Fears of Being a First Time Homeowner

My wife and I just purchased a house…it is still settling in.  I can’t believe I am taking the plunge into home ownership.  This is the largest asset we ever purchased, and it most likely will be the largest one for the remainder of our life.  Last week, I tried to give an in depth account of the purchase in an article. Some of our frustrations, how we stumbled on our house, and the bidding/acceptance process.  At the end of the article, I left a cliff hanger about some of the parts of being a first time homeowner that I am still struggling with.

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April Dividend Income from YOU the Bloggers!

Each month, the dividend blogging community continues to impress the two of us.   Some people are breaking records, some people are posting triple digit growth rates, and some bloggers are beginning their journey towards financial freedom.  Each blogger has their own journey, story, and method for accumulating a dividend income stream and it is a blast to watch and read about.   March’s summary was filled with great stories, and we are even more excited to see how the community built off of their successes in the first month of the second quarter.  Time to check out our April dividend income summary from YOU, the bloggers!

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Bert’s April Dividend Income Summary

Spring is finally in the air and the second quarter is well under.   Ah, the perfect time to sit down, relax, and review my dividend income figures from the last month.  It is always nice to see what changes your portfolio had over the last twelve months, which seems like a long period of time but somehow flies by.   Last month in our blogging community dividend income summary, we saw so many people producing crazy results, setting records, and setting the bar insanely high.  Now, it is time to see if I can follow the lead of all of you.  Time to check out my April dividend income summary!

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Bert’s March Dividend Stock Watch List

The first quarter is racing to a close here!  It has been over a month since my last stock purchase, T.Rowe Price Group, and I am starting to get the itch to buy again!  The market has presented a few opportunities that caught my eye over the last few weeks.  Here are the three stocks on my March watch list and hopefully you will be writing about another purchase article soon!

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Watching My Portfolio Cruise Past $100k

This post has been a long time coming.  Part of the reason I have waited so long to publish the fact that my individual portfolio has crossed the $100k mark is that i wanted to make sure that I was past this mark permanently.  Well, I finally reached that point last week and wanted to share with all of you that I had finally crossed $100k and am staring comfortably at a six figure individual stock portfolio.   I wanted to share some thoughts and observations from my journey to $100k with all of you

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Why I’ll Never Fix That Dent in My Car

Lanny and I have talked extensively about our disdain for owning a car, forking over a monthly payment for a depreciating asset, and dealing with all the random costs and annoyances that come with owning a car.   Well, a half a year ago, I caused some self inflicted damage to my car and have a massive dent to show for it.   This time, I drew a line in the sand and determined I am not spending my hard earned money for the repair!

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What Price Would You Pay For Revenge?

The holidays are a great time to share stories with your family.  Have you noticed that the best ones seem to come out of nowhere, when you least expect it?  Well, my mom definitely had me laughing for a while with two hilarious stories about financial revenge from her life and I can’t stop think about how funnier they are.  But they have me thinking…how much money would you pay for sweet revenge?

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