September 2017 Dividend Income And Expenses

September was another extremely busy month for the Tako family.  Not only were we trying to get everything done before our big trip to Japan, but I took on some additional guest post writing in September.

I wrote these guest posts completely for free, because I like the people and the blogs involved.  A little extra exposure for Mr. Tako Escapes never hurts either!

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Why I Bought LUV

Have I completely lost my mind?  Despite writing a post back in February about why I won’t buy an airline, I went ahead and did it.  This month I purchased six hundred shares of Southwest Airlines with a little of our excess cash.

If you asked me 10 years ago if I’d ever make an investment in an airline, I would have told you “Hell no! I’m not stupid!”  Well, now I’m finally stupid enough to do it…

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June 2017 Dividend Income And Expenses

In my opinion, summer is the best of the four seasons. Some people might love winter for its snow, spring for its flowers, or fall for the beautiful colors, but I absolutely love summer!

Food prices are cheap, and produce is fresh. Temperatures are great for grilling, and spending time outdoors without wearing multiple layers of protective clothing is suddenly a very real possibility…

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Investing In Avocado Toast

When the stock market has a bad day, (like it did this Wednesday) do you feel bad about losing money? When the economy goes into recession and markets drop day-after-day, do you feel yourself getting depressed?

“Oh no! All that hard work, down the tubes! Years of savings destroyed by the uncaring stock market!”

This fear is what keeps people from investing, and actually achieving financial independence…

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Is Retail Dead?

Back when I was a kid in the 80’s and 90’s, the mall was the place to go on the weekends. I wasted tons of money at the mall, on stuff that no longer matters.

Sometimes I’d ride my bike to the mall on Saturday, and pick-up a new cassette tape. Or, maybe I’d buy new tennis shoes. If I didn’t have any money, the mall was just a place to “people watch” and kill time. It was the place to go to see or “be seen” for teens in the 80’s and 90’s…

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