Monday, February 23, 2015

February 2015 List of Buys

Here are my total list of buys for the month of February:




Cost Basis

Coca-Cola (KO)




Mattel (MAT)




McDonalds (MCD)




Microsoft (MSFT)




Microsoft (MSFT)




Microsoft (MSFT)




VFC Corp. (VFC)




Walmart (WMT)








  • Can't go wrong with adding KO. A couple of bucks more than I would like to pay per share, however it's a better investment than keeping my money in a savings account.
  • I know many investors don't care much for Mattel for a many reasons. The dividend yield is now 6% and I am hoping they will be able to sustain that. They keep drifting lower so I may add more here. This is probably my number 1 speculation play.
  • This month I had a total of (3) buys for Microsoft. The only technology exposure that I have at the moment is AAPL and MSFT. I feel like these are the only two I will keep in that industry for a long time. I continue to like MSFT in the low 40's.
  • Nothing wrong with adding a little VFC once in a while. This company keeps on trending upward. What's not to like?
  • I like WMT at the moment and they seem to be bringing in a ton of new Neighborhood Market stores in place of the Express small sized stores. I am going to keep a close eye on WMT in the upcoming months.
What do you think of my list of buys for February?


  1. Many solid names on that list. VFC is still on my mind and I always seem to miss buying additional shares. It still looks a bit pricey to me but I gues I could be saying that while staying on the sidelines as the stock hits $80, $90 or beyond. Thanks for sharing.

    1. DivHut,
      I feel the same way about VFC. I should have added a little more at $69.93. They quickly shot back to $76 in like a couple of weeks. If VFC comes back down I will be sure to have some extra cash ready to invest. I look forward to seeing what your next purchase will be!

  2. Putting $1,300 to work is a pretty solid set of buys.

    WMT just had a pretty disappointing dividend increase with the second year in a row of just over 2%. Not great for a lower yielding stock. I am kicking myself for not picking up some MSFT earlier this month, but such is life. I like them under $41.50, and they've obviously jumped right back up after hanging down there for a week or so.

    1. W2R,
      I was surprised that I put that much to work this month. I am hoping to do the same thing in March. My motivation is to achieve that $1,000 dividend goal this year. I agree that WMT had a disappointing dividend raise once again, but I feel like they have some growth potential if they continue to open up new stores. MSFT back up to $44 today which is not surprising. I also should have added more to that one earlier this month. Thanks for stopping by!.

  3. DM,

    Great pickups across the board and congrats on putting so much money to work this month. I am just getting started but I gravitated toward Loyal3 as well. I did decide to do a Motif as well to get further diversification away from consumer related names. I enjoy your blog and keep up the great work!


    1. FD,
      I also have a Motif account, but I haven't used it in a few months. I prefer to add smaller amounts across different companies for no commission fees. I was waiting to see if my Motif would go down a little in order to add to it but it is holding up well in this market. Definitely can't beat commission free investing at L3. Thank you for the compliment!

  4. Solid buys and great stuff on putting $1300 working hard for you so you don't have to.

    1. Tawcan ,
      I wish I can put $1,300 to work for me every month. That would turbo charge my way to FI in no time. Slow and steady wins the race. It's also getting harder to find great values in the market with the new record highs.

  5. DM,

    I've been looking at Microsoft too; they are going to be around for a while one would hope. What do you look for before deciding to take a leap on a stock? Some of my previous speculative power plays made my face turn red. Once bitten, twice shy I guess.

    1. TLI,
      I may add a few more share to MSFT if I can't find value anywhere else. They look to be trending upwards again. I look for a few things when I buy a stock. I don't always look for the best value. I will sometimes invest based on what that company is doing. When I heard SBUX was going to start serving liquor in Canada, I added a few shares based on that news. I sometimes add shares if a stock tanks, like what happen to MSFT earlier this month. Then there are a few staples I like to add every once in a while such as VFC, KO, SBUX, and PEP. You can say I am a little bit all over the place with my buys and I don't necessarily always find the best value.

  6. DM,

    A list of solid stocks across the board. I haven't been able to get on board with MAT yet due to the fundamentals, but it seems like a strong value play. If they can turn it around, could be an excellent investment. Though the lack of a dividend increase YOY doesn't bode well.

    MSFT is also on my watch list. I may initiate a position soon and join you as a shareholder! :)

    Thanks for sharing.

    Best regards.

    1. Mantra,
      MAT is a bit of a risky play for me. I have been conservative with most of my stock picks, but I feel like MAT is worth the risk. I hope the don't cut the dividend because that would really bring down the stock. Essentially I would certainly buy more if that happened. MSFT looks interesting and I may also add more to this company in March. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Way to add another $1,300+ to your dividend portfolio. Some nice picks that should pay you dividends (literally!) almost immediately. :) We currently own just MCD but certainly would not mind owning the other mentioned.

    Keep up the momentum! AFFJ

    1. AFFJ,
      If I am not mistaken, most of these companies will be paying a dividend in March which works our great for me. March should be a solid month in terms of dividends. I wish I could put $1,300 to work every month but I don't think that is feasible for me at this moment. MCD shot way yesterday which was great to see. Good luck with your investments!

  8. Great list! Not much to go wrong with! I might repeat myself, but I prefer AAPL over MSFT. I read you have both so that's good news. Price for MSFT is probably more appealing but AAPL show great fundamentals and can't be described as overvalued either.

    1. DivGuy,
      It's crazy to see how far AAPL keeps trending upwards. I am happy to be a part of all the gains. Hopefully MSFT will be following that same path. You are right about the price for MSFT looking more attractive. I may add a few more shares in March if they can stay in the low 40's.

  9. Way to go Dividend Mongrel. These are all high quality company's. I'm pretty sure I want to start building a MSFT position in my Loyal 3 account. Hopefully I'll be joining you there soon. Keep at it :)

    Best Wishes,

    1. Ryan,
      Thank you very much for the compliment. I am having trouble finding value elsewhere which is why I have been gravitating towards companies like MSFT, KO, and WMT. Hope to see you as a fellow shareholder in MSFT soon. Thanks for stopping by!