May 2021 Dividend Income And Expenses

With most of the population in Washington state getting vaccinated by the end of May, things have finally started to open back up again.  The pandemic is subsiding here, and it seems like life is (slowly) returning to normal.  

As you might expect, our travel adventures resumed in May as well.  We took full advantage of the fine May weather, and went camping on Washington’s coast, near a small town called Ocean Shores…

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Homemade Jerky Time!

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a post about snack foods.  Over the years, I’ve written a number of different blog posts about making snack foods, but for some reason I haven’t written a new one in years.

Go figure!

In the past, I’ve written about the low-cost snacking wonder that is popcorn, and how incredibly good DIY salsa can be.  Both are great snacks that can be healthy and ultra affordable… as long as you skip the over-priced commercial products…

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Garlic Chili Edamame

When it comes to Japanese cuisine, most people will encounter it at their local Japanese restaurant.  Serving up the classics like sushi, ramen, gyoza, miso soup, and edamame, most of these “Westernized” restaurants aren’t actually all that good.

Which is too bad, because Japanese cuisine is actually way WAY better than that.

Unfortunately traveling to Japan for some good eats isn’t possible, due to COVID-19…

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January 2021 Dividend Income And Expenses

Another month another dollar.  That’s how I like to think about these regular monthly reports anyway.  Every month we turn the crank one more time on the Wealth Machine.  While our net worth actually increases a whole lot more than $1 in a single month, I like to think in simple terms — Dollars at a time.

It’s the KISS principle applied to wealth building!

Turning the crank means saving, investing those extra dollars, and then compounding any additional value…

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December 2020 Dividend Income And Expenses

Happy New Year!  It’s no secret that I’ve had this blog on ‘pause’ for the past few weeks.  I took some time off from writing to enjoy the Christmas and New Year’s holidays with the family.  It’s been fun.  I’ve spent a lot of time with the kids, playing board games, and ‘helping’ them test out their new toys.  There’s also been plenty of socializing (virtually) with friends and family over Zoom. 

It’s certainly been a very different Holiday season (to say the least), but we still managed to have a good one!

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November 2020 Dividend Income And Expenses

If I’m being perfectly honest, November is really NOT my favorite month.  Where we live in the Pacific Northwest, November tends to be extremely wet, cold and dark.  This is usually not very conducive to a positive mental attitude.  With only the Thanksgiving holiday, there aren’t even many holiday’s to look forward to in November.

This November was especially difficult, because like many other people we mostly stayed home due to the pandemic.  I was feeling a little down to be quite frank…

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5 Years Of Freedom

While I’m not normally a nostalgic person, October marked something of a major milestone in the life of Mr. Tako.  This was my fifth year of freedom from the corporate world!

Although my blog was started back in December of 2015, my last day of work at a “corporate” job was September 30th, 2015.  It took me a few months of unemployment before I finally decided to start writing the blog you see here today.

It’s been an interesting 5-year journey to say the least.  Filled with all the ups and downs, and strange fluids you might expect from raising two kids…

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