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Hello everyone! Hope you are enjoying your September as much as I am. Especially being a quarter ending month, I hope to see some big dividend numbers out of everyone soon. But with still a few weeks left to go in the month, we can talk about dividend gains later. Recently, I have seen a few of the other members of the DGI community posting about their 1 year blogging anniversary. To those of you who have already crossed this mark or just recently posted about it, congrats again!

 

 

It got me thinking about this site, especially since my one year mark is still coming up in a few short months. Now when the time comes, I fully intent to write a post about it. I’m sure I will go over the typical what have I achieved since I started, what I have learned, what I still want to do or accomplish moving forward, etc. Those or any other future goals will probably end up in their own post come year end. But I don’t want this post to be about that.

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Dividend Update – August 2017

Passive income report august 2017

 

August has just flown by! It has been an awesome month for me! First off, I was able to take a nice long weekend off and go out of town for a mini vacation. Then a week later, I took an entire week off for a full vacation. That combined with a Monday off for the holiday, gave me 10 days straight off of work including the weekends! I don’t think I have ever been able to pull something like this off ever. On vacation I was able to also cross off a few bucket list items. Going to New York City was the first. Lots to see and do there for sure, just wish I had more time.

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Real Estate vs Dividends – What is better for Retirement Income?

Dividends vs Real Estate - Best for retirement income

These days, everyone is working harder than ever to pursue that dream of retirement. Wither retirement comes early or later, we all are striving and preparing for it.  However, everyone goes about preparing in different ways. Some find themselves building a diverse portfolio of dividend or growth stocks to provide passive income for years to come. Others take the more hands off approach and invest into low cost S&P500 funds and just let it ride. Real estate is very popular, especially among the baby boomer generation. Though not optimal, you could also just have a big stock pile of cash you can live off of to it retirement. While they all end up with the same result of getting us to that magic place away from our full time jobs called retirement, what method performs best once we actually get there? What is better to use as retirement income?

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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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