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  • Should You Delay Social Security Benefits?  [View instapost]
    Dave and C,
    Thanks for the tips, it sounds like it can be done! Linda
    May 28, 2013. 01:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should You Delay Social Security Benefits?  [View instapost]
    Dave, being the housewife is hard work, the trick is to not turn on the TV. I will be unemployed at the end of June. I have decided to make a list and get in a routine of staying busy. I have never been on a cruise, but, my cousin asked if I would go on one. I told her at least one to see if I like it. My aunts and uncles are addicted and they told me I need to try it, so will see. I would like to drive all the way to Alaska. How many days would that take from Texas?
    May 28, 2013. 10:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should You Delay Social Security Benefits?  [View instapost]
    David, head west, young man! She could bring a friend and follow in a car. I would do it while you can, leave this world with no regrets. One thing I learned from my husband(7 yrs older), make the most out of every minute. There is nothing you can't learn or try. I was a single mom with 2 kids, he with none and he had done every adventure before we got married that he wanted to do. I, on the other hand, had neither the money or time to miss from work. He greatly improved our lives in every way and we were enjoying the freedom of having kids grown and starting the next phase of our life. You and your wife's situation is similar to ours, perhaps you could persuade her by telling her all the benifits that would come from you being home more; washing, cooking, cleaning, running errands for her! Good luck, and have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! I am heading to Big Bend, never been there, one more item off the Bucket List, Woohoo!
    May 24, 2013. 07:24 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should You Delay Social Security Benefits?  [View instapost]
    David, good read and lots of questions to ponder! Spouse/widow benefits start at age 60, unless underage children. I checked the widow benefits on the social security site and the percentage increases with every year the widow delays. Like you, I will probably have to have my CPA figure out the best plan of action, regarding taxes and my pension, and if I should collect his till 70 and then switch to mine. However, after my husband passed away at 56, it has given me thought as to enjoy life a little more between now and 70, while I still have the physical ability to do physical activities. Losing a spouse at a young age changes the viewpoint. Thanks again for all the hard work and research, I look forward to your next blog.
    May 24, 2013. 10:41 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • What Stocks Are Most Commonly Held By Dividend Growth Investors? [View article]
    Stocks I own on list:
    mo, t, intc, vz, wag

    Stocks I own not on your list:
    csco, cop, ge, psx, swy, vlo

    Apr 18, 2013. 11:09 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investing And The Reluctant Spouse [View article]
    Thank you Cheryl, and sorry for making you cry! Miz is right, small hardware stores(Ace) I think offer the service. My husband like yours kept mine deadly sharp. He probably would frown on me sharpening knifes, having the klutz gene. It made him nervous enough just me using the ones he sharpened. I'm bad about using the same one for everything forever, so I probably got a couple of years before they are all dull, LOL. I agree on your other point, you can be strong, independent, confidant and take care of all aspects of your life, but no preparation will remove the fog or insecurity of losing the one person in the whole world you trust. I carried a tool bag in my trunk, for the last 15 years, so I could repair things at my moms, my rental property, or on the road. Luckily I had plenty of people that stepped up and picked up the slack. I'm sure my family has wondered just how long it was going take me to recover from the "sucker punch." You hang tough, I am, I'm sure yours and mine would want us to be sure and strong again.
    Thank you Joni, Best wishes, Linda
    Apr 6, 2013. 09:20 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investing And The Reluctant Spouse [View article]
    Cheryl, so sorry for your loss. I too lost my husband 2 years ago. Had prepped my kids for the event that I would go before him, who knew. I handled all the money. I remember one day before he got sick going to the bank to deposit my check, and I told him, he needed to learn how to deposit his check off the debit card they put his on, and he started laughing and said he would do direct deposit(which he was against) if something happened to me. He was amused to tears, I told him I would haunt at least every other Friday. He taught me a lot, and I am to figure out a fair price for repairs, even though we did our own. He tried to teach me the computer, and I pick up a little, but when it crashes, I'm sure it his spirit helping me get back running, because I don't have that much luck or knowledge. I am grateful he taught my son how to fix cars and home repairs. I look at my knifes in my butcher block and I think, what do I do when they need to be sharpened? It is the little things that will make you cry. It is a blessing to be or have been in good working marriage. I think it is stronger when couples can maximize weaknesses and strengths, together, as partners. We never know when the end will come..So everyone hug your spouse today! Best wishes, Linda
    Apr 5, 2013. 09:54 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investing And The Reluctant Spouse [View article]
    Bob, another great article! I agree with you on everything, one of the most important points being, keep a log book of passwords and accounts...and don't forget to write the answers to those security questions, kids and spouse might not know the answers. I hope one or both of my kids will eventually learn what to do with my investments, if I can't. Its something to ponder! You could post the recipe of the week at the end of your articles, yum! Best Wishes! Linda
    Apr 4, 2013. 11:46 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Walgreen: Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now? [View article]
    Great article Eli, and once agian I hear that song in my head. I too, have watched nice run ups on WAG, and Swy. You could always trim a little and wait for a pull back and add more on a dip. I think it is a keeper for the long run, but a trim of profits is ok. Best of luck.
    Mar 15, 2013. 10:26 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • J&J Snack Foods: A Bite-Sized Company With Room To Grow [View article]
    Phil, I agree with you on the company image. Cream soda- I would go collect all the empty soda bottles at the homes being built and turn them in at the store for a dreamsicle and cream soda when I was a kid. My daughter brought an icee home from Burger King last night for me, didn't know they sold them there, they are getting easier to find. Best of luck.
    Mar 15, 2013. 09:47 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • J&J Snack Foods: A Bite-Sized Company With Room To Grow [View article]
    Phil, I will put the Luigi's Real Italian Ice on my list of try it out. I have been drinking them Icees since I was a kid, long, long, long ago. Back then, the only flavors were cherry and coke, now so many! But I don't venture from the coke or dr pepper. We found during lean financial times over the years, we could put a small bottle of coke in the freezer, but not over freeze, and it would be a homemade icee, the joys of being a kid. I tell my family, instead of the ice-cream truck, we need an icee truck driving in the neighborhood. Now who makes Dream-sicles.
    Best wishes, Linda
    Mar 14, 2013. 11:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • J&J Snack Foods: A Bite-Sized Company With Room To Grow [View article]
    Enjoyed reading, I too have had my eye on this one. I think it is too high and waiting on a dip to enter a position. The number one reason, I have been watching it, is my Love of icees. Can't be beat on a hot summer day!
    Mar 14, 2013. 10:22 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Plumbing: The Cistern System [View article]
    Dave, enjoyed this article, it made me visualize myself as the centrifuge in the re-allocation and filtering tool in my retirement cistern. Linda
    Feb 20, 2013. 11:32 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Managing Your Portfolio - Selling [View instapost]
    Thank you Chowder this helps, we all you a beer party! The Chowder Beer Fest 2013
    Jan 23, 2013. 12:21 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Managing Your Portfolio - Weightings [View instapost]
    Thank you and I look forward to it. I had a 9% return for 2012. I trimmed back on my T, VZ, and MO positions, in the fall, and put the money back into other positions to build and diversify. I am now up to 13 positions with 2 being speculative and very small %. Looking at my weightings on all and considering fees and taxes, I can trim some more off of T, VZ and MO in February to balance to equal weightings and purchase a new position. I am very grateful for the wisdom and the experience you and so many others share. There is so much to learn, I am starting late, but its a start. I like the idea of smaller weightings spread out over more positions, your logic makes so much sense.
    Jan 23, 2013. 09:52 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment