Dividend Income Update // May 2017

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  • Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI) – $3.50
  • Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) – $8.25

Total dividends received for the month of May: $11.75

Here we are at the beginning of a brand new month…which means we have a chance to look backwards and count up all of the wonderful dividends that were deposited in our accounts! The rent may be due at this time but this is still the most wonderful time of the month, in my opinion!

May is always a slow month for me but I still managed to make nearly $12 bucks just from holding onto shares. Not a bad way to make a few dollars!

Thanks for reading.

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Dividend Income Update // March 2017

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March Dividends

  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) – $16.00
  • Amgen, Inc. (AMGN) – $9.20
  • Pepsi Co, Inc. (PEP) – $7.53
  • T. Rowe Price (TROW) – $17.10

Total dividends received for the month of March: $49.83

Sorry for the radio silence here over the last two months! Life has gotten in the way (yet again) of me being able to consistently post on time. But now that I’m here, we might as well jump right to it.

This March update represents a 30% yoy increase over last year’s published dividends; such a wonderful feeling! Though I’ve deploying my available capital to other accounts (more on that in a future post), I haven’t been allocating as much over the last twelve months to my taxable brokerage account. However, it’s still amazing to see how my dividends keep growing; even without having to do anything at all!

Thanks for reading.

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Dividend Income Update // February 2017

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February Dividends

  • Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI) – $3.50
  • Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) – $8.25

Total Dividends received for the month of February: $11.75

This represents a 80% yoy increase over last year’s published dividends – I’m loving how the dividends keep on rolling in!

Thanks for reading.

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Dividend Income Update // January 2017

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January Dividends 

  • Pepsi Co, Inc. (PEP) – $7.53
  • The Walt Disney Company (DIS) – $9.36

Total Dividends received for the month of January: $16.89

January is a low dividend paying month for my portfolio – as is the case for many others. However, I am happy to report that, while my holdings didn’t pay as much as some other months, I still received a 140% increase over last January’s published amount! Also, my Pepsi Co dividend amount increase by 7%; which means I received a “raise” for doing hardly anything but holding onto my shares. It’s a great feeling to see how my little portfolio is growing even with little effort.

Thanks for reading.

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2017 Goals

Hey folks!

First, I just have to say – 2016, what a year! It started off slow, got a little crazy towards the middle, and then ended with a bang, politically. 2017 pretty much picked up where 2016 ended but, if history is any indication, keeping my head down and working toward economic empowerment is the best way to navigate these uncertain times. No matter who or which political party is in office, I know that the best way to ensure that I am taken care of financially is to make sure I am setting and working towards achieving my goals.

Here are my goals for 2017:

2017 goals

Financial Goals-

  • Open a Roth IRA account.
  • Allocate at least $700 to either my taxable brokerage account or Roth IRA(or combination of the two) per month.
  • Increase my total net worth to $32,000 by 12/31/2017.
  • Hold taxable brokerage account balance of at least $13,000 by 12/31/2017 (Can include uninvested cash held in account).
  • Receive $300 in total dividend income.
  • Allocate $200 per month to a new car fund.

Health/Spirituality Goals-

  • Sign up for two 5K’s or one 10K by September 2017.
  • Donate at least $50 per month to church or reputable charitable organization.

Travel Goals-

  • Allocate at least $50 per month to my travel fund.
  • Take a least 2 domestic trips/international trips and 2 weekender/road trips.
  • Take a solo trip.

I’m grateful for what I have been able to accomplish thus far but I am absolutely looking forward to making great strides towards financial freedom in 2017!

Thanks for reading.

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Dividend Income Update // December 2016

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December Dividends

  • Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) – $8.25
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) – $16.00
  • Amgen, Inc. (AMGN) – $8.00
  • T. Rowe Price (TROW) – $16.20

Total dividends received for month of December: $48.45

That’s a 105% increase over December 2015! I am super thrilled to know that, month by month, I am earning income that I don’t even have to work for; it gets deposited into my account whether I ask for it or not.

Unfortunately, due to Pepsi’s weird payout schedule, I technically will not meet my 2016 dividend income goal. However, receiving almost $220 isn’t bad! I more than doubled the amount of dividends I received this year over last year and for that I am extremely proud.

Thanks for reading.

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My 2016 Year in Review

2016 year in review

The one thing I absolutely love about writing a finance related blog is the fact that I can keep track of how my net worth fluctuates from year to year. I am able to see how my savings rate increases and how my debts are slowly being erased; it’s truly a liberating feeling! Since keeping track of your progress in achieving a goal is the second most important thing (after setting one first), having a detailed log of how you’ve achieved them to reference is key to helping to keep you motivated.

Throughout this year, here are some of the advances I’ve made:

2016 Goals Reviewed

Financial goals
  • Allocate at least $625 per month to my taxable brokerage account. – PASS; Allocated an average of $825
  • Hold a portfolio balance of at least $10,500 by 12/31/2016. Can include uninvested cash held in account. – PASS; Portfolio balance is $10,749.41
  • Receive $225 in total dividend income. – FAIL; $219.89
  • Allocate an extra $50 per month to my car loan principal. – PASS
  • Pay off my car loan principal IN FULL (Balance is currently $4909). – PASS! Completely paid IN FULL!
  • Allocate 6% of gross income to company 401(k) to get full company match. – PASS; Completed 10/15/16
Health/Spirituality goals
  • Sign up for another 5K run or a 10K run by June 2016. – PASS; Completed April 2016
  • Donate at least $50 per month to church or a reputable charitable organization. – FAIL; monthly average $40
Travel goals
  • Allocate at least $50 per month to my travel fund. – PASS
  • Take at least 2 domestic/international trips and 2 weekender/road trips. PARTIAL; 1 international and 2 weekender/road trips

2016 Net Worth Reviewed

In December 2015, my total savings were $16,713.17. My total debts were $20,586.82.

My net worth as of December 2015 was -$3,873.65.

This year I really did strive to pay off as much debt as possible. I also really wanted to focus on saving a high percentage of my net pay and grow my net worth.

As of December 21, 2016, here is my financial situation:

Debt

Student loans:

$3,148.27 at 3.4%

$2,631.43 at 4.5%

$2,001.58 at 5.6%

$5,747.27 at 5.0%

Total student loans: $13,528.55

Car loans:

$0 balance

Credit Cards:

$0 balance

 Total Debt: $13,528.55 (decrease of $7,058.27)
Savings
 Retirement accounts:

$9,394.04

Personal Savings:

Emergency Fund balance at $5,000

Investment portfolio account balance: $10,749.41

Total Savings: $25,143.45 (increase of 8,430.28)

NET WORTH: $11,614.90

Wahoo! My net worth is finally positive! Up until this year, I was worth more as a baby with a $0 net worth (as the former Dividend Mantra used to say) than I was at 25. But due to diligently paying down debt, increasing my savings rate and making sound investment choices, I have crossed the $0 threshold and now know what it feels like to have a positive net worth; it feels great!

Stay tuned to see what my goals are for next year – I’ll have an updated blog post on that soon. I really can’t wait to see what financial goals I am able to achieve in 2017.

What have you accomplished in 2016? Let me know!

Thanks for reading.

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