Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Down But Not Out !

It looks like I'm going to have to take a break from dividend investments this month unfortunately. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and burdens us with unexpected expenses and this month was one such occasion for me.

I took my car up for an inspection so I could renew my license plate tags but my beloved 2002 Ford Focus hatchback failed miserably. I actually knew it was going to fail because the check engine light was on and I suspected a bad fuel pump from the code reader I tested it with. Well they did change the fuel pump but that didn't fix the issue so now we have to do more work. On top of that it failed a safety inspection because the rack and pinion was leaking from three spots. I replaced that as well. So now I'm down about $1700 and my car still needs work. Arrgh !

Anyway I don't think I will be making a purchase here for at least a few weeks as a result of my surprise expenses so it may be quiet around here. In the mean time I will still be watching out for good deals in the market and it looks like we may have more and more if the market keeps dropping.

If anyone wants to write a guest post in the mean time, hit me up at !

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

August 2016 Dividend Income Update

It's time for my August dividend update! This month I earned $290.14 which was a small step backwards compared to last quarter and even last year where I earned $309.01 for the month of August. The difference is due to my sale of Realty Income in July and even though my purchase of Abbott Labs (ABT) helped offset those losses it just wasn't enough to keep me over that $300 mark, but I'll be back over that in no time!

This month featured one purchase of Flowers Foods and 8 different companies as well as a bond fund payed me dividends this month.

August Purchases
August Dividend Increases
  • General Mills (GIS) - From .46 to .48 (+4.3%)  Note: This is the 2nd raise in two quarters!
  • Clorox (CLX) - From .77 to .80 (+3.8%)
August Dividend Income
  • AT&T (T) - $108
  • WGL Holdings (WGL) - $32.18
  • General Mills (GIS) - $37.44
  • Clorox (CLX) - $15.20
  • Peoples United Financial (PBCT) - $37.91
  • Proctor & Gamble (PG) - $22.76
  • Abbott Labs (ABT) - $7.02
  • Tompson Financial (TMP) - $19.80
  • Powershares Muni Bond ETF (PZA) - $9.83
Total Dividends August 2016: - $290.14