Welcome to my latest Weekend Reading edition – did you miss it last Friday?
If so, I had a good excuse. I was on vacation. That includes time away from work and the blog. Our vacation this winter was to Costa Rica, Tamarindo. This was our second trip to this country and we enjoyed it very much. It was a relaxing, beach-centric vacation for a week – exactly what we were looking for – although the neighbours woke us up each morning. That was more than fine by us.
Picture: howler monkey, our daily alarm clock around the corner.
It was a wild week of dividend increases, no less than seven stocks in our portfolio raised dividends while I was away. I admit it was nice getting a raise when you’re not working…
Picture: Tamarindo beach, where I was busy surfing.
The weather turned cold and nasty soon after we got home from vacation, so apparently winter isn’t done in Ottawa yet. Hopefully in another few weeks we can look forward to spring. Until then, I’ve some ideas for new material and a couple of book giveaways to launch on my site – including one later this weekend from a Millionaire Teacher – so stay tuned. I encourage you to share My Own Advisor as often as you can with others; your continued support is appreciated.
In case you missed them, here were my latest articles:
Thanks to this Stats Canada infographic you can compare how you stack up with other Canadians’ spending
For the most part you probably don’t need any more money advice
If you’re looking for a fat juicy tax refund that’s not ideal. If you get one however, especially from any big RRSP contributions, make sure you use the refund wisely. Here are my top tips for what to do with tax refunds.
Enjoy this reading list and see you here again next week.
Cait Flanders is on a mission to cut her business expenses in half.
Sean Cooper recently burned his mortgage. Congrats to him on that and his recent media tour to celebrate the launch of his first book. Stay tuned for a Burn Your Mortgage giveaway later this month.
How To Save Money shared some ways families can get a tax break.
Freedom Thirty Five Blog believes real estate remains affordable in Canada. I’m not convinced for some Canadians, especially in downtown Toronto or Vancouver, this is really true. Ottawa isn’t exactly cheap either.
Andrew Hallam discusses how Captain Kirk can help your retirement.
Sure Dividend highlighted The Coffee Can portfolio – the concept that you buy and hold a basket of blue chip stocks as long as possible. This is largely what I do although I do monitor my income holdings and I also own indexed products that cost next to nothing for extra diversification.
Canadian Budget Binder wrote about some financial sacrifices to help them become debt free.
Holy Potato wrote about planning before purchases. I agree with him and have mentioned as much many times on this site. Unfortunately most of the business world is not helping you in this. Few people make money when you don’t spend it; however some consumption and debt is important for trade.