Dividend and Expense Updates

Check out this category for all my dividend and expense updates. I track my dividends and expenses monthly to keep track of my progress on the path to financial independence. These dividend and expenses updates include cool graphs and a lot of other info about what's going in my life each month. They're a good spot to check up on me, see my growth and get motivated to save on your own. I started this blog a few years to motivate myself on the journey to financial independence and these dividend and expense updates have been a huge part of that. Hopefully they can give you some insight in what you can do to save more money and how you can grow your dividends too.

  • December Dividends

    Dividend and Expense Review – December 2019 – December Dividends

    It’s that time of year. December dividends are in and counted! Hope your holiday and new year’s break was great but it’s time to get back into the swing of things! If you’re an investor, December can be a big deal. It’s the biggest dividend payout month of all for most. Mutual funds and ETFs pay quarterly and some even pay once a year. That leads to big numbers in December. That’s the case for me as one my bigger mutual fund holdings pays once in December. As such, December dividends are the highest total I see each year. I know that every little month matters. However, it’s always cool…

  • Dividend and Expense Review – November 2019 – Three Paycheck Time

    [This article about a three paycheck month may contain affiliate links at no cost to you] Ah November, a month of wonder. It’s a three paycheck month, it gets cold and dark early and we stay in all the time. Wait, all of those things except the three paycheck suck. After we travel, I generally get a pretty good savings rate in the month that follows. The reason for that is simple. We eat a ton of stuff at fancy restaurants and do a bunch of stuff during the vacation. Afterwards, we just want to chill and relax for a bit. Fancy food gets tiring when you do it every…

  • Dividend and Expense Review – October 2019 – an Atlanta Trip

    October was the month of our Atlanta trip. We generally try to take a vacation or two every year. It’s always nice to experience new places. I’m not a huge traveler so one or maybe two trips are enough for me. Last year, we had our honeymoon in Hawaii and this year we had…Atlanta. Almost as good! In all seriousness, the trip last year was so big that we were looking forward to taking it easy on this one. It was also an easy 2.5hr direct flight as well. Much shorter than Hawaii! And actually, Atlanta was quite cool. Nothing will compare to Hawaii but we had a lot of…

  • Dividend and Expense Review – September 2019 – REIT Dividends Fall

    This article about REIT Dividends may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no cost to you. I only recommend products I use and trust. Please read my disclosure for more detail. REIT dividends were down this month. I invest entirely in REIT mutual funds and ETFs so payments can be erratic. That was the case this year as REIT dividends this quarter were a good deal below last year despite owning more shares. That doesn’t mean anything really as REIT dividends were up quite a bit in the first two quarters and may be up the next quarter as well. However, it does speak to my…

  • Dividend and Expense Review – August 2019 – All My Insurance Bills

    For some reason, August is when I get all my insurance bills. It’s the car insurance month and it’s also the renter’s insurance month. On top of that, I’ve got my standard health insurance bills coming through and it’s a recipe for a tough savings month. We’re also taking a trip to Atlanta in a month and I booked the flights and car rental in August. That means that expenses trended up so savings rate will trend down. In fact, August has historically been my worst savings month. I guess the insurance bills are part of that but I’m assuming other expenses always come up. Since I started tracking, my…

  • Dividend and Expense Review – July 2019 – Growing Side Income

    Side income was the name of the game this month. My post about beer money spoke about how I was starting to try to make money online. July was the first month when that side income started being visible. In fact, 9.1% of my income came from side hustles this month. The majority of that was from Amazon Turk. However, I also got received $133 from one study on Respondent. I’ll write more about this in a separate post. However, it’s clear that making side income online is doable. I did spend more time in July doing these things as part of my beer money post. That means I don’t…