The key is to simply stay on track. Each month, as long as the received are larger than the previous years (given little/no surprises), that month should be seen as a success. That being said, this month has been a huge success. The scythe shows a 230% increase YOY for this month's dividend income. One can't complain when leaps forward are at that big of an increase.
In addition, the blog saw numerous posts as I was able to clear out some time in my schedule to get some writing done. Of these, I've started a series that I plan on writing more of that details different types of budgets that can be made. I feel that by doing this I can supply something of worth to those who find their way to this blog. The thought is that if a person makes their way here, they could find an interest in dividend growth investing. If that's the case, they will be best suited if they can budget correctly and use the proceeds to invest larger sums into their own scythes for continued success.
April also brought a few trades. This month, I sold my position in General Electric (GE) for an excellent 22% profit on sale. The proceeds of that sale were then used in conjunction with the 55% savings that the wife and I pulled this month to grab one new position and more of a previous. The new entry was had this month into Southern Company (SO). I was able to grab quite a few shares while they have been depressed and I also added another $1500 towards Target (TGT) because their price was just too good to overlook. It did put the portfolio a little tilted towards Target (TGT) but sometimes that can happen when a stock is basically on a fire sale. One has to take advantage of these when they present themselves.
Now, let's detail the month:
April Dividends Received
GE - $6.00
STAG - $1.75
RCL - $5.28
WMT - $8.16
RAI - $15.81
Total April 2017 Dividends: $45.51
Total 2017 Dividends Collected: $204.83
Total April 2016 Dividends: $13.75
Percent Dividend Gain YOY: 230% increase