Dividend Income

August Dividend Income and Net Worth Report – 2019

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So I’m late again with this report.  Life has been a little crazy with our drastic attempt to align the stars and the sun by selling our house while trying to perfectly time the completion of building another.  I see the appeal of the big ibuyers offer (Zillow, Offerpad, Opendoor).  Getting to pick your closing date and not deal with random visitors that expect your house to be clean at the spur of the moment… but we aren’t ready to take that kind of hit.  Anyway, downsizing our home hasn’t yet gone to plan (and just to set the stage), I’m really hoping I don’t have to write a negative “builder name” home review post!

August Dividend Income

This month I received $1,401.61 in dividend income!  On average, I was paid $36.88 from 38 different companies!  This month’s dividend income is an honorable 35.83% increase over August 2108.
To put things in dollar figures, that’s $369.7 more dividend income than last August!

Here is a chart of my passive dividend income progress over the last 4 years.

Here are the dividend stock purchases I’ve made between August 2018 and 2019 that have fueled this dividend income growth.

The dividend portfolio has been updated.

August’s dividend income covers utilities, food and insurance for the month.

August Dividend Growth (Dividend Increases)

Below are the realized dividend increases I received this month.

This month I received  8 increases.  Four of my holdings increased their dividends by over 10%!  While these might not be “normal times,” last August I also had 4 increases above 10%… and only 2 are the same companies!

August’s dividend increase adds $69.22 in annual dividend income.  This dividend growth is $68 more than I received last month!  August’s dividend increases are the equivalent of investing an extra $1,977.71 of new money at 3.5% yield.  That is the power of dividend growth investing!!

Net Worth

Net worth gently surpassed a new milestone number.  According to the numbers, everything is going extremely well.

Let’s do the numbers…August 2019 Net worth report


Not a lot happened with cash this month.  We are still saving to prepare for our home mortgage.  It’s been an odd balance between selling our overflow stuff for extra money and spending extra money eating out to keep our kitchen clean for showings.  All in all, we are are still in the green, however, our spending has been up this month.  This will readjust once we get our house sold and our new home purchased.

Real Estate

As I mentioned above, all is not going well with our new home construction.  Apparently, our home construction plans were dramatically changed by the builder in an effort to save them money – after we signed our agreement to buy.  What that means for us is the look of our home has been drastically downgraded.  That is just the tip of the iceberg, but we are still hopefull that the builder will make everything right.

Regarding our home sale… that’s been rather unfortunate.  We’ve had some low ball offers, nothing that’s really even been in the ball park.  Dozens of thousands of dollars off our asking.  At this point, we still aren’t desperate to sell.  And considering the way the builder is putting together our new home, there is a question as to whether it will be built to the specs we were given when we entered into the contract.  So we may not buy it anyway.

Our tenant in our rental property is continuing to pay on time and we haven’t heard a peep about repairs.  Wish it was always like that!


I am thrilled with the progress I’m making with net worth.  Paying down debt, investing and saving cash are doing the job well.  Trying to realize our downsizing goal has been a bit tricky, but I think it will workout well in the end… and save us almost $2,000 a month!  I hope we can make it happen!

I'm a dividend growth investor who is aiming to retire early in 4 years at the age of 45. My goal is to live off the income my dividend portfolio and rental property produce exclusively and leave the corporate rat race. I hope you will join me in this journey!


  1. Pig –

    Pumped you are making the most of everything, especially with the house build and sale of your current.

    In the end, your dividend income is booming and that’s what I love to see. Keep it up!


    • Blake

      Thanks Lanny! This new home build and current home sale has been a pain… but you know what hasn’t been – dividend income! That bit of investing magic has been automatic and easy.