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Recent Buy – LTC Properties (LTC)

LTC Properties LogoFinally I can post my first buy in August! I have been slacking lately on my buys but capital has been tight and used for other things. Can’t believe it has over a month since my last buy back at the end of June where I bought more shares of GIS. I am pleased to announce my August buy of LTC Properties Inc (LTC). This is a new position in my portfolio. I purchased 17 shares at a cost basis of $46.97. You can find more info on LTC below.

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8 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Used Car

The following is a guest blog post by David at CarUnderstanding:

 

Buying a Used Car

You’re thinking of buying a car. You’d want to have the luxury of traveling to places without relying on others. You’d want to bring your family or friends on a road trip or on vacation.

    The problem is, a new car does not fit into your budget.

    The good news is, you can purchase a used car. However, purchasing a used car may not be as easy as it seems. You’d have to do some careful planning and research to make sure you get the best value for your car. Plus, you don’t want to end up with a car that runs on too many expenses, right?

    By the end of this article, you will have a better idea of what it takes to buy a used car. We’ll discuss the mistakes to avoid when buying a used car. Just make sure to avoid these, and you’ll be good to go.

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Dividend Update – July 2017

July 2017 Passive Income Report

Seems it was only a week or so ago when I posted my dividend income from June. It has already been a whole month since then. Can’t believe how fast this year is going by. Need to enjoy the nice weather more while it is still around. Nothing really anything exciting happened this month, but from a dividend perspective, there are some outstanding growth percentages. Let’s dive into the numbers!

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The Impact of Rising Interest Rates on Finances

The following is a guest blog post:

 

Over the last year, there has been quite a bit of chatter about the Fed and its intent to raise the interest rate. The current state of the economy seems to the catalyst for the change, but not everyone is convinced an interest rate increase is in their personal best interest.

 

Many consumers are worried that an interest rate hike could negatively impact their financial situation – a natural response to what the media makes out to be a fairly big move away from low, relatively affordable rates. But there’s good news mixed among the gloom and doom of the Fed’s decision.

 

Here’s what you need to know about an interest rate hike.

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2017 Goal Update

Review and update goals about frugality, saving, investing, passive income, blog traffic, and travel.I can’t believe the year is already halfway over. It has been flying by. It has been so crazy busy lately, I’m running out of hours in the day. As a DGI investor, we love to look at our old months and compare our progress. Set a benchmark and strive to reach new milestones every month or year. I have been very up to date on those numbers and posts since they are everyone’s favorites, myself included. However, I noticed recently that I have not gone back to reflect on my goals. That is kind of a big deal. How do you expect to accomplish goals when you don’t review them? If you aren’t looking at them for months, you may even forget what goals you have. So I figured with half the year already in the books, I will take a moment to reflect and check the progress of my yearly goals.

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Dividend Update – June

June is officially over and with it, another quarter ending month and half of 2017. Crazy how fast time goes! It has been crazy busy lately around my household so hard to find time for anything, but it’s still nice to take a moment and stop to reflect on last month and its achievements. Quarter ending months are the things DGI investors live for. And they are some of our favorite months to report because they usually entail huge gains and dividend income. So I am pleased to present my June 2017 dividends!

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Recent Buy – General Mills (GIS)

General Mills Logo (GIS-2)I can’t believe it has been so long since I made a purchase. My last stock purchase was back in early May. Had a few big expenses hindering my purchases since then, but it is nice to be back on track and making some moves in my portfolio. Last week I hinted at making a new purchase in my June 2017 Stock Poll Results. I selected one of those 8 stocks from the poll that I thought had great value at these prices and picked up a few shares. If you haven’t already figured it out, I purchased 9 shares of General Mills (GIS) at $56.59. You can find more info on GIS below.

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Results – June 2017 Stock Poll

Last Friday, we ran a little experiment and I let you vote on a few dividend stocks. You can find the June 2017 Stock Poll here. I was hoping for a little larger turnout that participated but I am still happy to get some good data and view points. As of today, I closed the polls and am ready to announce the results!

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Effect Of Your Past Money Memories On Current Finance Behavior

The following is a guest blog post by Stacy B Miller:

 

Seldom do we realize that our past money memories cast a long-term impact on our financial behavior. Those childhood memories shape our beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and attitude about money.

 

Don’t agree with me? Okay. Let me share my story with you. Hopefully, after you finish reading my story, you’ll understand what I’m trying to convey.

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June 2017 Stock Poll

Lets try a little experiment here. I have select a few stocks that I believe provide some value at current prices. I either own these currently and wish to expand my position or am looking to open a new position with that company. Let’s get your opinions on what is on your watch list and what you think has great value currently. If your choices aren’t on the poll, feel free to comment or email me and I will try to add them. For now, let’s keep the poll open for a week before I publish the results. Let me know what you think. Have fun!

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