Dividend Growth Stocks

Money in the Trough – Dividend Stocks I’ve Bought – October 2017

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Once again, I’m late to publish the dividends stocks I’ve been buying this October.  It’s been a trying month to say the least.  Anyway, in an effort to get this published today, I’ll keep this very short.

It’s again been a difficult month for me to find deals in the dividend stock world.  Yet, I’ve still managed to add almost $300 in forward dividend income this October!

I feel comfortable with all the stocks that I’ve been purchasing will continue to pay and grow their dividend for years to come.  However, I have been somewhat neglectful to some of the old guard and feel compelled to add to my positions in these fantastic, yet wildly overvalued companies.  JNJ, MMM are two that I continue to kick myself for not buying more when they were reasonably valued in the past.  JNJ dividend yield and MMM dividend yield ranges are trading near their five year lows.  I just can’t bring myself to pull the trigger while these companies are so historically expensive… but I would love to add more!

So, here is the list of dividend stocks I have been buying this month.  You can click on the underlined stock tickers in the table below to see their historic dividend yield ranges.


My dividend portfolio has been updated with these buys.  I will keep this page updated with additional purchases made this month.

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. DP –

    Killer month, impressive results and great purchases. I scooped up some Hormel when they hit below $30.50, just had to. So close to picking up GIS, their yield, due to their lower div growth year, needs to be higher for me right now. Congrats!


    • Blake

      Hi Lanny,

      Nice buy on HRL. Glad to hear i’m in good company! Packaged food sector has been really beaten up and many of the companies are trading near their low yield range… like GIS I doubt we’ll see them go much lower (unless there is a broad market selloff).

      As always, great to hear from you!

  2. Sorry to hear about the trying month. The plus side, as you mentioned, is that you were still able to add some solid dividend income despite what you have going on in the background. Very nice additions to your portfolio.

    Take care,


    • Blake

      Hi Bert,

      Thank you! Things are back on the upswing now. The difficult month is practically over, and everyone is doing much better!

      Thank you for dropping in!

  3. Nice buys! I got myself some T & GE. This is in addition to my regular ETF purchases. Not sure if GE bottomed yet, i might add more if it drops.

    • Blake

      Hi DG,

      Nice work… look at you being greedy while others are fearful. I’ve not sold my GE, but I haven’t added anymore either. It will be interesting to see how all this shakes out!

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

  4. Those were some excellent purchases DP. I own a few of those companies, including T, GIS, and HRL. Congrats on adding another $300 to your forward annual dividend income.

    • Blake

      Hi DP,

      Thanks! Glad to know I’m in good company! Big food has been on a big sale, hard not to nibble on those delicious dividends 😉

      Good to hear from you!