Weekly Roundup - July 26, 2014

Another week of being home for a while and then heading back to work.  Although I think I'm glad to be back at work so I can finally get some rest.  My wife and I were busy just about the whole time that I was home.  Saturday was spent painting, well picking up some small test paint samples and painting, and running errands.  Sunday we spent most of the day with my grandparents; giving my grandmother a break and helping out with my grandfather.  He's back home now but still has a ways to go.  Monday we ran some other errands that I can't even remember what we all we did and then bought a new car for my wife.  An Acura RDX if you're interested; a bit more expensive that I really wanted to spend on a vehicle but hers was old and starting to break down and she really wanted it.  We were debating between the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Acura RDX but went with the RDX because it drove better and had a few more features she wanted for about $5k more from the quote we got on the Santa Fe.  I figured since she has to deal with me being gone a lot she deserved a bit of a luxury in the meantime.  Tuesday we spent a solid 5.5 hours cleaning out our garage.  It was still a big mess from when we moved last year and it feels great to finally get it cleaned out and organized.  Then it was back to work.  So it was a pretty busy week in general.

I didn't get a lot of writing done but I'm looking forward to catching up and getting ahead on that this weekend and next week.  With vacation earlier this month and being quite busy I wasn't very active in adding to my portfolio the past few weeks.  Actually this whole month.  I was able to add to two positions on Friday and get back on the path of building up my dividend growth portfolio on my journey to financial independence.

Thanks again to everyone that stopped by, commented, and share posts from Passive-Income-Pursuit this past week.  Don't miss any of my posts by following me on Twitter@JC_PIP and signing up to receive new posts via email.

A quick list this week because I'm writing this early this morning after having to get up in the middle of the night for a bit of work.  Now on to the links!

Diversifying with multiple streams of income by Retire Before Dad

Why Warren Buffett built a perpetual income machine by The Conservative Income Investor

Investing wisdom from The Wire by Clear Eyes Investing

How investing performance affects savings rates by A Wealth of Common Sense

Building a snowball by Dividend Mantra

Surprise: The real cost of inversions are paid by shareholders by Dividend Growth Investor

Room to grow by Cashville Skyline

Fatherhood:  Still my favorite job by FI Journey

2014 semi annual dividend growth portfolio review by Dividend Growth Stock Investing

Ultimate credit card rewards update by Wallet Engineers

Have a great weekend!


  1. A new new car or a new used car??

    Thanks for putting us on the list! We've got a hell of an awesome article this week! Five years' worth of CC rewards data!

    1. WE,

      Unfortunately that would be a new car. We didn't need to make the purchase right away but I felt it was a good enough price so we went ahead and made the purchase. I know she's really happy with it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. JC,

    Thanks for the mention!

    Hope the RDX works out great. They're basically a Honda, which is a good thing.

    Have a great weekend.

    Best wishes!

    1. DM,

      No problem.

      Yeah I completely forgot that Acura's were just the Honda luxury brand. I really like the Honda cars and have never really had an issue with them. I currently own a Civic that's about 6 years old with 100k miles and have never had an issue with it. My mom has had an Accord and a Civic and just bought a CRV so she's sold on them too.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. JC,
    Congrats on the RDX purchase. Few interesting articles here for me to check out.


    1. DGJ,

      I don't know if congrats are in order. We just committed a large chunk of money to a depreciating asset, but I know my wife likes it and she should be keeping this for 8 years minimum.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. JC,
    Thanks for sharing my piece on income streams! Always very much appreciated. That is a nice purchase for your wife. I've bought Honda's but never Acura. Maybe in a few more years!

    1. RBD,

      I know she likes it a lot and since she keeps her cars for a while I'm fine with going with a slightly more expensive car. I've been very pleased with the 2 Honda's that I've owned so essentially getting another one is fine by me.

      Thanks for stopping by!


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