House Project Lessons – Refinishing Your Hardwood Floors Affordably

Finding the right person to refinish our hardwood floors was not an easy process, that’s for sure.  I spent a lot of hours scouring the internet searching for the perfect company.  I read countless reviews, scrolled through hundreds of pictures, read dozens of blog articles about how to affordably refinish our hardwood floors.  So I wanted to share some tips from our experience or knowledge I learned throughout the process to help others that are looking to have a similar project performed on their house without breaking the bank. Continue reading

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The Diplomats’ October Side Hustle Report

Another month is in the books!  What does that mean?  Another 31 days where we were able to earn extra money in order to pursue financial freedom.  October was not as bountiful from side hustle activities as months in the past, but we were still able to rack in a few extra bucks.  Always remember, every dollar counts in the pursuit.  Grab that cup of coffee and check out our October Side Hustle Report!

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Dividend Diplomats’ Recent Buy – AT&T (T)

We weren’t kidding with our dividend stock watch lists posted earlier this month, expected dividend increases and even tweeting about how the market is opening up opportunities.  It is always exciting  when dividend aristocrats go on sale and one has capital to deploy.  Due to the frugal lifestyle that Bert & I live, we were able to strike when the stock market took a few steps back.  The end of October & early November has opened up quite a few opportunities in the dividend investing arena and what do Dividend Diplomats do best?  You called it, brother, dividend investing of course!  Let’s dive in to see our recent purchase that we both ended up buying for our respective dividend stock portfolios!

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Lanny’s October Dividend Income Summary

Who else is ready for the final push of the year on the dividend stock investing front?  Even though time is going by fast, we still need to take time and analyze how performance has been on the dividend income front.  Without analyzing the pure numbers, how can one improve?  The leaves are falling fast, weather is dropping, the heat is on in the house and my dividend stock portfolio is warming up right along with it.  If only I can be financial independent with my dividend income right about now, would be icing on the cake.  Let’s check out my October 2017 dividend income total!

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Bert’s October Dividend Income Summary

The calendar has flipped once again.  You know what time that is…..time to summarize our monthly dividend income totals!  To me, nothing is better than compiled your results for the month and seeing the growth realized in a short 12 month period.   October came and went with a blink of an eye and it still blows my mind that 2018 is on the horizon.   Before I start looking too far ahead, let’s take a look and review my October divided income totals.

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Lanny’s November 2017 Dividend Stock Watch List

It’s getting colder here in Cleveland, currently 38 degrees as I’m typing this.  As the weather has gotten colder, the stock market has chilled down a bit and has created a few opportunities for us dividend investors.  I have not been as active the last few months as I’d like to be (as it relates to dividend stock purchases), but patience is a virtue in this game, that’s for damn sure!  Sitting here on the cold Saturday morning, sipping my warm coffee, I wanted to write my thoughts on three dividend stocks that I am considering for a future purchase.  Let’s grab another cup and check out the stocks!

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Expected Dividend Increases – November 2017

Another month, another installment of our monthly series highlighting one of our favorite aspects about dividend investing….DIVIDEND INCREASES!   For those of you that are new to our website, each month we aggregate a listing of companies that are expected to increase their dividend in the coming months.  Lanny and I are ALWAYS monitoring potential dividend increases in stocks we either own are on our watch list, so we thought it might be helpful to other dividend investors as well.  Let’s see which companies are expected to announce a dividend increase in November!

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