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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Lanny’s April Dividend Income Summary

Put it on the board!  Yes, another month is down and how exciting are these times for us dividend investors?  Tax discussions, price swings within the stock market and a plethora of dividend increases to boot.  One thing that i wished that cooperated better was the weather here in Ohio – it has swung wildly from mid-40’s to mid 80’s on a few occasions.  All is okay, as the Cavs are cruising in the 2nd round and the Tribe are playing okay!  Without further-ado here is April’s dividend income summary!

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Lanny’s March Dividend Income Summary

Quarter 1 of 2017 is now officially int he books!  Here we go, the music starts, the sun is brighter and I am feeling better/more rested each day.  What else does this mean for, more specifically, US dividend income investors?  The biggest month worth of paydays has finished and I can only hope the community feels the same.  Did we set records?  Did we reach expectations or did we learn something that we can create growth from?  Time will tell when we are able to review all of the articles being released, but I am very pleased with how March ended from a dividend income stand point.  Let’s dive into the results!

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