January has been off to an interesting start. Lanny has crushed it with his stock purchases over the last 30 days, adding some serious dividend income to his total. Me, not so much. I’ve been on the sidelines for a while now and talked about how frustrated that was making me in my last dividend income summary. Now, that’s no longer the case and I’ve finally made my first stock purchase of 2019. As the title suggests, I purchased shares of Dominion Energy recently and here are some of the main reasons why.
Lanny and I were painting the Dividend Diplomats’ headquarters last week (aka – his house). He left to take a quick water break and came back pretty excited. When he gets this tone in his voice, I know that only means one thing….there is a great stock that’s price is falling. He brought up the fact that Consolidated Edison’s stock price was down over 1.5% that day. Instantly I was excited because ED is one of our Top 5 Foundation stocks. After a brief discussion, I was sold. Here is why I added to my position in Consolidated Edison in June.
Money is a precious resource that buys time, other necessities and freedom. On a day off from work, I decided to continue the fight for the money that I earn. I have traded my time to earn funds and it’s time to make each dollar that I am making go further than before. We have had a few topics on this before, but today I wanted to list out the order of my operations, as I work to make my money go further. I do have one question. Are you willing to fight for your money?
Having cable is a hot topic in the personal finance community. There is one camp that consists of people who have been able to cut the cord and slash their cable, ditching traditional cable, and subscribing to a streaming service like Netflix. And the other camp, which I find myself in, have been unable to cut the cord because they like their traditional package and live sports too much! Well, last month, my cable contract expired and my rates were set to jump. I was torn in both directions and this was the closest I have ever come to cutting the cord. I wanted to share this experience with all of you…check out my last battle with my cable and internet provider.
Life is short, we all know that. Over time, small tweaks to financial habits can build up into a bureaucratic nightmare. That’s what I think happened to me and it caused an unnecessary burden. At the time of my decision, I’m sure getting that bank bonus was a great idea. I’m sure opening this new cash back credit card that is slightly different than my hotel points credit card appealed to me for some reason. There is nothing wrong with adding layers, cards, rewards programs like Swagbucks, etc. and I don’t want that to be the takeaway here. But for me, it has become too much. I want simplicity and efficiency with my financial habit. In this article, I identified three pain points in my current finances and propose solutions and action items for each.
My fiance and I have been joking around about this (well, mostly me) recently. When you talk about your wedding with your friends and family, there seems to be three questions that always enter the conversation. Where is your honeymoon? When are you having a baby? And when are you going to buy a house? I love the questions and have a great time talking about them. I just think it is funny how they always seem to come up! I’m sure most of you out there that have gotten married know exactly what I am talking about. The first two are easy answers, and unlike DivHut, you won’t be reading about a Baby Diplomat dividend growth investing fund anytime soon. The purpose of this article is to focus on point number three, when are we going to buy a house? I spoiled the suspense with the title of the article, so let’s take a look into why we are in no hurry to purchase a house after our wedding.