Monday, July 2, 2018

June Review / July Preview, 2018

Beach Bod Gremlin here to talk about June and look towards July.  June in someways was, thankfully, a lazy month with a few plan-less weekends and only 1 trip (to a wedding).  It was nice to slow down a little and enjoy some quiet time.  The baby continues to grow rapidly, and he will soon be mostly mobile - a scary thought for the uninitiated.  Meanwhile the World Cup marches on, and it has been full of some awesome upsets.  Its great to watch new teams win, makes the whole thing more exciting when none of your teams remain.

July should an interesting month.  We have the 4th of July, a family reunion, and a week of dog sitting in the cards.  Sadly, it won't out perform June in dividends...


This month I made no new stock purchases.

Last month I brought in a total of $384.54 in dividends ($157.37 taxable, $84.31 Roth, and $142.85 IRA).  This is an increase from last year ($298.63 total) by 28.7%. This is my biggest month ever, just edging out last March.

In terms of dividend increases, I realized* 5 raises from Pepsico (PEP), Sonoco (SON), Unilever (UL), Johnson and Johnson (JNJ), and Exxon Mobil (XOM).  The increases range from 5% to about 15% (mostly around 5-7%).  I have now realized 32 raises thus far this year.

Next month I will realize two raises from Realty Income (O) and Leggett & Platt (LEG).  The increases are 0.2% to about 5%, respectively.

* I only count increases when realized, because until that money is delivered any statements or declarations are simply conjecture.


The mortgage continues, so at least part of our 'rent' counts towards our house. Our debts currently outstrip our assets (I choose not to count the house as an asset).  Outside of our house, we still have very low interest auto debt (1.9 and 1.5% for our cars).  Both my car and house are receiving slightly out-sized payments monthly.  We are effectively eliminating debt, while still building and assets.  Even on just one income (for now).

July has a small family reunion, which should be an interesting time, otherwise I am hoping for a little bit of boredom - its nice to unwind sometimes.

My next buy will occur after the closure of the Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS ) - Keurig / Green Mountain merger - July 5th - which is nice.

Next month should produce around $82 in dividends, which is a 12% YOY increase.

My portfolio page is currently up to date.

Hope everyone has a great June.
- Dividend Gremlin
- Long all stock tickers mentioned


  1. Nice double digit year over year gain for June. Congrats on your biggest month too. Keep reducing that debt and take time to enjoy a laid back July with family.

    1. Keith,

      Thanks for the comment! Keep it up yourself too!

      - Gremlin

  2. Continue reducing that debt will be key. Congrats on great YoY gain for June! :)

    1. Tawcan,

      I agree with that entirely, a few years from now a lot of it will be in the mirror. Thanks for the comment!

      - Gremlin