Why Dividend Investing is not passive investing.

In the interest of full disclosure we are primarily dividend investors as our name suggests, we have a large collection of over 120 dividend paying stocks which we have accumulated over a few years that provide one large cog in our diversified income generating machine. We are very much committed to the concept of dividend growth investing and as a result it has helped us to get to the...
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Going car free – the best decision we ever made.

At some point in history the motor vehicle transitioned from being a basic A to B mode of transportation that gave you the freedom to go places that public transportation could never reach to a status symbol to impress your peers or neighbors and demonstrate how well you are progressing in life. This really is the point where it all went wrong and we all seemingly allowed ourselves to get sucked...
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Albufeira review and budget

Albufeira. As this was our first venture into the world of slow traveling in a pure tourist destination we had some reservations about how it was going to be, would we blow through the entire months' budget in the first week like we were tourists on vacation? Admittedly we did loosen the purse strings a little for the first week because of Valentines day, allowing ourselves some mini splurges at...
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Happiness is….the end of our Peer to Peer lending foray.

Initially the world of peer to peer lending excited us, we saw this as a good opportunity to get in on the loans business and provide us with another cog to our passive income machine. At first glance it looked to tick a lot of the boxes and we always love an opportunity to learn something new and different. In accordance with the Lending Club recommendations we invested in the advised $25 bite...
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Why we shamelessly love Lidl

Before we proceed with this blog post we must take a moment to note that Lidl aren't paying us anything to say this, this post is not sponsored by them, we are not employees and we aren't investors unless you count buying the products that they sell. It's simply a straightforward observation post based on our experiences. Having spent the last 14 years in the USA we seem to have really missed...
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Three month post-FIRE update – Life on the other side of the FI mountain.

Since we're now approaching the 3 months marker beyond FIRE, we thought it might be a good time to give an update on where we're up to and what life is like on the opposite side of the mountain that a lot of bloggers out there look to be climbing. The Engineer in us also wants to take a look at the blog and understand it's purpose and try to define what it exactly is we are trying to achieve. We...
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