Weekly Roundup - August 2, 2015

Quick update this week because Luke has decided to keep the doctors scratching their heads once again.

One article that really stuck with me this week was on Business Insider.  It's about a guy that has completely broken free from societal norms and does what he enjoys.  He works 6 months each year then spends the rest of the year living on $10 a day and biking around the world.   Sounds awesome if you ask me although a little harder to implement with a wife and child in tow.

"I like to romanticize the ideals of being out on your own and that ultimate freedom of not having any ties. I understand that you need to have some ties — we can't go directly back to that. At this point we've gone too far. And I'm not one to get held up in a mountain like a hermit. I like my internet and I love Instagram and all that stuff — I love Whole Foods. There are plenty of modern conveniences that I love." - UltraRomance

You can read the full article here.
I've got enough available capital to make 2-3 purchases and I'm looking forward to doing just that. Here's some of the companies I'm looking at adding to during August: Union Pacific, 3M, Toronto-Dominion, T. Rowe Price Group, and  Johnson & Johnson.  I know my plan is to not add too many more companies to my portfolio but there's some other intriguing options available right now with J.M. Smucker (although not so much now that the share price has climbed up over $110), Caterpillar, Eaton, and BlackRock.  What companies have you been buying or are on your watchlist?  Are any of these companies on your watchlist?

In case you missed them, here's the post from this past week.
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Once again I'd like to say thanks to each and every one of you that read, commented, and shared posts from here this past week.  I think this dividend growth investing and financial independence community is amazing and the openness from everyone is awesome.  Thanks again!

Now on to the links!

How I manage my dividend portfolio by Dividend Growth Investor

Five reasons why Florida might be the best state to seek out and achieve early retirement by Dividend Mantra

Part 3: How I became a millionaire at age 30 (The Red Pill) by FI Fighter

August 2015 Stock Considerations by DivHut

2015 Forward Dividends Update Milestone by Dividend Hustler

Two industrial stocks I recently bought by Retire Before Dad

Diversifying your portfolio of life by Islands of Investing

What's your lifetime wealth ratio by Retire By 40

Also, if you're looking for investment ideas, A Frugal Family's Journey keeps a list of stock analyses and recent buys from fellow bloggers.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Image courtesy of Gubgib on FreeDigitalPhotos.net.


  1. Hey JC. Thank you for the mention. I can't wait to see what you decide on buying! For myself, I'm gonna buy more Canadian banks this month. The yield on all of them are wicked. over 4 percent. With the headwinds, and the supposed " Housing Bubble " , I believe they continue to be good value plays. I'm gonna buy more CIBC, TD, BNS, BMO, RY. LOL... yea I know too many.
    Thanks for sharing and I wish you and your family the best. Take care.

  2. JC,

    Thanks for the mention!

    Have fun shopping in August. I'll be right alongside you buying up as much as my cash flow allows. :)

    That BI link resulted in a 404, but I Googled for it. Pretty interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing. I think a lot of us are aiming for that same kind of freedom, but I'd rather have the permanent kind rather than having to go back to work every six months.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    Best regards.

  3. Thanks for mentioning my post JC, appreciate it! That article sounds pretty interesting, I'm keen to check it out - love the inspiration of people breaking free from societal norms!

  4. Thanks for the mention JC!

    I appreciate it!

    With all the energy weakness, I hope your work is not affected too much!


  5. Great list of articles that you mentioned. Will have to read some of them that I missed during my week of browsing. Hope you had a great weekend.

  6. Missed that FI Fighter post - thanks for linking it - was a great read!

  7. Hi JC

    Thanks for the list of articles, the FI Fighter was an interesting read, and wouldn't have spotted it I it wasn't for your roundup


  8. A great list of reads from some of my favorite DGI bloggers. Thanks for sharing.


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