Hello, I’m back so here’s my belated June update – I’ll do a bit of a write up on my holiday when I’ve got some time, have loads of admin work and reading to catch up on.
So how did I do with my savings in June?
I saved 40.9%, which sees my average savings rate going down to 47.2%. As mentioned previously, the summer is going to be rather ‘spendy’ and I ended up borrowing some spending money from my sister, which I will have to pay off over the next month or so.
The above savings was topped up with £62.81 affiliate income from OddsMonkey (thanks to all who signed up via my links!).
Shares and Investment Trusts
No new investments, I just topped up existing ones.
Current share/IT portfolio can be found here.
(Entire portfolio here)
The markets did what they usually do, ie go up and down and with the extra capital, my Future Fund now stands at £144,498, still steadily making progress towards my next big milestone.
Dividends and Other Income
Dividends received this month:
£238.84 was received, a good number despite some dividends expected this month tripping over into July. Total dividends at the halfway stage stands at £1,272.64, still ever so slightly behind plan but I can already see that next month will put me right back on track!
So here’s how things look on the main dividend income graph:
Interesting to see the consistency of income for Jan, Mar and Jun – I hadn’t planned it that way!
Matched Betting (MB)
I was so busy before I went away that I only had time to do a few World Cup MB offers, with the exception of around a dozen EW bets. So profits are on the low side this month, coming in at just £128.
Total MB profits so far this year stand at £1,455, still well below target but I’ll keep plugging away. TheFIREStarter has written an excellent piece on his Each Way betting strategy – my strategy is very similar, except that I’m not ready (or comfortable) taking on the risk/variance he does with big bets. The huge profits are tempting though, so I intend to gradually increase my bets to see how it goes.
As mentioned before, the matched betting guide I subscribe to is OddsMonkey*, which is great for beginners and experienced matched bettors alike with quality tools such as the Each Way Matcher, Extra Place Matcher, Dutch Finder, Racing Matcher and Acca Matcher. There are step by step guides and also a friendly forum for you to ask questions and get help on any of the offers. Anyway, check out the free trial*.
Hmm…the only one I feel confident about hitting is the dividend one and the charity one. In the ‘passive vs active income battle’, unless I strike it lucky with my matched betting, my dividend income will overtake my MB profits very soon.
Really struggling with my reading at the moment, need to get back into it. The non-fiction book I’m currently reading is a real slog but I shall plough on. Still got all that blog reading to catch up on too…
I arrived home to find that I had a slow puncture so a tyre which was pumped up before I went away is flat. I never expected to be enjoying a heat wave upon my return, which is just as well since it looks like until I get that tyre sorted, I’ll be walking to and from the tram stop. This must be the only time when I’m glad of my jet lag which should have me waking up early!
Anyway, hope you’ve all been enjoying the scorching weather and the England team’s progress in the World Cup – I so hope ‘It’s Coming Home’!