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MDJ’s First Birthday!

It has been exactly one year since MDJ was born and it has been a great year.  We've grown from 0 to over 1200 subscribers during this time and now receive over 65,000 page views a month.

To thank you for your loyalty and support, MDJ is holding a big birthday draw with a bunch of great prizes ($350+ worth).  To keep the prizes exciting, I contacted a few associates to sponsor prizes. 

All contestant entries will be shoved into an electronic hat and drawn at random.  Since there are 6 prizes available, the odds of winning are fairly high.  To be fair to all contestants, each winner can only win once.

Here are the 6 prizes up for grabs:


I'm excited to announce that Derek from RedFlagDeals.com has generously donated a brand new Canon a570 IS digital camera package to a lucky reader ($220 value). What is RedFlagDeals?  It's likely Canada's most popular "deal/bargain" portal with over 1 million deal seeker visitors / month.  I've pretty much been a member since it started 7 years ago and I still visit the site/forums every day.

Want to know more about the digital camera?  I've actually been doing a lot of research on the best "bang for your buck" digital camera and this one is near the top of the list.  The Canon a570 IS has 7.1MP, 4x Optical Zoom, 2.5" LCD, manual controls, supports conversion lenses, only uses 2 AA batteries and includes image stabilization.  I wish I could enter the contest myself. :)

Included in the grand prize:

  • Canon a570 IS (Image Stabilization) Digital Camera (technical spec)
  • Lowepro Rezo 50 Carrying Case
  • 1GB SD Memory Card 

2nd Prize

  • $50 Amazon.com/.ca (or Chapters) Gift Certificate. 

Other Prizes (4):

How Do You Enter?

Here are the 4 ways that you can enter: 

  1. Sign up for MDJ email updates (free). (1 entry) (privacy policy)
  2. Add MDJ to your Facebook Friends (1 entry)
  3. Simply leave a comment in this post. (1 entry)
  4. Help promote this contest on your blog with a link back to this post or blog. (1 entry) (short one liner will do).

That's right, you can get up to 4 entries.

The Rules:

  • Please only 1 comment entry / person and 1 e-mail subscription / person.
  • Make sure that you enter a valid email address in the "email" field.
  • If you sign up for the MDJ email updates, please contact me to let me know which email address you used so that I can verify.
  • Contest will close approximately 1 week from today (5pm EST Thurs Dec 13, 2007).

Thank you all for supporting my Million Dollar Journey.  Without you visiting on a regular basis, it would be very difficult to consistently spend the time that it takes to write the best articles that I possibly can.

Also a special thanks to Derek Szeto from RedFlagDeals.com and Derek Foster, the author of The Lazy Investor, for sponsoring prizes.

Good luck on the draw! 

Update:  Contest is now closed

If you would like to read more articles like this, you can sign up for my free weekly money tips newsletter below (we will never spam you).

FT About the author: FT is the founder and editor of Million Dollar Journey (est. 2006). Through various financial strategies outlined on this site, he grew his net worth from $200,000 in 2006 to $1,000,000 by 2014. You can read more about him here.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Avatar mjw2005 December 6, 2007, 6:17 am

    Great idea…and congrats on your first year….Do I get an entry for this.. : )

  • Avatar Steph December 6, 2007, 7:12 am

    Way to go MDJ !!! Keep up the good work !

  • Avatar Chris December 6, 2007, 7:53 am

    Happy Birthday :)
    I’m one of your 1200+ faithful readers. Sign me up for the draw!

  • Avatar Investing911 December 6, 2007, 9:12 am

    I hope I win!

  • Avatar Mun-Economics December 6, 2007, 9:20 am

    Put me in this. I need a new camera lol

  • Avatar FourPillars December 6, 2007, 9:37 am

    Congrats, the way you run your blog and your life has been an inspiration to me and I’m sure others as well.


  • Avatar Traciatim December 6, 2007, 9:44 am

    Count me in on this contest. I actually just recommended that camera to a friend who was shopping for one.

  • Avatar Paul Robinson December 6, 2007, 10:13 am

    Happy Birthday MDJ!

  • Avatar Telly December 6, 2007, 10:39 am

    Big congrats to one of my all-time favourite PF bloggers and the 1st one I got hooked to. I can’t believe it’s only been a year. So much good stuff here. Keep up the great work!

  • Avatar Commander T December 6, 2007, 10:40 am

    Wow what a cool contest. Put my name in the draw.

  • Avatar Plan Your Escape December 6, 2007, 10:42 am

    Congratulations on your first anniversary! I sure hope I’ll be as successful as you have been after one year.

    Best of luck in the future!


  • Avatar Canadian Capitalist December 6, 2007, 10:50 am

    Congratulations FT! One year is a milestone. Keep it up!

  • Avatar Neuritis December 6, 2007, 10:51 am

    Happy First Birthday MDJ! Keep up the good work.

  • Avatar Jeremy December 6, 2007, 10:52 am

    cool site. happy anniversary!!!!!

  • Avatar George December 6, 2007, 11:03 am

    Excellent blog, and I’m working toward similar goals. Count me in on the contest! :-)

  • Avatar dayLateDollarShort December 6, 2007, 11:31 am

    Congratulations on your first anniversary. I enjoy your monthly net worth updates and any news regarding your house building experiences.
    Keep it up!

  • Avatar guinness416 December 6, 2007, 11:35 am

    Happy birthday! You certainly don’t seem to have run out of steam, congrats.

    (BTW, I’ve noticed a lot of blogs I read having anniversaries at this time of year. Must be the cold weather, no skiers among this bunch I guess).

  • Avatar WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo.com December 6, 2007, 11:48 am

    Hi FT – congratulations on one year! I think it is quite a testament to have that many subscribers after only one year!

    I need to personally thank you as well for driving so much traffic to my site – and allowing me to guest author some articles for the Million Dollar Journey.

    Wonder how long it will take to get to 12,000 readers? Probably not long if you keep doing what you are already doing.

    Thanks for your contribution and hard work. :)


  • Avatar oOKitijimaOo December 6, 2007, 11:56 am

    Congratz FT and Happy Birthday MDJ. Your doing an awesome job! May the new year bring even greater success, I know I will be here to watch you through it.


  • Avatar Jennifer Gregor December 6, 2007, 12:02 pm

    Yeah…love contests…happy 1st birthday MDJ!!!

  • Avatar JudyM December 6, 2007, 12:09 pm

    Great Site. Happy Birthday!!!!!!

  • Avatar blogger December 6, 2007, 12:21 pm

    Put my name in the hat and keep up with blogging. I enjoy your and guest articles.

  • Avatar Cross the river December 6, 2007, 12:22 pm


    Congratulation and thank you for reminding people that knowledge and common sense are very important things.

  • Avatar Sods December 6, 2007, 12:25 pm

    You are the first blog I reed in my feeder everyday. Keep up the great work!

  • Avatar Mike December 6, 2007, 12:28 pm

    Great site. It’s been in my daily reading list since nearly its inception.

  • Avatar Mike December 6, 2007, 12:29 pm

    Happy Birthday! I look forward to the next year!

  • Avatar Keith December 6, 2007, 12:38 pm

    Congrats. I’m blown away about the depth and breadth of the content. Very practical and educational.

  • Avatar Sean December 6, 2007, 12:42 pm

    Very informative. I’m now subscribed.

  • Avatar Jeremy December 6, 2007, 12:58 pm

    Love the site, keep up the good work and congratulations on your first birthday!

  • Avatar Richard Ngai December 6, 2007, 1:02 pm

    Happy Birthday! way to go MDJ!

  • Avatar Al December 6, 2007, 1:05 pm

    Happy Birthday :)..Looking forward to the next year.

  • Avatar Cam December 6, 2007, 1:19 pm

    I read almost daily

  • Avatar Fab December 6, 2007, 1:19 pm

    Ft, here is 1 entry for this MDJ birthday contest.

  • Avatar nobleea December 6, 2007, 1:29 pm

    Congrats FT. Definitely one of the best canadian personal finance blogs out there. I don’t know how you manage to keep up with an excellent post every day! Keep up the great work.

  • Avatar Mortgage Confused December 6, 2007, 1:35 pm

    Happy B-Day FT, great site, thanks alot!

  • Avatar The Financial Blogger December 6, 2007, 1:36 pm

    Hey FT ! congrats on the 1yr anniversary ! Man, 1200 RSS reader, way to go!!!

    I know it was mentioned in the previous comments, but you are definitely a great source of inspiration for other bloggers.

    Keep it up!

  • Avatar Jason R. December 6, 2007, 1:40 pm

    Many happy returns Million Dollar Journey! You were the personal finance blog that got me started in seriously saving/investing. Keep up the great work!

  • Avatar Canadian Dream December 6, 2007, 1:49 pm


    Wow. One year already! WAY TO GO and keep up the great work.


  • Avatar Marshall Middle December 6, 2007, 1:50 pm

    Congratulations on your 1 year birthday! Keep up the great writing on your blog. I like getting the Canadian perspective and share your “million dollar goal”

  • Avatar Gean Oliveira December 6, 2007, 1:56 pm

    Happy b-day :) I’m also a reader using bloglines. I’ve discovered your blog last week and I’ve been reading A LOT!


  • Avatar Still learning December 6, 2007, 1:57 pm

    Happy blogging day, has it really been a year,
    how time flies. Keep up the great work and I promis to keep reading.

    Great job !!!!

  • Avatar Cross the River December 6, 2007, 2:32 pm

    Will there be a mathematical question? lol

  • Avatar Joel December 6, 2007, 3:01 pm

    I , like the 1200 of my friends, love your blog… keep up the good work.

  • Avatar NewGuy December 6, 2007, 3:11 pm

    Great website, been reading since January this year.
    Keep up the good work!

  • Avatar Konstantin December 6, 2007, 3:23 pm

    Way to go MDJ!!!
    I am also an avid daily reader!

    Happy Birthday!

  • Avatar Colby December 6, 2007, 3:48 pm

    Congrats, MDJ! As a fellow Canadian, I’m happy to see a good financial based blog about what goes on in this country (I follow this and Get Rich Slowly, which is where I got the link for MDJ from). I’ve been following for a few weeks now and I think it’s great!

  • Avatar TKO from Ontario December 6, 2007, 3:56 pm

    Happy B-Day MDJ!

    Seasons Greetings and God bless.

    TKO from Ontario

  • Avatar P December 6, 2007, 3:59 pm

    Happy Birthday, MDJ! That is awesome. I’ve been reading since nearly the beginning!

  • Avatar Robert December 6, 2007, 4:10 pm

    Good luck everyone!

  • Avatar glblguy December 6, 2007, 4:46 pm

    Wow, that’s incredible growth in a year. Would love for you to share an article on your growth strategy.

    Anyway, Happy Birthday!

  • Avatar Jason December 6, 2007, 4:55 pm

    Happy Bday, good luck everyone, RFD rocks!!

  • Avatar Richard December 6, 2007, 5:16 pm

    Happy birthday!

    Very interesting website, bookmarked.

  • Avatar Mr. Cheap December 6, 2007, 5:16 pm

    Congrats on your first year! I also signed up for your e-mail updates with cheapcanuck@gmail.com

  • Avatar Blaine Moore December 6, 2007, 5:23 pm

    Congratulations! Nice to make that first year; you seem to be doing pretty well. Great contest!

  • Avatar P December 6, 2007, 5:30 pm

    Great idea. Been reading your blog for a few months now and really enjoy it. Keep up the good work.

  • Avatar Cory December 6, 2007, 5:35 pm

    Happy Birthday! This site’s definitely one of my must-reads. Here’s to another year and beyond!

  • Avatar Jesus December 6, 2007, 5:53 pm

    Happy birthday!!!!
    Excellent site and very useful posts.

  • Avatar Neil December 6, 2007, 5:55 pm

    Yay market rally and MDJ birthday! Great blog you got going here, a definite inspiration to this young frugal type.

    I really like the networth updates and the fact that you covered Kiva.org!

  • Avatar stefan December 6, 2007, 5:57 pm

    Happy Bday! Read the rss everyday!

  • Avatar Mr. Tippy the Naked Guy December 6, 2007, 5:57 pm

    Love the site!

  • Avatar Trevor December 6, 2007, 6:15 pm

    Happy birthday MDJ. Keep up the awesome posts.

  • Avatar Trevor December 6, 2007, 6:16 pm

    Happy birthday MDJ. Keep up the awesome posts. Love the blog.

  • Avatar MO December 6, 2007, 6:35 pm

    Happy Bday MDJ.
    I am glad to finally get in on the journey myself.

  • Avatar Brian December 6, 2007, 7:30 pm

    Congratulations and continued success with the site.

  • Avatar Wiigal December 6, 2007, 7:31 pm

    Thanks for the great content over the year. Happy Birthday MDJ & keep up the good work!

  • Avatar Jeff English December 6, 2007, 7:35 pm


  • Avatar Rachel December 6, 2007, 7:39 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Avatar Mrs. Micah December 6, 2007, 8:17 pm

    Here’s to another successful year! :)

  • Avatar Tricia December 6, 2007, 9:02 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Avatar Keith December 6, 2007, 9:12 pm

    Congratulations and sign me up!

  • Avatar Roy leader December 6, 2007, 10:30 pm

    Congrats on your 1ST year and happy birthday

  • Avatar Thomas Sinfield December 6, 2007, 10:55 pm

    congratulations! that is a great first year!

  • Avatar Jonathan December 6, 2007, 11:03 pm

    Congrats! I’ve really enjoyed your blog.

  • Avatar Nenad December 6, 2007, 11:44 pm


  • Avatar Andrew December 7, 2007, 12:21 am

    Congrats! I’ve been reading your blog since inception!

  • Avatar newinvestor23 December 7, 2007, 1:01 am

    Another great addition to your blog, multiple prizes…. Congrats on 1 year!

  • Avatar mark December 7, 2007, 1:55 am

    happy b-day!

  • Avatar Chief Family Officer December 7, 2007, 2:40 am

    Congratulations and Happy Blogoversary!

  • Avatar RichardM December 7, 2007, 2:41 am


  • Avatar Heather D. December 7, 2007, 2:55 am

    Happy First Birthday, and cheers to a million more!! :)

  • Avatar Johnny December 7, 2007, 4:08 am

    Happy Birthday

    Great blog keep up the good work

  • Avatar Heather December 7, 2007, 4:18 am

    Congrats on your present/future success. HAPPY BORNDAY

  • Avatar Derrick December 7, 2007, 4:19 am

    Just discovered this site but it is very informative. Hope there is a lot more to come!

  • Avatar Ron M December 7, 2007, 7:43 am

    Happy Birthday MDJ!

  • Avatar Patrick December 7, 2007, 9:23 am

    Congrats on your successful first year!

  • Avatar Jonathan Atkins December 7, 2007, 10:26 am

    Happy birthday and congratulations.

  • Avatar Sean December 7, 2007, 11:09 am


  • Avatar Patricia December 7, 2007, 11:12 am

    Great site, congratulations on your 1st Anniversary. Always look forward to reading you.

  • Avatar Anna December 7, 2007, 11:38 am

    i’m a lurker who loves this site – good info always! happy bday!

  • Avatar Alice December 7, 2007, 11:49 am

    Congrats and Happy Birthday MDJ!

  • Avatar Warren December 7, 2007, 11:51 am

    Great blog, thanks.

  • Avatar JK December 7, 2007, 12:25 pm

    Love the blogger contests.

  • Avatar Beth December 7, 2007, 12:29 pm

    Happy B’day!!

  • Avatar Mark December 7, 2007, 12:32 pm

    Your blog is useful & a nice read – thanks !

  • Avatar Gates VP December 7, 2007, 1:41 pm

    One year man… wow, when’s the book coming out? ;)

  • Avatar Mike December 7, 2007, 2:15 pm

    Grats on the B-day.

  • Avatar Middle Class Millionaire December 7, 2007, 3:13 pm


  • Avatar Susan Pipes December 7, 2007, 3:41 pm

    Happy Birthday and Congratulations! I am so glad to of found your site. I have learned a lot more to fill in the gaps (big gaps) Please keep up the good work. Sue

  • Avatar Sue December 7, 2007, 3:41 pm

    Happy Birthday! :) You’ve got a great blog.

  • Avatar ian December 7, 2007, 3:42 pm

    Happy B-Day….

    Keep blogging and love those book reviews

  • Avatar Pinyo December 7, 2007, 4:13 pm

    Congratulation. 1 year is a huge milestone.

  • Avatar Bmhumphries December 7, 2007, 4:16 pm

    Happy First Birthday MDJ!

  • Avatar moneygardener December 7, 2007, 5:09 pm

    Wishing you many more years of financial success and smart blogging.


  • Avatar xtralimey December 7, 2007, 6:00 pm

    Here’s to another great year.
    Thanks for all the interesting info.
    PS. My beloved Sony F828 has bit the dust & I’m now to frugal to pay to repair it, so please count me in!

  • Avatar Henry December 7, 2007, 6:45 pm

    Happy first anniversary MDJ! (The site looks great too!)

  • Avatar Dave December 7, 2007, 7:27 pm

    Congratulations on your 1st year. Great blog with lots of relevant information… looking forward to the next year!

  • Avatar Marianne O December 7, 2007, 7:38 pm

    Congratulations, and thanks for the food for thought. This is a great resource.

  • Avatar Fonda Wong December 7, 2007, 7:46 pm

    such a great idea! congrats on your first year!

  • Avatar Todd C December 7, 2007, 8:08 pm

    Good to see another Canadian place growing.

  • Avatar Jerry Hung December 7, 2007, 9:35 pm

    Surprise no Wii for the grand prize!
    Make me win :D

    kinda don’t want email subscription though, as I already do through RSS

  • Avatar gloveman December 7, 2007, 11:42 pm

    Happy Birthday MDJ!!!

  • Avatar Karl December 8, 2007, 1:22 am

    Hey FT. Happy b-day. Keep up the good work with MDJ!

  • Avatar Nabloid December 8, 2007, 1:26 am

    Wow, congrats! How did you originally get the traffic so you could get subscribers? I don’t post as often as I should, but its hard to get anyone to see it! When no one see’s it you start wondering who you’re writing it for! That’s my problem.

  • Avatar Michael_S December 8, 2007, 1:37 am

    Happy Birthday!!! FTW!

  • Avatar Ryan December 8, 2007, 1:49 am

    Congrats and Happy Birthday!

  • Avatar BT December 8, 2007, 3:06 am

    Count me in! Happy birthday!

  • Avatar RickT December 8, 2007, 5:09 am



  • Avatar Joseph December 8, 2007, 2:07 pm

    Happy birthday! :)

  • Avatar Elaine Rosser December 8, 2007, 2:29 pm

    Love this!

  • Avatar Rod Payne December 8, 2007, 3:56 pm

    Happy Birthday! Gimme, gimme, gimme!

  • Avatar ksin December 8, 2007, 5:58 pm

    Great Blog!

  • Avatar My Dollar Plan December 8, 2007, 6:48 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Avatar Vincent December 8, 2007, 7:23 pm

    Wow, this site looks pretty interesting, I’ll have to come back later when I have time!

  • Avatar Brendan December 8, 2007, 7:36 pm

    Great site dog!

  • Avatar Matthew December 8, 2007, 8:42 pm

    great site, have only recently been enlightened by your advice

  • Avatar Jay December 8, 2007, 10:29 pm

    thanks for the contest…keep up the great work!

  • Avatar Darryl December 9, 2007, 3:23 am


  • Avatar Jess December 9, 2007, 5:25 am

    Congratulations! It’s really great to see non-American personal finance blogs out there. I noticed some people searching for them recently. Also, great contest :) Keep up the good work!

  • Avatar Ann Marie Marchand December 9, 2007, 3:28 pm

    This contest has lead me to your great site. Keep the info coming. P.s. A new friend on facebook is always a cool thing.

  • Avatar Niki December 9, 2007, 5:44 pm

    Always enjoyable. Keep up the good work!

  • Avatar Jimmy Nguyen December 9, 2007, 5:47 pm

    Congrats MDJ!

    Many more to come!

  • Avatar Brett December 9, 2007, 9:39 pm

    Happy Birthday! That inspiring success for one year of work.

  • Avatar Luc Richard December 10, 2007, 12:27 am

    Great contest. I just recently discovered your blog and immediately added it to my igoogle page.

  • Avatar James Varghese December 10, 2007, 1:29 pm

    Happy Birthday and congrats on a great first year. Keep up the good work.

  • Avatar mary December 10, 2007, 4:00 pm

    Happy Birthday. Thanks for your blog and the Canadian POV on money.

  • Avatar Don J December 10, 2007, 4:21 pm

    Great contest, and a great way to get me to sign up for your RSS feed!

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you have to offer in future. I have recently gained a strong interest in the world of Canadian PF blogging and so I am glad to have found you!

  • Avatar Calvin December 10, 2007, 6:10 pm

    Happy birthday!

  • Avatar Linda December 10, 2007, 6:27 pm

    Congrats! And Keep up good works!

  • Avatar Eric December 11, 2007, 12:29 am

    Just found this blog from Canadian Capitalist reading up on the Smith Manoeuvre. Looks like a great site going to add it as an RSS feed and sign up for the e-mail.

    Congrats – and Happy B-Day

  • Avatar Ross December 11, 2007, 2:51 pm

    ooooh I so want that new camera to replace my aging Canon A521! :-)

  • Avatar Jackie December 11, 2007, 3:01 pm

    Derek Foster’s book was great. It would be a wonderful prize to win!

  • Avatar Archunan December 11, 2007, 5:58 pm

    Great site! Helped me with picking the right savings account. Thanks a lot!

  • Avatar Mary_Freebies December 11, 2007, 7:55 pm


    I subscribed, sent you en email, blogged you (http://internationalfreebies.blogspot.com/2007/12/blog-contest-350-of-prizes.html) and commented. :)

  • Avatar hank December 11, 2007, 10:11 pm

    Sounds like a plan to me! Happy B-day!

  • Avatar Ann December 12, 2007, 12:56 am

    looks like an interesting site

  • Avatar Jenni December 12, 2007, 2:39 am

    Congrats on one year! Hope there are many more.

  • Avatar Blog Contest Central December 12, 2007, 3:59 am

    I guessing I earn for myself 2 entries for blogging about the MDJ blog contest and making a comment here.

  • Avatar knup December 12, 2007, 11:24 am

    Thanks for the contest. Should have 4 entries.

    Signed up for email feed. Added to facebook friends. Blogged about it at contestblogging.com! Commented here.

    Thanks and happy birthday!

  • Avatar Cisco Kid December 12, 2007, 2:31 pm

    Wow, a full year… Congrats, I am impressed by your site, very informative. I usually can’t stop reading all the posts for each topic till I’m done, best of luck in the new year, I really hope your site continues to grow!

  • Avatar Hazel December 12, 2007, 4:17 pm

    Sweet! Happy 1st Birthday MDJ! This is great!

  • Avatar Sara B December 12, 2007, 5:00 pm

    I signed up for the e-mail updates!

    I hope I win!

  • Avatar Panalo Contests December 12, 2007, 10:18 pm

    Congratulations! Happy 1st birthday. :)

  • Avatar Ginny December 12, 2007, 11:49 pm


  • Avatar Elaine Rosser December 13, 2007, 12:20 am

    Happy,Happy Birthday!

  • Avatar kitty December 13, 2007, 1:06 am

    Thanks for the contest. Happy Birthday.

  • Avatar KK December 13, 2007, 3:42 am

    Happy BDAY, keep up the great work!

  • Avatar Krusty December 13, 2007, 3:44 am

    Great job on your blog birthday!

  • Avatar Sean December 13, 2007, 12:58 pm

    Congrats on your first year. I just started reading, so I’m looking forward to may more birthdays!

  • Avatar Amanda December 13, 2007, 2:20 pm

    please enter me . I am blogging you too!

  • Avatar Nicole December 13, 2007, 2:45 pm

    Happy birthday!