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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 newsletter service below (we will not 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.

  • mjw2005 December 6, 2007, 6:17 am

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

  • Steph December 6, 2007, 7:12 am

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

  • Chris December 6, 2007, 7:53 am

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

  • Investing911 December 6, 2007, 9:12 am

    I hope I win!

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

    Put me in this. I need a new camera lol

  • 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.


  • 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.

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

    Happy Birthday MDJ!

  • 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!

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

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

  • 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!


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

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

  • Neuritis December 6, 2007, 10:51 am

    Happy First Birthday MDJ! Keep up the good work.

  • Jeremy December 6, 2007, 10:52 am

    cool site. happy anniversary!!!!!

  • George December 6, 2007, 11:03 am

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

  • 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!

  • 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).

  • 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. :)


  • 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.


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

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

  • JudyM December 6, 2007, 12:09 pm

    Great Site. Happy Birthday!!!!!!

  • blogger December 6, 2007, 12:21 pm

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

  • 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.

  • Sods December 6, 2007, 12:25 pm

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

  • Mike December 6, 2007, 12:28 pm

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

  • Mike December 6, 2007, 12:29 pm

    Happy Birthday! I look forward to the next year!

  • Keith December 6, 2007, 12:38 pm

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

  • Sean December 6, 2007, 12:42 pm

    Very informative. I’m now subscribed.

  • Jeremy December 6, 2007, 12:58 pm

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

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

    Happy Birthday! way to go MDJ!

  • Al December 6, 2007, 1:05 pm

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

  • Cam December 6, 2007, 1:19 pm

    I read almost daily

  • Fab December 6, 2007, 1:19 pm

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

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


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


  • 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”

  • 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!


  • 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 !!!!

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

    Will there be a mathematical question? lol

  • Joel December 6, 2007, 3:01 pm

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

  • NewGuy December 6, 2007, 3:11 pm

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

  • Konstantin December 6, 2007, 3:23 pm

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

    Happy Birthday!

  • 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!

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

    Happy B-Day MDJ!

    Seasons Greetings and God bless.

    TKO from Ontario

  • P December 6, 2007, 3:59 pm

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

  • Robert December 6, 2007, 4:10 pm

    Good luck everyone!

  • 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!

  • Jason December 6, 2007, 4:55 pm

    Happy Bday, good luck everyone, RFD rocks!!

  • Richard December 6, 2007, 5:16 pm

    Happy birthday!

    Very interesting website, bookmarked.

  • 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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Jesus December 6, 2007, 5:53 pm

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

  • 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!

  • stefan December 6, 2007, 5:57 pm

    Happy Bday! Read the rss everyday!

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

    Love the site!

  • Trevor December 6, 2007, 6:15 pm

    Happy birthday MDJ. Keep up the awesome posts.

  • Trevor December 6, 2007, 6:16 pm

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

  • MO December 6, 2007, 6:35 pm

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

  • Brian December 6, 2007, 7:30 pm

    Congratulations and continued success with the site.

  • Wiigal December 6, 2007, 7:31 pm

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

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


  • Rachel December 6, 2007, 7:39 pm

    Happy Birthday!

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

    Here’s to another successful year! :)

  • Tricia December 6, 2007, 9:02 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Keith December 6, 2007, 9:12 pm

    Congratulations and sign me up!

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

    Congrats on your 1ST year and happy birthday

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

    congratulations! that is a great first year!

  • Jonathan December 6, 2007, 11:03 pm

    Congrats! I’ve really enjoyed your blog.

  • Nenad December 6, 2007, 11:44 pm


  • Andrew December 7, 2007, 12:21 am

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

  • newinvestor23 December 7, 2007, 1:01 am

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

  • mark December 7, 2007, 1:55 am

    happy b-day!

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

    Congratulations and Happy Blogoversary!

  • RichardM December 7, 2007, 2:41 am


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

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

  • Johnny December 7, 2007, 4:08 am

    Happy Birthday

    Great blog keep up the good work

  • Heather December 7, 2007, 4:18 am

    Congrats on your present/future success. HAPPY BORNDAY

  • Derrick December 7, 2007, 4:19 am

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

  • Ron M December 7, 2007, 7:43 am

    Happy Birthday MDJ!

  • Patrick December 7, 2007, 9:23 am

    Congrats on your successful first year!

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

    Happy birthday and congratulations.

  • Sean December 7, 2007, 11:09 am


  • Patricia December 7, 2007, 11:12 am

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

  • Anna December 7, 2007, 11:38 am

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

  • Alice December 7, 2007, 11:49 am

    Congrats and Happy Birthday MDJ!

  • Warren December 7, 2007, 11:51 am

    Great blog, thanks.

  • JK December 7, 2007, 12:25 pm

    Love the blogger contests.

  • Beth December 7, 2007, 12:29 pm

    Happy B’day!!

  • Mark December 7, 2007, 12:32 pm

    Your blog is useful & a nice read – thanks !

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

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

  • Mike December 7, 2007, 2:15 pm

    Grats on the B-day.

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


  • 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

  • Sue December 7, 2007, 3:41 pm

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

  • ian December 7, 2007, 3:42 pm

    Happy B-Day….

    Keep blogging and love those book reviews

  • Pinyo December 7, 2007, 4:13 pm

    Congratulation. 1 year is a huge milestone.

  • Bmhumphries December 7, 2007, 4:16 pm

    Happy First Birthday MDJ!

  • moneygardener December 7, 2007, 5:09 pm

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


  • 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!

  • Henry December 7, 2007, 6:45 pm

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

  • 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!

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

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

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

    such a great idea! congrats on your first year!

  • Todd C December 7, 2007, 8:08 pm

    Good to see another Canadian place growing.

  • 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

  • gloveman December 7, 2007, 11:42 pm

    Happy Birthday MDJ!!!

  • Karl December 8, 2007, 1:22 am

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

  • 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.

  • Michael_S December 8, 2007, 1:37 am

    Happy Birthday!!! FTW!

  • Ryan December 8, 2007, 1:49 am

    Congrats and Happy Birthday!

  • BT December 8, 2007, 3:06 am

    Count me in! Happy birthday!

  • RickT December 8, 2007, 5:09 am



  • Joseph December 8, 2007, 2:07 pm

    Happy birthday! :)

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

    Love this!

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

    Happy Birthday! Gimme, gimme, gimme!

  • ksin December 8, 2007, 5:58 pm

    Great Blog!

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

    Happy Birthday!

  • Vincent December 8, 2007, 7:23 pm

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

  • Brendan December 8, 2007, 7:36 pm

    Great site dog!

  • Matthew December 8, 2007, 8:42 pm

    great site, have only recently been enlightened by your advice

  • Jay December 8, 2007, 10:29 pm

    thanks for the contest…keep up the great work!

  • Darryl December 9, 2007, 3:23 am


  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Niki December 9, 2007, 5:44 pm

    Always enjoyable. Keep up the good work!

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

    Congrats MDJ!

    Many more to come!

  • Brett December 9, 2007, 9:39 pm

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

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

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

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

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

  • mary December 10, 2007, 4:00 pm

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

  • 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!

  • Calvin December 10, 2007, 6:10 pm

    Happy birthday!

  • Linda December 10, 2007, 6:27 pm

    Congrats! And Keep up good works!

  • 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

  • Ross December 11, 2007, 2:51 pm

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

  • Jackie December 11, 2007, 3:01 pm

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

  • Archunan December 11, 2007, 5:58 pm

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

  • 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. :)

  • hank December 11, 2007, 10:11 pm

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

  • Ann December 12, 2007, 12:56 am

    looks like an interesting site

  • Jenni December 12, 2007, 2:39 am

    Congrats on one year! Hope there are many more.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Hazel December 12, 2007, 4:17 pm

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

  • Sara B December 12, 2007, 5:00 pm

    I signed up for the e-mail updates!

    I hope I win!

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

    Congratulations! Happy 1st birthday. :)

  • Ginny December 12, 2007, 11:49 pm


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

    Happy,Happy Birthday!

  • kitty December 13, 2007, 1:06 am

    Thanks for the contest. Happy Birthday.

  • KK December 13, 2007, 3:42 am

    Happy BDAY, keep up the great work!

  • Krusty December 13, 2007, 3:44 am

    Great job on your blog birthday!

  • 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!

  • Amanda December 13, 2007, 2:20 pm

    please enter me . I am blogging you too!

  • Nicole December 13, 2007, 2:45 pm

    Happy birthday!