Lanny’s Q3 2017 Goals Update

Three quarters are officially in the books!  What does that mean for dividend investors and those pursuing financial independence?  This represents a great opportunity to review your goals and progress that has been made.  The year has come and gone in the blink of an eye, and with only three months remaining, we better make every minute count!  Through this point in the year, I will be able to identify if I will or will not achieve my goals, for the most part.  This also provides one last chance to change or alter my actions, in order to achieve the goals I set almost one year ago.

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Saving $2,000 on one House Project

I thought the title may lure you in.  My hands are beat up and dirty after the work that I did on Sunday, September 17th.  Let’s just say, I can now officially be called an Italian, as mixing and laying concrete was involved.  I’m excited to tell you about how I was able to save over $2,000 on one house project that I ended up doing myself.

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The Diplomats’ June Side Hustle Report

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.

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Lanny’s Recent Stock Purchase – Cisco (CSCO)

I am typing in a secure place at the moment and it could very well be thanks to Cisco (CSCO), which is the stock I purchased on Tuesday, June 13th.  I am ready to just go for it and keep buying stock fundamentally sound, dividend paying & increasing, globally recognized companies.  I am on that pursuit train to financial freedom and one doesn’t get there by sitting on the sidelines, but lacing up and getting into the game.  On Tuesday, I purchased stock into Cisco.

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Lanny’s May Dividend Income Summary

Summer is here BABY!  Memorial weekend just came to a close and man, the sun is shining fricken bright!  Cavs are in the finals and road-tripping is real.  On top of that – the Cleveland Indians are starting to roll wins and Encarnacion is using his bat finally!  Enough of sports and summer weather – dividends have fully come in for May, so let’s check out the dividend income summary!

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Best Use of Unlocked Cash Flow

Hello everyone!  Today, I went on a run outside and had a nice deep thought about what to do with an unlocked source of cash flow.  No, no this isn’t coming from my INCREASE in housing expenses or a pay raise.  This actually goes back to relate to paying off my auto loan earlier, rather than later.  This won’t be moving mountains, by any means, however this unlocks a new cash flow for me and now the debate is what to use the additional capital that will be available on a monthly basis going forward!

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Three Painful Housing Expense Increases

Ah, the house never ends!  I seem to find myself writing quite a bit about the cost of living in a house and the controllable/sometimes not so controllable costs associated with home ownership as well.  After various discussions with people and bills being paid – I’ve decided to write about the surprising increase in housing expense over three areas of living in a house – Insurance, Property Tax & select Utilities!  Come check out the “fun”!

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