Monday, May 22, 2017

RECENT BUY: Verizon Communication Inc (NYSE: VZ)


Verizon Communications Inc (VZ)
Purchased 15 shares of VZ on 5/17/2015 at $44.88

Total money spent: $673.20
$34.65 added to annual dividends

Since our purchases of Verizon Communications Inc (VZ) today were shares in a company that we already owned, our family's Dividend Stocks Portfolio remains the same with a total of 59 different dividend paying stocks/ETFs in the portfolio.

Our estimated forward dividends, however, grew another $34.65, putting our yearly dividends at approximately $2,820.84/year (excluding our Edwards Jones account) and $3,235.46/year (including our Edward Jones account). 

Our family's dividend stocks portfolio may be found
by clicking on the link below:

We also maintain an extensive list of stock analysis
that can be access through the link below:

We also just started a list of Recent Buys by other bloggers
that can be access through the link below: 


Verizon Communications Inc (VZ)
  • P/E: 15.19
  • Payout Ratio: 77.0%
  • Dividend Yield: 5.09%
  • Dividend Growth rate (5yr AVG): 2.90% 
  • 11 consecutive years of dividend increases
  • Last dividend Ex date: 4/6/2017
  • Next dividend Ex date: 7/6/2017
  • Dividend Payback Period: 17 years
  • Pays a dividend 4 times a year.
  • Market Cap: 185.2 Billion
  • 52-week high: $56.95
  • 52-week low: $44.46
  • Purchased Price: $44.88

What are your thoughts about my recent purchase?

What are you buying?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

We Just Joined the 500K Club!!

A BIG "Thank You" to everyone that has supported, and continues to support and visit our blog...whether you have been with us from the beginning or you've just recently joined the journey, we would like to thank each and every one of you for your support.  

We started blogging about our frugal family's journey roughly 38 months ago, on March 15, 2014. Our blogging journey started out as a hobby and simply a way to keep on track of our progress. Flash forward 3 years and roughly 2 months later, I am thrilled to announce that because of each and every one of our readers, we just reached yet another milestone.  As of yesterday, May 19, 2017, we became proud members of the 500K club! 

It took approximately 15 months to reach our first milestone of 100,000 page visits to our blog. The second milestone of 200,000 page visits took 6 months and 28 days. Our next milestone of 300,000 page visits, even with a 6-week hiatus last summer, took us 7 months. Our last milestone of 400,00 page visits then took 4 months and 22 days.  We did that on February 2, 2017. 

And thanks to all of you, our progress steadily continues to increase at a faster pace. I'm happy and blessed to say that we reached the 500,000 page milestone yesterday, in just 3 months and 17 days!
Since I am somewhat of a stats nerd, below are some additional stats behind our 500,000 visits.

Top Referring Sites

Google searches and internal cross links within our posts play a vital role in our blog traffic. But we also want to recognize and give special thanks to our twitter followers, as well as Captain DividendMy Dividend PipelinePassive Income Pursuitand Rockstar Finance for the traffic from your respective blogs. Lastly, although not present on the list above, I would like to also thank two other fellow blogger and friend, Roadmap2Retire for your continue support and mention of our Collection of Recent Buys and Collection of Stock Analyses.  

Also, thanks to all that have tweeted or re-tweeted our posts.  Our additional presence and our followers on Twitter continues to help get our blog grow. In case you would like to follow us on Twitter, we can be found under: @FrugalFamilyof4.  I'm proud to say that we now have 1,666 followers on Twitter. That is 191 new followers since our last milestone post on February 2nd.

Most Popular Page Visits
Our top three most popular page visits are: 1) Dividend Stocks Portfolio with 17,815 page views; 2) 2015 - Collection of Recent Buys with 13,052 page views; and 3) 2016 - Collection of Recent Buys with 10,988 page views. It is great to see that our readers are utilizing our free reference tools. We will continue to do our best to continue to maintain both collections to ensure they remain current and popular. 

Most Popular Posts

Our top three most popular posts are: 1) Stocks Added to Collection of Stock Analyses - December 2016 with 16,385 page views; 2) Stocks Added to Collection of Stock Analyses - November 2016 with 13,437 page views; and 3) P2P Accounts (Update) - August 2014 with 2,083 page views. It appears that readers value the UPDATES to our Collection to Stock Analyses more than the actual collection itself.  Seeing these results, we will certainly make sure to provide updates more frequently.  

Top Page Views By Countries

We are tremendously grateful that our blog has seemed to have a worldwide presence as evident by the chart above.  However, the top page views to our blog came from the following top three countries: 1) United States, with the largest presence at 328,740 page views; 2) Russia in second with 21,839 page views; and 3) Germany in third with 20,482 page views. The top four has remained unchanged since our last milestone post.  

Its fun to look at the stats and maybe even create a little friendly competition with them.  But the reality is, near or far, first or tenth, we truly value each and every reader.  Thank you for visiting!! Our blog and posts received the page views they did because of you (our readers and fellow bloggers).  Thank you for reading and/or sharing our post with others. We truly appreciate each and every one of you for the support!



Friday, May 5, 2017


Below is a recap of the dividends/partnership distributions that we received from our family's dividend stocks portfolio –  APRIL 2017 (recap).


During the past month, our family received dividends/partnership distributions from a total of 12 companies/ETFs/Partnerships!! The total monies received from those 12 companies/ETFs/Partnerships was: $314.29

Below is a breakdown of the dividends/partnership distributions received this past month:

4/03/17 - BPY (Brookfield Property Partners): $3.96
4/03/17 - WMT (Walmart Stores Inc): $20.91
4/03/17 - TIS (Orchids Paper Products Co): $17.50
4/03/17 - GPC (Genuine Parts Co): $3.38
4/04/17 - BPY (Brookfield Property Partners): $6.88
4/17/17 - WPC (W.P. Carey Inc): $5.97
4/17/17 - VER (Vereit Inc): $61.88

4/17/17 - OXY (Occidential Petroleum Corp): $15.20
4/17/17 - ARI (Apollo Commercial RE Finance Inc): $97.66
4/25/17 - GE (General Electric Co): $6.00
4/26/17 - ORCL (Oracle Corp
): $2.09
4/26/17 - BNS (Bank of Nova Scotia): $8.41

4/26/17 - CMCSA (Comcast Corp): $64.45


In case you interested, our family's dividend stocks portfolio 
may be found by clicking on the link below:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Net Worth Report (April 2017 Update)

Originally, I was only planning to provide annual Net Worth updates.  However, since I am now part of an active list of bloggers who provide their net worth on Rockstar Finance's page - The Ultimate List of Blogger Net Worth, I have decided to start providing quarterly updates.  Providing quarterly updates will allow us to keep our readers more updated with our overall progress towards Financial Independence. It will also allow us to stay accurate and current on the Rockstar Finance's Ultimate List of Blogger Net Worth. ;)

So at the end of the first quarter, our family net worth is as follows:

Retirement Savings:                      $ 468,092
P2P Lending Accounts:                   $  12,649
Dividend Stock Accounts (DSA):     $  75,040
DSA - Surplus Cash:                      $  18,238
College Savings Accounts:              $  64,382
Cash and Savings:                         $  65,239

(Increase of $11,675 since January 2017)

Although we do not count it as part of our Net Worth,
it is still nice to know that our Home Equity is:
(Increase of $13,793 since January 2017)

Although we don't consider our home equity as part of our Net Worth, we understand that some people do.  So for those who include home equity in their Net Worth, our family's net worth would be considered: $1,250,015 (Increase of $25,468 since January 2017).  It's a pretty awesome figure when you include the home equity but until we can accumulate 7 figures without our home equity, I refuse to consider myself a millionaire. 

* Although others do consider home equity, and even cars, collections, etc. as part of their net worth, it is our opinion that since these items are not very liquid and the value of these items is highly dependent on what others are willing to pay for them (at the present time), we have decided not to consider these type of assets as part of our family's recognized net worth.