Living Frugal – Entertainment- Free Ebooks

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Introduction

Living frugal is a good way to increase the amount of capital you have to invest on a monthly basis. Small purchases here and there over the course of a month can add up to big money. Sometimes we’re talking enough capital to purchase an additional share or two, and when we’re talking about dividends, could mean adding dollars to your annual income. It definitely adds up.

People tend to spend a lot of money when it involves their entertainment.  In these series of posts, I’ll be highlighting what I do to provide entertainment to myself . First post up— books! Now the question is, where do we find free ebooks to enjoy?

Now I love to read. Both fiction and nonfiction, I find cracking open a good book just as thrilling as watching my favorite television show. I’m constantly reading no matter what I’m doing. There has definitely been a shift away from reading in general with the rise of television, movies and video games all fighting to take away your free time. But I encourage everybody to turn off their Game of Thrones or Assassin Creed game to enjoy a beautifull written book every once in awhile!

What are ebooks?

Chances are you already know what ebooks are all about. They’ve been around for years now and the ease/speed of acquiring them isn’t going away anytime soon. eBooks are just the digital form of books. There’s also been a big trend towards independent writers self publishing their own work on websites instead of going towards the traditional publishing route so I don’t expect it to go away anytime soon.

What Devices Can Free ebooks Be Read On?

You don’t need any special device in order to get into reading ebooks. There’s a good chance you already own a device that is capable of reading them. Most smartphones/tablets come with apps that will allow you to read them.

  • Apple Devices have iBooks
  • Android Devices have a bunch of apps in the Play Store.

You can also read ebooks from any Desktop or Laptop using Calibre.

I personally use a Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon. I feel it’s a good tradeoff between having a device that sort-of feels like a traditional book but with a much smaller form factor. I can store thousands of book on them and can pick what I want to read while out on the road.

Where Can I Get Free Ebooks?

There’s plenty of places online to find free ebooks. Be cautious though because not all books are available  legally free in your country and I’m a firm believer that copyright should be respected. The copyright laws vary by country so please take a little bit of time and figure out if something should be available to you. The following are all legal though and easy to download. Enjoy!

Local Library – A lot of local libraries are set up to allow ebooks to be downloaded to their patrons. Check for a local library location nearest you and support them! Libraries are great places to also pick up books, movies, etc. And the best thing about them, they’re always free!

Manybooks.net – This website was started in 2004 and has accumulated over 160 million books downloaded. It includes not only classic books but also releases newer titles from unknown indie authors.

Here’s a few titles I enjoy:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft

Project Gutenberg – The internet’s oldest digital library boasts thousands of public domain books in it’s archives. Public Domain basically means that the works are old enough to have left copyright and are available to everyone for free.project_gutenberg_logo

Their website is a little wonky to navigate and they use something called Book Categories as a way to divide the works up. They also provide shortcuts to view their most popular books and their top 100 books and authors for the last thirty days.

There are a lot of classics out there and no matter if you’re reading it for the first time or wanting to dust off a book you’ve read for high school, Project Gutenberg is sure to have something for everyone. Formatting wise, Project Gutenberg isn’t the greatest. Their process of creating their ebooks is automatic and not perfect. But we can overlook its faults because they’re free.

Here’s a few titles that I enjoy.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Amazon Prime – While not technically free— I find more and more people that I talk to have purchased Amazon Prime due to their free shipping and amazon instant watch but fail to remember that they also offer free books.

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/prime-pr

They’re constantly adding and removing books in Amazon so I don’t want to link directly to anything specific. So for now, if you have Amazon Prime, just pick a genre and see what’s popular! I”m sure you’ll find something to enjoy.

NASA – I know this is a little weird and not totally expected but NASA (yes the government agency) offers free ebooks on Aeronautics, History, Science and other space things!

https://www.nasa.gov/connect/ebooks/index.html

This should get you started with finding something to read. If anybody has any recommendation, please feel free to leave a comment.  If I come across any other good sites, I’ll be sure to let you know as well!

Dividend Noob Portfolio Update for November 2016

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The goal of my dividend growth stock portfolio is simple and I contribute to it every month in order for it to continue returning passive income straight to my account. It currently returns over $1,500 a year and I, in turn, use that money to purchase additional shares of good, strong companies. This creates a snowball effect that piles up bigger and bigger the longer it happens. You might have heard of Dave Ramsay’s Debt Snowball? Well this is even better!

The biggest news item for the month of November was the United States Presidential Election where Donald Trump won the majority of the Electoral College votes but failed to win the popular vote. This will be the fifth person to become president despite losing the popular vote in America. This has caused a pretty divisive split between Americans and we’re far from seeing the last of the fallout due to it. But this blog isn’t about politics, it’s about making passive income in the form of dividend growth stocks!

Let’s see what happened to the portfolio for the last month and I’ll try and give you my thought process for why I did things.

Deposits

In order to help increase the funds available to purchase high quality dividend stocks, I set up for my Robinhood account to pull $150 from my checking account twice a month(7th and 21st).  I set up the withdrawal dates to coincidence on the dates that my paycheck clears into my account. This sets me up with $300 a month without having to do a thing.

I also scheduled a $500 deposit at the beginning of November. One of my goals was to keep adding additional funds to the account every month, on top of the $300 that’s auto-deposited. The amount of money is different every month and depends on how much free cash I have after bills are paid. $500 is a great amount and I continue to strive to meet and or beat this every month!

The next deposit was a speculative decision based off the presidential election. If you followed any of the media concerning the election, many media outlets said the stock market would “crash” or dip hard on a Donald Trump victory. If the stock market did dip then I would be in a good position if I had extra funds in my account to purchase stocks. I transfered $8k from my savings account over into my Dividend Portfolio in case it did happen. After Donald Trump won the election, the stock market ended up rallying and going to new highs which trumped my plans on buying these dividend champions on sale. Oh well.

.Total: $150 + $150 + $500 + $8,000 = $8,8000

Dividends

It was a pretty weak month in terms of dividend payouts with the portfolio only returning $55.67 in income. The following table lists them out.

 

T 25 shares @ $0.48 = $12.00
AAPL 5 shares @ $0.57 = $2.85
SDIV 100 shares @ $0.12 = $12.05
MAIN 77 shares @ $0.18 = $14.25
CLDT 132 shares @ $0.11 $14.52
Total for November:  $55.67


One of my goals in the future is to start looking at good quality dividend stocks that pay their dividends on the weaker months.

Purchases

I purchased quite a bit in November.

  • 5 shares AAPL @110.75

At a dividend yield of 2.06% and a p/e ratio around 13, I thought it was a decent entry point to start my position in AAPL. There were plenty of opportunities to pick up AAPL at the lower price but I was always cautious on their ability to deliver innovation. It’s hard to bet against this giant though and I decided to start a small position for the long term. I’ll be buying a few more shares on the dips as it transitions into a dividend growth stock (hopefully). This position adds $11.40 to my annual income.

  • 84 shares CLDT @16.95

Chatham Lodging Trust is an equity real estate investment trust with the majority of their holdings in upscale extended-stay hotels. One of the highlights of this REIT is the high yield (~7%) and that they pay dividends on a monthly basis. It trades around a Price/FFO ratio of 8.5 times. Hotels tend to not do very well during recessions and with the market at an all time high, I’m going to have to keep an eye on it but I’m pretty confident in them for the time being. This position adds $110.88 to my annual income!

  • 10 shares OHI @28.35

Omega Healthcare Investors is another REIT that invests in long-term care facilities located in the U.S. and U.K. The prime factors in my decision to purchase shares were the solid 14 years of increasing dividends, the current yield of 8.28%, and the latest price drop due to earnings.  This position adds $24.40 to my annual income!

  • 6 shares SO @ 47.10

The Southern Company generates and distributes electricity through coal, nuclear, oil, gas and hydro resources in the AL, GA, FL and Miss. They currently sit at a p/e ratio of around 17 with a current dividend yield of 4.78%. They are new to the dividend payout game and had only just started paying out in 2013. Energy sector has been getting hit pretty hard lately so I felt it was a good time to add to my position on the dip. This position adds $13.44 to my annual income!

  • 10 shares NGG @ 57.10

National Grid plc is another energy stock that distributes electricity and natural gas to the U.K and the U.S. It currently sits at a dividend yield of 5% and just like SO, has been paying dividends since 2013. This position adds $29.60 to my annual income!

  • 3 shares DUK @ 73.84

DUK is another energy stock that’s been getting hit pretty heavily lately which drove it’s p/e ratio to 17.7 and yield to 4.6%. I used my auto-deposit cash to purchase these shares. This position adds $10.26 to my annual income!

Sells

  • 25 shares TGT @ 71.67

I sold out of my shares of TGT after a big bump after earnings to lock in profits. It’s since skyrocketed even higher and I’m a little jealous that I pulled the trigger too early. Oh well, at least i made a decent chunk of profit from it regardless. This reduces my annual income by $60.00.

You can always view my current portfolio.

That’s it for the month of November! Coming up next month is Christmas and the spendthrift nature of the entire month. Here’s hoping I have some amount of money left at the end in order to keep adding to my portfolio!

~Noob

October Dividend Payouts and Portfolio Update

It was another good month for the dividend portfolio as I made $85.55 without doing a single thing. I love passive income, I really do.  It was a big month for purchasing stocks as I had nine buying transactions and only a single selling transaction.

October Portfolio Update

  1. Bought 4 shares of DUK @ $77.35.
  2. Bought 7 shares of KO @ $41.70.
  3. Bought 15 shares of CLDT @ $18.96.
  4. Bought 25 shares of SDIV @ $20.85.
  5. Bought 4 shares of DUK @ $76.07.
  6. Bought 25 shares of CLDT @ $18.15.
  7. Bought 15 shares of SO @ $49.30.
  8. Sold 30 shares of RAI @ 54.88.
  9. Bought 16 shares of TROW @ 63.28.
  10. Bought 10 shares of CAH @ 66.00.

In total, this adds an annual income of $211.96. The portfolio is now generating $1,505.78 a year in income!

October Monthly Dividend

KO 55 shares @ $0.35 = $19.25
RAI 20 shares @ $0.46 = $9.20
SDIV 75 shares @ $0.12 = $9.04
MAIN 77 shares @ $0.18 = $14.25
CAH 10 shares @ $0.45 = $4.49
STWD 40 shares @ $0.48 = $19.20
CLDT 92 shares @ $0.11 $10.12
Total for October:  $85.55

Next month, I expect to make a big deposit into my dividend portfolio account in order to prepare for the election month. I’m not sure exactly what to expect but if there’s a chance to purchase some quality stocks at a discounted price, I will do what I can to take advantage of it!

Until next time!

You can check out my portfolio to see my latest holdings.

September Dividend Payouts and Portfolio Update

 

September Portfolio Update

  1. Bought 25 shares of CLDT @ $19.38.
  2. Bought 5 shares of TROW @ $67.15.
  3. Bought 10 shares of CAH @ $76.30.
  4. Bought 25 shares of TROW @ $68.70.
  5. Bought 35 shares of CLDT @ $19.48.

 

September Monthly Dividend

  • PSX–         15 shares @ $0.63 = $9.45
  • F–       50 shares @ $0.15 = $7.50
  • JNJ–   10 shares @ $0.80 = $8.00
  • TGT – 25 shares @ $0.60 = $15.00
  • SDIV – 75 shares @ $0.12 = $9.04
  • MAIN – 77 shares @ $0.18 = $13.86
  • FLO – 150 shares @ $0.16 = $24.00
  • TROW – 25 shares @ $0.54 = $13.50
  • ARCC – 100 shares @ $0.38 = $38.00
  • CLDT – 32 shares @ $0.11 = $3.52

Total for September: $141.87

What a refreshing month in comparison to the previous. I hope everybody else had a good investment month! Let me know in the comments!

You can check out my portfolio to see my latest holdings.

August Dividend Payouts and Portfolio Update

 

August has come and gone in a flash and the portfolio as it stands is below. Like in previous months, I auto-transfered $300.00 into my Robinhood account but I failed to hit my goal of adding one additional deposit for the month. The reason for the failure was due to having to purchase a new lawnmower for the yard duties.

August Portfolio Update

  1. Sold 30 shares of CSCO @ $30.50.
  2. Bought 30 shares of FLO @ $17.67.
  3. Bought 25 shares of FLO @ $14.90.
  4. Sold 282 shares of CSIQ @ $12.76.
  5. Bought 5 shares of KO @ $43.85.
  6. Bought 25 shares of TROW @ $68.70.
  7. Bought 12 shares of DUK @ $80.00.

The biggest news item is that I sold all my old shares of CSIQ (the last non-dividend) stock in the portfolio. I did lose quite a bit of money on that and have learned some valuable lessons from it. Hopefully next time they lessons won’t come at such a high price.

 

August Monthly Dividend

  • T–          25 shares @ $0.48 = $12.00
  • RAI–       75 shares @ $0.12 = $9.04
  • MAIN–   77 shares @ $0.18 = $13.86

Total for June: $34.90

Not a great month for dividends to be honest. Next month is shaping to be better though and all that I can do is to keep moving forward on investing in great quality stocks.

I hope everybody else had a good investment month! Let me know in the comments!

You can check out my portfolio to see my latest holdings.