Why I’m using WordPress for this blog (and not Blogger)

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I’ve been a faithful Blogger user for years and have had this very popular blog on that platform since 2008. My Life: Teaching in a Korean University. So, it goes without saying that I definitely know the ins and outs of blogger and that I generally like it.  It’s extremely easy to add Amazon and other affiliate links (with the widgets: add HTML option), and of course, they support Google Adsense (Blogger is owned by…

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Frugal Living: the dreaded “B” word

I’ve talked about in previous posts about the relationship between frugal living and passive income, cooking at home to save money and frugal hobbies.  But, today is the dreaded “B” word which=budget.  While I love the idea of a budget, as a general theory and believe it can be very important when trying to live a frugal lifestyle (as does Dave Ramsey), I don’t do it.  This probably seems quite strange for those who know…

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Borrowing to invest

Basically all online stock brokers offer what they call “Margin” which means that you can borrow money from them to buy more stocks or ETFs or whatever you want.  Of course this isn’t free!  Brokers charge interest ranging from extremely low (ie: Interactive Brokers) to extremely high (will remain nameless). The reasons to not do this include “margin calls,” which is when you borrow too much money relative to the amount of actual money that…

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Iherb Affiliate Program

Iherb: A Company That I LOVE I think that affiliate marketing can be a very valuable way to build passive income and it’s an area I’d like to explore more, with more affiliates and more niche websites.  However, I would NEVER recommend something that I don’t personally know and love because it’s just not my style. Iherb is one of those things that I just sort of fell into without even really knowing it had…

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Investing in Pharmaceuticals: What’s in My Portfolio

Pharmaceutical Stocks: I Love You! I love investing in pharmaceuticals for various reasons, but essentially in the research I’ve done, it almost seems like a can’t lose thing. The US government basically props us these industries and does a lot of their research for them (or at least funds it) and then allows the company to patent the final product, charge ridiculous amounts of money for it and then guarantees that no other company can…

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Investing in Oil and Gas Stocks

Why I Love Investing in Oil and Gas Stocks A significant portion (~20%) of my portfolio can be found within this category.  While it is a big portion to have invested in one industry, I’ve done it for the following reasons: 1. Oil/Gas companies have a proven history of paying increasing dividends 2. They are some of the biggest/most profitable companies in the world 3. They are not going out of business in my lifetime…

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Passive Income Report: February 2014

This past month was not an amazing one in terms of passive income.  I earned a total of $210.32 (US), but in the Feb. 2013 it was 288.47.  However, progress is happening: Feb. 2012=167.08 and Feb. 2011=74.79. February is traditionally not a big month in terms of dividend payouts, and my Squidoo payment was also relatively low.  Squidoo pays out 2-3 months later, and in December I was extremely busy with my day-job so spent…

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Frugal Living and Passive Income

Frugal Living and Passive Income: Are they Related? On the surface, frugal living perhaps seems it doesn’t really relate that closely to building passive income streams, but in actuality, frugality is very necessary until you reach a certain level of passive income, at which point it doesn’t really matter how much money you spend, or don’t (to some degree….there are limits of course!). If you have $5000 a month coming in, with little to no…

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Spend Less Than you Earn

Anyone can do it! No matter your income level, spending less than you earn is by far the most important thing. We’ve all heard those stories about people earning millions of dollars a year going bankrupt. Conversely, we all know about the guy next door working at some average job who ended up dying with millions in the bank. The difference is that one guy spent more than he earned while the other one didn’t.…

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My Current Passive Income Streams (and my day-job)

I’ve been on this journey towards financial freedom through passive income for a few years now and have developed a few different passive income revenue streams.  While I’d like to get a few more up and running in the next few years (diversification in this area is golden!), the ones I’m currently doing are plugging along and expanding, without a significant amount of effort on my part.  I’ll outline them here and in the coming…

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