Wow, 2019 is almost 75% of the way done. Look at that, look at that! If there is one thing that the year has taught us, it is that time is the most valuable commodity. Maximize your time, that’s the name of the game. For us, dividend growth investing is one of the main tools to unlock more time. That is why focusing on dividend increases is part of our daily routine. Each month, we take a look at major dividend paying companies that are set to announce a dividend increase in the coming month. Here are the expected dividend increases in October 2019.
Today, one of my co-workers was talking about his CPA exam and how he has one left to go to become an official CPA. Definitely a hard test, and thank goodness that’s long behind me. However, he was planning on taking it at the end of May. Even though we are in busy season, I stopped and asked, what? Why won’t you just put the 15-20 hours per week for the next 3 weeks and take the last part?! It dawned on him, after I laid it out – taking advantage of the one hour that you pound food, talk about the weekend with your boys and about what you’re going to do after work on Saturday, each and every afternoon gets you NO WHERE. If you want to accomplish things that you complain that you don’t have enough time for – make it a priority and take advantage of time, including that “lunch” hour. I don’t necessarily believe in a lunch-hour, I merely think of – you have a day – you are expected to accomplish work, objectives/deadlines, but definitely should take breaks throughout the day to do other things, etc.. but get your work done and in public accounting – be chargeable. I digress…I then showed my co-worker this lunch hour can produce 5 hours, at least, per week of studying, not including an early morning and then weekend studying after work and on Sundays. It finally hit him that accomplishing this goal is doable NOW instead of “maybe” LATER. It made me want to write about how to make the most out of what we call the “Lunch Hour”.
Many of the readers on these platforms are very frugal or are looking for ways to be frugal. I know I push myself in certain areas to limit the monthly expenditures I have that take away from life, interaction (to some degree) and also my pocket. I read an article from the NY times last year that said something around 90% of Americans are paying a form of cable television – 90%!!!! That’s a pretty alarming rate to see the vast amount of people that are paying on a monthly basis to your large corporations such as, but not limited to: TimeWarner, AT&T, DirectTV (or AT&T Now? haha), Comcast, WOW!, etc.. I know my fellow Diplomat – Bert – probably has shrills going through his body about this article because I know he enjoys having cable, more so for the fact to watch Sports, well, there are other means BERT.