This month, my monthly cash flow received a nice boost. Finally, after 60 long months, I made my final payment on this oh-so-beautiful, dented (that I’m never going to fix!), black Toyota Camry! Now, I join Lanny in the “I’ve paid off my auto loan” club!
The market continued to slide the first few weeks of February. Dividend Aristocrats and other great dividend stocks continued to fall to levels I haven’t seen in a while. Lanny and I were having multiple discussions each day about which stocks are looking great and where to potentially focus our attention. Look how strong some of the names are that were on his January dividend stock watch list. Well, there is one stock that has continued to catch my eye as the price continues to decline. I’ve purchased the stock twice already in 2018 and I could not resist when their price fell below the half-century mark. Here is why I bought Realty Income (O) for the third time in 2018!
Goals. Man setting lofty and ambitious goals are so important to achieving success. I’m relatively new to the goal setting process and only started doing so just a couple of years ago. At first, I only set annual goals; however, after the third quarter, I took a new approach to setting goals. I created a list of four life and finance goals to compliment my lofty annual goals. The thought was I could focus on taking care of both little and big rocks during the quarter instead of focusing my attention solely on those lofty annual goals. In this article, I plan on reviewing these four fourth quarter goals. Let’s take a look at these goals and see how I performed.
Thanksgiving….done. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have officially passed and the damage was not too significant. I sit here today in disbelief thinking that November is already over and 2018 is rapidly approaching. Time flies and it seems to only go by faster and faster with age. Now that the calendar has turned and we have entered THE BEST dividend income month of the year. But before we start counting down the days until we received our mutual fund distributions, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look and see how I performed in November. Here is my November Dividend Income Report.
My wife and I moved into our house at the beginning of September. Finally, nearly three months later, we were able to solve the most controversial purchase and topic of discussion….our new couch. I cannot explain why, but we visited an insane number of furniture stores, sat on hundreds of couches, and could never find one that we both loved. Finally, though, after these three very long months, we found “the one.” I wanted to share the story about how a few simple tricks saved me almost $375 on our new could. The best part, it took less than a half hour to save some serious cash.
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!
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.