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Dividend Stocks, Free Lunch Experiment #6

Well, it’s time for another update!  The dividend payout rates have not changed and the overall appreciation of the stocks has raised!

The Free Lunch Experiment, which invests in dividend stocks, is my first true experiment here at MoneyReasons.com and was started with the article called: “Paying An Adult Allowance, A Lunch Experiment”.

In a nutshell, the experiment is that I want focused investments in certain dividend stocks to pay for my lunch when I go out to eat at work.

The real advantage is that the money I’m investing in, is money that I would have spent for lunch anyway.  In my opinion, this make this money free because it would have been spent!  So if I were to lose all of the money tomorrow, I would be sad, but it’s money that I wouldn’t have had anyway had I not started the experiment.  In other words, the first dollar saved was a 100% gain on what I had previously, which was a spent dollar.

So much like the reference in the movie “Blade“, the Lunch Experiment has all of the advantages, and not of the disadvantages of being an stock dividend investment.

Stock NameAnworthEV EnergyChimera
Stock TicketANHEVEPCIM
# of Shares26045600
Orig. Price$7.84$23.25$4.01
Curr. Price$7.14$38.25$4.13
Orig Cost$2,038.14$1,046.25$2,404.80
Curr Value$1,856.40$1,721.25$2,478.00
Annual Yield12.89%7.92%17.43%
Actual Dividend$59.80$34.07$108.00
Total Dividends$807.48
52 weeks52
Dividend / week$15.53
Total Gain in
Stock Apprec.$566.46
% Change10.32%
Amt Loaned to myself:$1,726
Amt paid back to date:$1,139
Amt Still Owned:$587.00

Previous Update:  Dividend Stocks, Lunch Experiment Update #5

Thanks for following me and my “free lunch” experiment!

-MR

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10 Responses to Dividend Stocks, Free Lunch Experiment #6

  1. Don’t you love ‘free’ money! I bet it makes you enjoy a little bit more.

    I kind of do this with my blog money. It goes straight into a vacation fund. So, vacation is ‘on me’ for the year!

    By the way, I love the company name ‘Chimera’. I may invest in it just for the name.

    • admin says:

      Yes, “It’s all gravy” like that old saying goes :)

      I can put it all in typewriters stock if I want and I won’t miss it at all. hehe, it’s a free lunch, a golden ticket… I’m having too much fun typing these old saying… :D

      All joking beside, if I needed that money or it was designated for something important, I would be much more conservative in my approach…

  2. MoneyCone says:

    That’s a tidy sum! I hold Annaly… as long as the interest rates are low, all’s good!

    Experiments that pay, love it!

  3. I agree. “It’s all gravy.” I love seeing someone do this “right!”

    • admin says:

      Thanks Shawn :)

      It’s been fun, especially seeing EVEP go up in value so much!

      It’s some of the few investments that I have that is stress free…

  4. Excellent approach to dividend investing. I am sure you share the same feelings when you see those dividends enter your account!

    I will be adding continuously to my dividend stream as I clear profits along the way.

    • admin says:

      Yeah, it’s great! I have regular stocks that yield dividends too, but this is a focused experiment. I don’t even know if I should call it an experiment anymore since it’s over 1 year old now :)

  5. Evan says:

    Are you letting dividends compound? or are you taking them out to actually buy lunch lol

    • admin says:

      Naw, I’m re-investing it, but it’s nice knowing that if I wanted it buy me lunch if I wanted.

      That said, last year some of the money from this investment did buy water for a swimming pool (not mine, for my father-in-law’s pool). That was well worth it though! The kids had a blast over there all summer long!