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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 2017

June 2017 Passive Income Report and Q2 resultsJune 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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Small Savings, Big Impact

Spongebob Patrick,, I have $3 Dollars MemeWe hear sayings all the time. For instance, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Which implies if you eat healthy, you will keep yourself and body healthy. That is solid childhood advice. However, we can use that same lesson in our finances. So I propose a new saying, “A dollar a day helps our investments pay.” Let me explain.

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Dividend Update – May

Wow, I can’t believe May is already over. That went so fast. Finally the weather is starting to turn and get warmer. I get to spend a lot more time outside playing sports and just enjoy the summer time. The best thing to remember though is, while you are out having fun, your invested money is still working for you! Let’s take a look at how my portfolio performed in May. See more details from May below:

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Equity Crowdfunding – A New Source of Passive Income?

    Private Equity has been around for a long time. An individual or firm provides money in order to get a business venture started. In turn, the investors own equity in the company and get a share of the profits. Crowdfunding has been getting very popular over the last few years especially on sites like KickStarter. People post ideas or things they need money for and people from all over the world can donate to the cause if you will. Sometimes it is just fun to read the posts on that site. I have seen anything from raising money to create movies, to some guy waning to make potato salad! The difference however, is these individuals simply donate money and do not get anything out of it afterward depending on what the kick start entails. An example is, if enough money was raised to fund a movie idea, the movie itself would be its own reward once completed. But what if these two ideas were merged together?

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11 Frugal Habits Of The Super Rich

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