Dividend Ten

Freelance & personal finance journal

Month in Review

Dec 2016 Income/ Expenses/ Portfolio Notes

Here it is to round out the year:


Freelance Income: $19,880.50
Interest: $111
Fiverr Side Hustle: $1,224
Dividends – $185
Blog – $9.80 (up from $2.16 previous)

Dec Gross Profit: $21,410.30

Total for 2017: $229,903.81


While I had a pretty good month income-wise, I really blew it on expenses this month:

Food: $951 – Been eating lots of organics & at whole foods. Completely blows up the food budget.

Fitness: $814 – I ended up signing up for a Lifetime Fitness membership (as part of my fitness resolution) and got a personal trainer – will probably scale this back next month.

Misc: $301

Payroll: $42

Proposal Software: $89

Shelter: $0

Car: $0

Child Support: $1589

Medical/ Insurance: $443.88

Taxes: $6800

Bookkeeper/ Accountant: $2300

Dec Expenses: $12,886

Thoughts: Really not happy with my performance here. Lots of room to improve and fat to trim. Thinking to do my own bookkeeping/ taxes in 2017 which should be a substantial savings. Shopping at trader joes should also help. Taxes should decrease next year with lower corporate tax rate (I hope)

Savings Rate


Not bad, but considering my income, not great either. I’ll admit, I’m not the greatest frugalist, believing that increasing your income is a much more effective way to FI, but intelligent frugality is a virtue, so I’ll look to improve on this weakness next month.

Portfolio notes

Portfolio stands at about $121,000 as of Jan 1.

Overall I remain pleased with my holding performance, which has maintains alpha over a random basket of dividend stocks (SDY) or the S&P.

NVDA rallied up to $115 which is far above my fair market estimate, but the market remains a market, so I will continue the ride,  notwithstanding a short report that came up sending the stock tumbling to $106.

The Trump rally remains in full effect as we push towards 20,000, and I aim to make some dividend stock moves in January with about $10,000 which I threw into my 401k keogh to round out my employer contribution to myself for the month. I believe that the market will continue to inflate in 2017, despite hitting all time highs and several interest rate hike increases around the corner by the Fed. I also have another $18,000 which I can drop into my Keogh for 2017, but since my cash is starting to get lower, I might break this out over the year like most normal people. We’ll see.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year! 🙂



  1. Good Job. 40 percent saving rate is good. Keep it up Happy New Year
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  2. Looks like you are generating a lot of cash. Thats awesome that you will be adding that much cash into your portfolio. I look forward to seeing where you deploy it at!

  3. Dan

    Great job Greg! Your income is always extremely impressive! 🙂 And I wouldn’t be too concerned about the frugality…your savings rate of 40% suggests you’re definitely doing some things right. Keep it up bro,

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  4. Jay

    Thanks for sharing your performance. Well done. NVDA has been an absolute beast!
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  5. As others have commented, you did an awesome job for the month in terms of income and also with your expenses. To think the media touts the average American should save 10% of their income and here we are saving 40%, 50%, or 60% or more each month. If more people saved as we did we’d be living in a very different financial world. Keep increasing that dividend income. While it’s nice to have several sources of income it would be better to have them more evenly spread out just in case once craps out. Look forward to following your journey in ’17!
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    • Greg Gee

      Thanks Keith, appreciate the encouragement. As with stocks and saving, I always feel like I can do better. Agree with you on diversification. Saw how easily the freelance income can go bye bye. Need to get the dividend income snowball rolling. Cheers

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