Friday, June 23, 2017

Recent Buy: General Mills (GIS)

On June 23, 2017, I bought 17 shares of General Mills at $54.90 per share for a total of $950.30.  I'm currently eyeing SJM and SO has been on a free fall. Much much to buy. Forward dividend stands at $4,446.78. Let's reach my 2017 goal of $4,500.00 before July!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Buy: Walmart (WMT) and Store Capital (STOR)

On June 15, 2017, I bought

  • 4.346 shares of Walmart at $79.3781 per share for a total of $345.00 (Associate Stock Purchase Plan)
On June 16, 2017, I bought
  • 49 shares of Store Capital at $21.00 per share for a total of $1029.00.

Forward dividends stand at $4,413.32. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What woke me to Dividend Investing

As I grow older I am starting to realize two things
  1. My memory is starting to disintegrate. I'm starting to lose what I used to do or people I've known my entire life.
  2. I suffer from some form of autism. I can't sit still or read an entire book without taking a break or giving up after 30 minutes. 
Instead of trying to fight my brain I decided to start documenting stuff on my blog.

Today's entry: When I started dividend investing.

I was the summer of 2013 or 2014 (I forgot), I was working my normal shift of
  1. Monday: 6:00 am-8:00 pm
  2. Tuesday: 6:00 am-8:00 pm
  3. Wednesday: 6:00 am-8:00 pm
  4. Thursday: 6:00 am-8:00 pm
  5. Friday: 6:00 am-8:00 pm
  6. Saturday: 6:00 am-6:00 pm
Back then I was 30 or 31 making 50k a year (which was the most money i've ever made), but I was struggling with life. Day in day out going to the grind. Work, make money, spend money, etc. I used to watch house hunters just to hate the people on there for having that much cash.  During Spring of 2013 or 2014, I was assigned to a DC detail to help install computers, routers and switches for a new government building. Work was five days a week 8am-5pm. When I was ordered back my supervisor at the time asked why I wasn't putting in my 6-8 and if I really wanted my job. At that point something inside me snapped. I got home, got drunk, i remember breaking my radio, and started googling how to kill my boss. 

Somehow or another I came to the Dividend Growth Investor webpage, then Dividend Mantra, then Divhut, then Divgro, Afrugal family's journey, etc. As I was half drunk I copied all these links and sent it to my email. So yes I started learning how to invest by being drunk and unable to comprehend what I was reading.

After a month of hesitation I bought my first share of Coca Cola (KO). And I've been on that journey since. I've made a bunch of mistakes and done things I've regretted deeply. I'm still learning from you bloggers and am always willing to learn from others.  Even if I don't write anything on your board know that I am lurking all your buys.  I'm still working those crazy hours but now I get saturdays off. I'm getting paid 80k instead of 50 and I'm in my mid 30s with a portfolio near 250k. I'm behind many bloggers in term of pay/wealth but I learned over the years that I can't race with other people. I can only jog at my own pace and hope I get there in time. That's all I have to say.

Craziest thing I've done for dividend investing
My company finally gave me Saturdays off. With that new found freedom I took a job at Walmart working 10 am-7pm on weekends. Why do you ask? So I can buy walmart start at 15% discount. Since this walmart is new they will hire anyone. I have a feeling they will someday fire me for a full time staff so I'll move on. I heard McDonalds hire weekend part-time and also have the employee stock purchase plan

Tallies of time I left writing this post-5x

Friday, June 9, 2017

Recent Buy: Realty Income (O)

On June 8, 2017, I bought 18 shares of realty income (O) at $55.00 per share for a total of $990.00.  This buy will increase my dividends by $45.54 or $4347.32 per year.

Things I'm thinking about adding in June

  • SMJ below $120
  • O at $55 or lower
  • OHI under $31
  • HRL under $34
  • GIS below $55
Have a good june everyone.

Friday, June 2, 2017

May Review: $4,300 reached

Recent buys

  • 15 shares of Hormel (HRL) at $33.46 for a total of $501.90.
  • 9 shares of Realty Income (O) at $55.14 for a total of $496.26.
  • 1 share of Flowers Foods (FLO) at $18.50 for a total of $18.50.
  • 3 shares of Welltower (HCN) at $72.50 for a total of $224.45.
  • 4.409 shares of Walmart (WMT) at $78.2435 for a total of $345.00.

May's Dividends


Cash Flow Statement

Cash 32,843.39
Merill Edge76,478.32
Merill Edge Roth15,716.32
Total Portfolio222,529.80
Full+partime job$4,975.79
Side hustle$27.95
Total Cash Flow$5,201.10
Electricity Bill$117.68
Water Bill$117.64
Gas Bill$49.56
Car Bill$435.45
Misc. Spending $215.58
3 car insurance1,567.20
Total Liability$2,503.11
Total Cash Flow$5,201.10
Total Liability$2,503.11
percent saved51.87%

Forward Dividend Stands at $4300.08.  Have a good June everyone. Portfolio Updated.