It is hard to believe but it has already been six years since Million Dollar Journey kicked off! It all started in late 2006,  about three years after graduating from University and in the process of turning around our personal finance situation towards building wealth.

It still baffles me how much this site has grown over the years.  It all started with a personal online journal to track my finance journey which evolved into the community you see today.  A strong and loyal readership who is as passionate about personal finance and investing as I am.  Proudly, we have grown to over 18,500 daily subscribers and over 3,100 twitter followers. In addition to that we have received over 13 million hits over the past six years.

As a token of my appreciation, I’d like to again give something back to the readers and the community.  This year, I have a sponsor who has generously offered prizes worth over $3,000!

The Giveaways

1. The Successful Investor (TSI) Stock Market Newsletter Package

TSI has generously offered to sponsor the top prize for this years anniversary celebration.  What is the prize?  Annual subscriptions to the top stock newsletters in Canada!  Winners will receive not 1 newsletter, but a package of 4 newsletters for 1 year.

The newsletters include the highly rated The Successful Investor (review), Stock Pickers Digest, Wall Street Forecaster and Canadian Wealth Advisor.  The package is worth about $560 and to top it off, TSI is offering 6 packages to giveaway!  That’s right, 6 lucky readers will each receive the $500 prize.  Many thanks to Pat, Alex and the crew at TSI for sponsoring this prize

Here’s a description of the newsletters:

The Successful Investor: This award-winning conservative investment advisory is for investors interested in high-quality, mostly Canadian stocks that will surge ahead in good markets and hold their own in the face of market declines. It focuses on low-risk stocks with strong profit and growth potential.

Stock Pickers Digest: For those interested in profiting from the aggressive segment of Canadian and U.S. markets, where risk is high, but the potential for profit is much greater. The focus is on faster moving and not as well-established stocks. Tech stocks, small caps and junior mining and oil stocks are just some of the types of investments you’ll read about in Stock Pickers Digest. The newsletter picks aggressive stocks, but at the same time it looks for above-average value, rising sales, good balance sheets and a strong hold on a growing market.

Wall Street Stock Forecaster: This advisory is for investors seeking high-quality U.S. stocks. It will help you build a well-balanced, diversified U.S. stock portfolio that will do well in good markets and bad. The newsletter also gives you a clear, easy-to-read analysis of how economic changes, political decisions and the Federal Reserve affect the markets in general, and your portfolio in particular.

Canadian Wealth Advisor: This conservative newsletter is for Canadians interested in building wealth safely and securely. It covers “safe money” investments: real estate investment trusts (REITs), exchange-traded funds (ETFs), conservative large-capitalization stocks, RRSPs, RRIFs, TFSAs, GICs and tax-advantaged investments. It also examines financial planning, investment bargains (and rip-offs, too) and many other issues related to safely making more money.

2. The Beginner’s Guide to Saving & Investing

This past summer, I announced the release of a book that I contributed to – The Beginners Guide to Saving & Investing.  So what is the book about?  It’s all about the basics of personal finance and it’s written in an easy to understand manner (about 100 pages in total).  What section did I write?  I covered one of my favorite topics, that is, dividend investing for beginners.  As I believe in the content of this book, I want to get it out there to my readers, so I’m offering 50 e-book copies (value $10.50 each).

To make this interesting, the first 20 eligible comments (see below for guidelines) will receive an e-book and the remaining 30 will be put into the draw.

3. “Like” for Charity

Similar to last year, I’d like to do something for the Kids Make a Wish Foundation.   MDJ will donate $1 for every incremental facebook “Like” on the MDJ facebook page by contest closing date.

Simply click the “Like” button at the top of the MDJ facebook page and we’ll donate $1 for every “Like” greater than the today’s 736 (up to a maximum $500 donation).

How to Enter:

To be eligible for the prizes above:

1. New and Existing Money Tips Newsletter Subscribers will be given an entry (you can subscribe here). (+1 entry)

What is the Money Tips Newsletter?

The Money Tips Newsletter is a free email newsletter that I will send out once or twice a month.

The content includes highlighted articles on Million Dollar Journey, exclusive offers for Million Dollar Journey readers, and original content that doesn’t make it to the front page of this blog.  Thus far, I have 12 scheduled Newsletters editions that all subscribers will see.  The topics range from the basics of investing, the Smith Manoeuvre, to the top credit cards in Canada.

As mentioned above, your privacy is important to us. We will never sell your information to third parties, as well, you can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.

2. Leave a comment in this post indicating your favourite personal finance topics. (+1 Entry)

The reason I’m asking this is because I’m looking to grow the content on this site and I’d like to hear about the favorite money topics of those who matter most – the readers.  Some common topics include, personal money stories, debt reduction, investing strategies, tax tips, money saving ideas, credit card comparisons, retirement or whatever else you can think of.

3. Click “Like” at the top of the Million Dollar Journey facebook page.  (+1 Entry)

In addition to donating $1 to the Kids Make a Wish foundation for every facebook “Like” from readers, we’ll give you an extra entry in the draw.

4. Tweet this post but make sure to include @FrugalTrader (+1 Entry) (you can use the button at the bottom or top of this post)

The Giveaway Rules:

Lets go over some of the rules. All contestant entries will be shoved into an electronic hat and drawn at random.

  1. Only confirmed (new and existing) newsletter subscribers on the date of draw are eligible.
  2. Only one comment per person and please include a valid email address.
  3. To be fair to all contestants, each winner can only win once (it is possible to win 1 stock newsletter package and 1 book together).
  4. Contest will end Sat 5pm EST Dec 22, 2012 and the winners announced shortly after!

Good luck!


  1. Supatra on December 19, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I would like to get more info on Estate planing.
    how to pay less probate fees ?
    what should I handle my finacial assets so my children will receive the most of my assets and not the government ?

    thank you for the great posts for the last 6 yrs.

  2. Richard on December 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Excellent site congratulations and thank you

  3. Colin C on December 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    My fave topics are real estate and long term retirement planning

  4. Richard on December 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Topics on stock investing are great! Congrats on 6 years

  5. Ronny on December 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Love this site! keep it up :)

  6. Thomas on December 21, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Congrats on 6 years! This is the first financial blog I started to follow and still my favorite. There is plenty of really great info on your site, I’d like to see more posts for beginners just getting into investing. The topics I’ve enjoyed most are tax tips, smith manoeuvre and your various real-estate posts.

  7. akroeze on December 22, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Definitely interested in seeing more about details on how to get the most of your taxes

  8. Adam on December 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Congrats on six years! I enjoy reading about family finances.

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