%. I think too many people think by saving 10% of their income they’re OK for retirement. While saving 10% is great, you really should aim to save more.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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  • Reply
    December 19, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks for the mention, T. I have taken M-W off as well, so looking forward to a week off work. Today feels like a really long day 🙂


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    December 19, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you for the DivHut mention. Much appreciated. Have a great weekend!

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    Captain Dividend
    December 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks for the list. Those chocolates look like marbles, i bet they taste a lot better though. :-p

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    My Own Advisor
    December 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Great reading list, will dive into many of these this weekend 🙂

    Happy to see I made the editors cut, thanks for the mention!

    Happy holidays,

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    Emily @ Simple Cheap Mom
    December 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks for the links, off to read about someone else’s love of their tile saw.

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    December 19, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Hope you enjoy your week off!

    Those chocolates look great, like they’re professionally made, though also rather like Christmas tree decorations!

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    Petrish @ Debt Free Martini
    December 19, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Have fun on date night. Its always nice to just get a break from the kids and spend some quality time. Have a good weekend.

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    Dividend Mantra
    December 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm


    Thanks for the mention!

    Having a great weekend over here. I hope you guys enjoy your date. 🙂

    Best regards.

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    Mr. Captain Cash
    December 20, 2014 at 3:23 am


    Looking forward to reading through this list over the weekend. Have a great week long vacation.

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    Mrs. Frugalwoods
    December 20, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Thanks so much for including my post–I really appreciate it! I hope you have a wonderful vacation and a great date night with Mrs. T 🙂

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    Tony @ Trading Slugger
    December 20, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Have fun. This weekend! The holiday season is all about spending time with loved ones and focusing on the truly important things in life

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    Dividend Diplomats
    December 21, 2014 at 7:24 am


    Always an honor to be a part of your site and mentioned here – HUGE thanks! This of course was another busy week for dividend investors, as well as pairing that up with month/quarter/year end close to the books! Can’t wait to see how everyone ended up doing and their goals for 2015! Thanks Tawcan, talk soon, keep it up!


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    Christine @ The Wallet Diet
    December 23, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Thanks for sharing Y&T’s post. I’m planning a trip to Amsterdam next year so this will be very helpful. Enjoy your time off!

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