As part of our long term plans for early retirement, we need enough money in savings and/or income to make sure we can live on a budget long term. I am now hoping that a small income stream will come from dividend payments as part of our investment portfolio. Each month when I receive dividend payments, I will do a post about the dividends received from which company. I’m hoping to chronicle my journey and hopefully inspire others to join me.


I am quite excited about the fact that I am again writing about dividend income! Just for owning a tiny part of a company and investing in them, believing in their ideals and just being patient pays dividends, and hopefully for many years to come! The dividend income received in May is a combination of dividends from shares and dividend payments or interest from funds. This is only my second month of receiving income, so this is my highest month to date! My stocks and shares ISA is with Hargreaves Lansdown, which is very easy to use and I’d definitely recommend them. You can get information about that here or even open an ISA today if you feel ready!


Dividends received in May:

CF Woodford Equity Income – £1.53

ITV Plc – £14.10

Lloyds Bank – £3.00

Premier Monthly Income – £2.04

Vanguard Lifestrategy 60% – £10.11

Total: £30.78


Look at that! The second month of receiving payments and I’m already getting £30. That would almost cover a weekly shop for us, which is very exciting to type! And this should continue every year from now on, unless for some reason they decide to cut their dividend payments. In fact, as I continue to invest in companies and funds, the numbers should increase every year anyway, unless the rules change.


As I wrote about the effect of the magic snowball, this is the beginning of mine. Although, I suppose it’s more like a snowflake than a snowball at this stage! However, it all starts somewhere and I believe that continuing to live a frugal lifestyle and save as we go along will see us right in the end. I hope this is inspiring someone else to begin their frugal journey. If we can do it, anyone can!

Dividend Income May 16


I am aiming to receive £100 in dividend payments over the year, which is a big aim considering I’ve only just started investing in dividend paying stocks. I think having a combination of stocks with tend to pay out twice a year, plus funds which seem to pay out monthly or quarterly, will eventually create a good second income stream. With February’s payout and then May’s, I am up to £40.58 received in dividends, so just over 40% of the way to my yearly goal! I won’t get dividend payments every month, as I haven’t invested in enough companies as of yet, plus lots of them seem to pay in either Jan/July/Aug/Sept so perhaps trying to get dividend income every month will also be a challenge. But, the only way is up!


Have you received any dividends this month? Thanks for reading! 


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