6 months in. Wow, the year is officially half over. However, is there another way to look at it? What about – we have half of the year left to make an impact? I like the sound of that better. I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend and that everyone has enjoyed their time with friends, family and, well, updating their portfolios! I am excited to share my June dividend income results, as it happened to be – my best month, ever.
Side Hustles, ah yes, the sides hustles. A topic we, and so many others in the early retirement community, discuss constantly. In our journey to retire early and spend the rest of our lives pursuing our dreams or living life ON OUR TERMS, we look to scrape together every dollar. Why? Every dollar, every hustle, puts us one step closer to the end of the journey. For the first time ever, the two of us decided to hold ourselves accountable and publish our own “side hustle” report to provide some additional disclosure about the products, apps, and methods we use to earn an extra dollar or cut down our expenses. Time to check out our June Side Hustle Report from the double D, Dividend Diplomats.
Tough month for Clevelandars with our Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors in June. It’s okay, another year to plan and strive for the trophy. Our Cleveland Indians are playing some pretty damn good baseball and the perfect summer weather of low 70s and sun has started to peek through, as we recently had muggy/humid 80 degree weather. Amazon (AMZ) has purchased Whole Foods Market (WFM) and stocks are showing a few signs or better signs of opportunities based on valuation metrics. I wanted to share my July dividend stock watch list and to see if they happen to be on yours as well. Now, onto the stocks!
After taking a month off from the series in June (unintentionally of course)…I’m back! Each month, I like to summarize which Dividend Aristocrats are expected to increase their dividend in the coming month. As die-hard dividend growth investors, the two of us take great joy in closely monitoring and tracking the changes in our dividend income and dividend payments of the companies we own and companies that we are watching closely. Typically, July is a slower month than June, but there are still some great companies that are expected to reward their shareholders.
The buying spree continues here on our website. What makes this one more fun, and we haven’t done this in a long time, is that the two of us purchased the same stock within minutes of each other. Lanny has been the most active of late and recently purchased shares in Cisco. Bert on the other hand, has been mostly on the sidelines since him and his wife purchased their first house. Last week though, we saw an opportunity that was too good to pass up and pounced. See why we each purchased shares of Kroger (KO) during their recent slide.
We had an insane month of May, no questions asked. We bought a house, we attended a couple of weddings, and traveled to Boston for a graduation. A lot going on! If you recall, in what feels like forever ago by now, I wrote an article about how we were also going to have to purchase a car for my wife since her lease was set to end in May. So on top of all of it, we added buying a car to the mix! This time, something was different, we changed our plans at the last second and decided to purchase our first ever used car. Now, here is the “thrilling” story about one of my least favorite processes ever, buying a car.
You all know the drill by now, right? Every month, we try as hard as we can to aggregate dividend income summaries from as many of the other bloggers in the dividend growth investor community. There are so many great, inspiring stories out there that motivate the two of us each and every day. We do our best to include as many bloggers as we can; however, due to time constraints, we can’t include every blogger every month. It isn’t anything personal. Now, it is time to get inspired. Let’s check out our May dividend income summary from YOU the bloggers!