What a difference a year makes! As a matter of fact, we never published our 2020 year in review for a few reasons. Mostly because 2020 just plain sucked! The pandemic ruined everything from our son’s senior year of high school, large parts of our college road trip, his freshman year in college and our plans to start our full-time RV life. And who can forget the financial rollercoaster from the top of the world down to the pit of despair and back again? Publishing a blog post and reliving it all over again was the last thing on our minds.
Here we are at the end of another year and still dealing with the continued fallout from the pandemic. Some things have remained the same. Everything else in our lives has changed for the better.
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Welcome to our last dividend portfolio update of the year. As I’m sure you are aware the markets have been very volatile which has created some great buying opportunities. Unfortunately for us it has been difficult to take advantage of these opportunities because of limited funds available to add to our dividend portfolio.
We continue to use affiliate links and advertising on our blog as our primary sources to generate funds to add to our positions. As anyone with a blog knows this can be excruciating as blogs are not great money makers for most people. We also do online surveys to generate extra cash, but a lot of it gets used in other ways, groceries & household items, so just a small portion goes to the dividend portfolio. It’s nice to save money on everyday items in this environment, but we hope to invest more of this money next year.
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It’s hard to believe the time for another monthly update is already here. November seemed to fly by and with the end of the month came the end of our time in the Sedona, AZ area. We absolutely loved every minute of our time there and we look forward to returning next year. In fact we already made reservations for the entire Winter next year and have the option to work camp and stay for free!
We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday and was able to spend time with friends and family. Thanksgiving this year was very different for us as it was our first as full-time RVers and also the first time we didn’t have any family around. But that didn’t stop us from having a good time as we had a wonderful dinner and lots of laughs with our new friends at the campground. One of the great things about this lifestyle is that you are always meeting new people and making new friends. We even learned that it’s a thing to have full-time RVer business cards to hand out to people you meet so everyone can stay in touch and meet up in other locations when paths cross.
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Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!
This has been an amazing year and we truly appreciate all of our readers and the time you take to read our posts and support our little blog.
This year we made significant progress to reach our F.I.R.E goals and transitioned into living our full-time RV dream. And we finally retired!
Since the beginning of the year the number of people following our blog has more than doubled and we are on track to more than quadruple the number of page views compared to last year. Even more amazing is that we have had visitors from 74 different countries this year!
We are very humbled by the level of support we have received and are excited to keep sharing our adventures with you as we travel across the Country.
Joe & Mrs. RVF
It has been a couple of months since our last dividend portfolio update and we continue to make slow and steady progress. Slow is probably the operative word here since we are now retired and need to adhere to our budget. Just to reiterate we only invest money earned from side hustles, like this blog, as any income earned is not included in our budget and doesn’t impact our standard of living.
As someone that has always been willing and able to put cash to work at a moments notice this can sometimes get frustrating, especially when you see a good stock at a low price. There have been a few times where I have had to walk away some my trading platform on days when I would normally be buying. But we have a plan and we need to stick to it in order to be successful. On the bright side this has given us some incentive to find new side hustles to keep our portfolio growing.
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October was a very enjoyable month as we did quite a bit of hiking, exploring and met up with some friends that we had worked with at our previous stop in Utah. When we decided to full-time in our RV this was the type of month we envisioned having more often than not as it was fun and productive both personally and financially.
We started the month by visiting local breweries and sampling some great tasting beer. I’m usually a creature of habit but when you go to these places it’s good to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. I did that by trying a blueberry wheat ale and was surprised at how good it was. Definitely something I would have again!
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Well it finally happened, we had a negative return month. This is our first month in the red since January, which is pretty remarkable, and even in January we were barely negative. In fact we would have to look back to October 2020 for the last significant negative month which shows that a correction was probably long over due. Of course everyone, including us, loves to see their portfolio go up month after month but in reality that is not healthy or sustainable. While it’s never fun to see your portfolio decrease, sometimes dramatically, these pullbacks create the opportunity to take up new positions, add to existing positions or to dollar cost average. Plus they are a healthy aspect of a long term investment strategy.
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