September 2012 Monthly Expenses

Last month was not one of my better months for savings as I recorded a year low savings ratio of only 42%. I kept that data point in mind heading into September. Now that the month has closed and all my credit cards have been paid for, it’s time to see how

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Milestone Reached – $200 Month in Dividends

September was a very good month for dividends. After receiving my last payment from Pepsi (PEP), I’ve gone ahead and tallied up the total for the month- $229.38. This is a personal best, and the first time the portfolio has gone over $200 in a month. Here are the

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Portfolio Update: New Addition (CSX and NSC; September 28, 2012)

To say that railroads have been on my mind a lot lately would be an understatement. Just like when I play monopoly, my strategy for success is to ride the rails! Perhaps I’m getting a little too carried away, but at these low valuations, it’s been

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Portfolio Update: New Addition (INTC; September 24, 2012)

Well, I guess it was only a matter of time before I could no longer resist the temptation… I finally did it. I logged in this morning and found that the stock market was down again (it’s always negative on Monday’s, right?). Previously, I had targeted

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Watchlist (September 24, 2012)

I purchased 40 shares of Norfolk Southern (NSC) last week, but prior to that transaction, I’ve been mostly sitting on the sidelines. In general, I feel like the stock market is currently overpriced. Nevertheless, as a dividend investor, I’m always on the lookout, trying to find attractive valuations to add

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Portfolio Update: New Addition (NSC; September 20, 2012)

The railroad industry was hit hard today, and all the major players were down: UNP, CSX and NSC. I used today’s bad news to initiate a position in Norfolk Southern (NSC). This is a stock that I have had on my watchlist for quite a few months, always waiting for a pullback to occur. I noticed that the stock price was down

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