Anything special needs related, especially the high cost of therapy hits home. Back when our oldest was 3 until the age of 5 1/2 he was in ABA or Applied Behavioural Analysis, one of the therapies mentioned in the Globe and Mail article. And yes, it did cost $5000 per month for only 4 1/2 days a week of therapy. In fact, the price has increased since then due to the minimum wage hike in Ontario forcing the per hour cost of junior therapists to go up to $15/hour. (If you were wondering if the therapy works. Yes, emphatically yes, the therapy did help our son tremendously as you can see here in this video).
In total, for 14 months of ABA therapy we dished out roughly $75,000 CAD. No small change when you are in your twenties and not established in a career. We stopped only because we ran out of money and decided to move so our son could attend a public school with ample support instead of spending more on private education. You gotta’ do what you gotta’ do.
However, I would say this experience is one of my huge motivators for saving. The possible future costs associated with our son’s condition are unknown but not unplanned for.
Sometimes life happens and sadly, I did not make any purchases for June or July. June was a busy month with spring colds, school IEP meetings and the inevitable end of school year madness. July was the start of summer camp and I took a nice trip to the UK and Germany to visit friends and family. However, now that we are in August I am looking at doubling up my purchases this month to make up for missing June and July. I am currently researching which companies to buy and maybe top up a few I already hold, so stay tuned I should have it posted in the next week!
I am slowly but surely moving up! Lately I’ve enjoyed looking at how other dividend bloggers started off in their first year. Each month they slowly increased their dividends to what they are today and it shows me that anyone can do it. Even a stay-at-home mom!
Laurentian Bank of Canada $3.15 Emera Inc $23.17 Inter Pipeline Ltd $11.48 Transalta Renewables Inc $6.66
This is definitely motivating me to keep investing and slowly increasing my dividends. The $44 is enough to pay for a coffee almost every day of the month 🙂 Now I just need to double it so I can buy my husband a coffee as well! Hahaha…
After my father passed last year, I asked my siblings if I could inherit two things; my father’s investment books and his coffee machine. They graciously agreed and I am forever grateful. The boxes of books had been sitting in my little Québecois home for the past few months. Finding time to unpack and then read with four little kids is a challenge. Hats off to any parent who can achieve this!
However, this month I was able to crack open a book. I picked a classic, Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits by Philip A. Fisher (This is an affiliate link). I had flipped through this book before but never got around to reading it in detail. With the help of an audiobook, I will hopefully be done reading it by the end of this decade. Wish me luck!
Back from a lovely holiday visiting friends and family in the UK. A bit behind my postings, so now I am playing catch-up!
With my $1000 monthly TFSA deposit and some leftover dividends in my cash account, I topped up my holdings in Fortis by adding 24 shares at a cost of $41.73 each this past May. This brings my total holdings in Fortis to 26.
Also, in my RRSP I purchased 51 extra shares of Plaza Retail REIT at a cost of $4.28 per share. Bringing my holdings to 286.
I am so glad to top up my Fortis. It is one of the top 15 North American utility companies and we always need power and heating. I am happy to have more of it in my portfolio.
No new companies added to my TFSA portfolio this month. I ended up splitting this month’s purchase between 2 companies I currently hold, Emera and BCE. Also, I have started a new experiment in my Canadian Shareowner account, which I will explain further down.
I purchased 18 more shares of Emera at roughly $40 per share. I think this is a good price and a nice yield at 5.48%. This purchase brings my total shares in Emera to 41. And, I’ve managed to squeeze in before their ex-dividend date of April 30th. Dividend check in May! Woohoo!
BCE was my second choice. I only held 7 shares and had been planning to beef it up eventually. So, I took the cash that was left in my TFSA and bought 6 more shares. Bringing my total to 13 shares and a current yield of 5.57%. Not too shabby.
The last experiment in my Canadian Shareowner account lasted almost 9 years. Although I put roughly the same amount of money into RBC and Berkshire, their outcomes were different since RBC had dividends which were reinvested and Berkshire had no dividends and thus no reinvestment.
However, now I want to try something new. Every month going forward I will be purchasing $100 of one company (minus commission fees of course), and each month I will buy a new company without injecting new money into the companies purchased the month prior. Does that make sense? Since Canadian Shareowner allows fractional purchases and dividend reinvestment I am curious to see how quickly multiple single purchases will grow over time. Technically, I will only be purchasing twelve companies per year, but next year I may decide to change my goal and put more money into this experiment. So, to start off this new endeavour I purchased 1.1409 shares of the Bank of Nova Scotia (minus $9.95 in commission fees). What will this purchase look like in twelve months time? In 5 years? We shall see!
In the beginning of 2009, I was twenty-two years old, just out of University and the American sub-prime mortgage kerfuffle was well underway. I had a little money to spare, but back in 2009 in order to set up a self-directed discount brokerage account one needed a large deposit. Something I did not have. Except at Canadian Shareowners a co-operative investing service. I bought two companies, Royal Bank of Canada and Berkshire Hathaway Class B. Royal Bank (at the advice of my dad) was chosen since I did not have any banking stocks. Berkshire was my choice. I did not choose it for dividends since there are none, but because I wanted to be a part of the “club.” Being a part of the “club” meant I would receive the annual shareholder’s package and an invitation to the annual shareholder meeting in Omaha, Nebraska (I was hopeful that one day I would go before Charlie Munger and Warren Buffet die, but alas, it has yet to happen).
At the time I purchased them, Royal Bank was trading at around $26 CAD, and I was able to purchase just over three shares (a total of $86.99 CAD). Berkshire was trading at roughly $2384 USD and I was able to purchase a fraction of a share, or 0.027 to be exact ($64 USD). All the dividends from Royal Bank were reinvested, while Berkshire had no reinvestment or dividends.
After 8 years, this is what has happened. And please ignore the Bank of Nova Scotia! 😐
My $173 CAD turned into $785 CAD. And this is with all the wonky ups and downs the TSX is having at the moment and of course inflation. Not too shabby, …for me not doing anything. 😏
Below is a snapshot of the growth of these two purchases from February 2009 to December 2017.
The moral of the story is… I should become a Fund Manager 😜 and market my Royal Bank and Berkshire Class B Fund and claim phenomenal annual returns!
However, no matter how little I invest it is better than nothing even over the medium term (8 years). I am only 32, so imagine what can happen over the next 8 years. Or, if there is another market correction and I purchase more shares at a discounted price?
March break, colds, Easter and God knows what else has kept me away from posting, but alas I am here to tell you two words, Transalta Renewables. I bought Transalta Renewables. Eighty-five shares to be exact.
Why? I have no idea why.
Oh, wait yes I do. Growth potential and dividends. Here in Ste-Clotilde I see them everyday. Not Transalta exactly, but their potential. Just a stones throw away on Covey Hill and in St-Remi there are windmills. Giant, giant windmills. As well, with the way things are going with policymakers in Canada and the desire for “diversified” sources of energy, Transalta was my choice purchase this month.
Do you own them? Why? Why not?
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Oh, and I bought around $100 CAD worth of Bank of Nova Scotia through Canadian Shareowners. However, I need to save this for another post!