2017 Dividend Recap

Nyhavn Christmas Market Copenhagen Denmark

Nyhavn Christmas Market – Copenhagen, Denmark

I’m about a month late, but I still wanted to share our 2017 dividend totals.  The numbers below represent dividends received from both individual stocks and Vanguard index funds in taxable accounts.  I do not track dividends in our retirement accounts.

For the year we earned $4,751.38, a 38% increase over 2016!

Below is a comparison of monthly and cumulative totals over the last few years.  The big jump this year was the result of a special dividend payout from an individual stock in February (PIP: $873.00) along with an overall increase in deposits to our index funds.  We also own a handful of non-dividend paying stocks, which are obviously not accounted for here.

2017 Dividend Totals

The list below provides a breakout of how much dividends were earned by each stock or index fund.  In the future, I’d like to reduce the number of individual stocks we own, with a preference to those that will provide steady dividend growth for years to come.  Some of the stocks are holdovers from purchases made many years ago and should probably be sold off with the proceeds used to help re-balance our portfolio.

I’ll get around to it one of these days!

2017 Dividend Breakout

2016 Passive Income Recap


Happy New Year, everyone!

We’re only six weeks into our new Wednesday posting schedule and I almost missed one already.  Today, I want to give a quick recap of our 2016 passive income totals.

At the beginning of 2016, we set a goal to earn $6,000 in dividends (taxable accounts only) and $10,000 in private real estate lending.  So how’d we do?

I knew from the start our dividend goal was ridiculously aggressive and there’s was a good chance we wouldn’t make it.  From my point of view, there’s no reason to set easily attainable goals, so go big or go home.   Continue reading

Financial Impacts of Moving


Last glimpse of our empty Texas house

The prevailing theme of this blog over the last few months has revolved around our recent move from the US to the UK.  Huge life changes like this often come with massive financial impacts.

Fortunately for us, the actual move itself was free.  Packing and shipping our household goods, airfare to London, and temporary lodging were all paid by the US Government.  After all, they were the ones responsible for our move.  For our family of five, I’d estimate the value of these services exceeded $15,000.

However, before moving we needed to sell our house along with many of our other possessions. Continue reading

Third Quarter Passive Income Update

It has been quite some time since we’ve provided an update on our passive income streams or discussed anything finance-related.  Between everything involved with moving overseas and not having a home internet connection for the majority of the last two months, this has pretty much fallen off our radar.  Thankfully, these income streams are passive, so they’ve just been chugging along as usual.


I was really hoping to grow our dividends by about 25% over last year, but we’ve hit a few bumps in the road.  Namely, one individual stock in which we hold a fairly large position cut its dividend by 89% earlier this year costing us roughly $460 over the last two quarters.  Secondly, each of our index funds paid out significantly lower dividends this past quarter than they did the same quarter last year. Continue reading

Secondary Income – Q1 2016 Update

After writing the previous post updating our first quarter dividends, I realized some of you may be interested in an update on our other side income streams.  Here are our totals for the year so far and my rough projections for the rest of 2016.

Q1 2016 Side Income

Most of these look fairly similar to last year, with one big exception.  With our upcoming move, we will be selling a lot of stuff including two cars, an office desk, and possibly a few TVs.  I think $20,000 may be on the conservative side and wouldn’t be surprised if we come in over $25,000.  Most of these sales will happen towards the end of the second and beginning of the third quarters.

Stay tuned for our next update!