December 2019 Expenses And Dividend Income

Oh what a difference a month makes!  Back in November the Tako family was blowing the doors off our regular monthly budget due to the purchase of a “new to me” car.  Weak dividend income in November didn’t exactly help our cash-flow situation either.

December was a complete turn-around story however.  It marked a return to normal spending and a chance for our cash to replenish itself with a very dividend heavy month.

How great was our December?  Read on to find out!

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The Holiday Aftermath: A Mixed Financial Bag

Happy New Year!  It’s been two weeks since I last posted anything on this blog! Wow!  Has it been that long already?

As usual around the holiday season, I take a break from blogging to spend time with my family.  It’s all about spending time with the wife and kids, and a whole lot less time spent thinking about money and finance! On that front, I think the holidays were a success..

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Story Stocks And When To Buy Them

Well, it’s time.  The holiday season is upon us!  It’s time of parties, good food, and plenty of socializing and celebrating.  Inevitably, I find myself invited to a few of these holiday parties every year.

My modus operandi at holiday parties tends to consist of standing around with a party-plate filled with snacks, being chatted-up by people I’ve never met…

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Izakaya Cucumbers

If I had to pick my favorite kind of restaurant on this planet, I would probably pick an Izakaya.  Not the smoky drinking-dens of yesteryear, but the newer and more vibrant version that serves delicious food at reasonable prices.

Izakaya’s are a form of Japanese restaurant that serve up small plates of delicious food to be shared.  In addition to the food, they serve also alcohol and other drinks to patrons in need of refreshment…

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November 2019 Expenses And Dividend Income

November was something of a rough month for the Tako family.  We all caught a bad cold and were feeling “under the weather” for most of the month.  It wasn’t a pleasant sight.  The family went through literal truckloads of tissue.

I’ll spare you the disgusting details, but there were actually a couple of days when I didn’t even bother to get out of bed in November.  I was that sick…

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10 Great Investing Blogs To Read

This time of year it seems to get progressively harder and harder to sit down and write a blog post.  Firstly, there’s the holiday’s vying for my time — Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are the primary offenders.  There’s also parties, celebrations, and family gatherings that fill-up the days surrounding the holidays too!  Certainly no time for writing then!

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Waiting for Patience

Patience is a theme I often write about here on this blog… mainly because I tend to write a lot about investing.  As we all know, investing is one of those activities in life that requires large amounts of patience in order to be really successful at it.

Here’s the thing though — I’m not an inherently patient person.  Patience does not come to me naturally.  I’m actually pretty bad at waiting for things in general…

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Mr. Octopus Gets A New Car

There’s a popular saying about cars… One that reaches a level of truth that bares repeating here.

“Once you go hatchback, you never go back.”

I certainly tried for 13 years to drive a small sedan.  I tried.  I really did!  But the siren son of ‘the hatch’ and those acres of storage space eventually called to me in a deeply practical way.  Yep, it’s true!  I finally bought a new car!

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