Happy New Year

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2013 is behind us, and I have my goals going forward. However, it’s also important to look back at the past year. There have been some great games that came out this year, and I’ve easily dropped a lot of money on games. One of the founding principles of this blog is to allow dividend income to cover my gaming hobby. So I thought it would be fun to evaluate how I did this year on that goal.

First, The Games

I easily bought at least one game every month this year, as there were so many titles I was excited for.

Starting in January, we kicked off the year with DMC, Devil May Cry ($60).

In February, I made my first dive into Fire Emblem with Fire Emblem: Awakening on 3DS ($40).

March was huge, with God of War Ascension and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on both Wii U and 3DS ($60 + $60 + $40).

April was pretty much just dedicated to playing Monster Hunter

In May, I grabbed Luigi’s Mansion 2 ($40)

June: Animal Crossing New Leaf ($40)

In July I picked up a couple 3DS titles I had missed before Mario Kart 7 and Donkey Kong Country Returns, as well as the delightfully awesome Steam World Dig ($40 + $40 + $10)

August was a great month for Wii U, because Pikmin 3 was amazing ($60)

In September, I lost huge chunks of my life to Grand Theft Auto 5 ($60)

October reminded me how much I love competitive Pokemon battling ($40)

In November, I took to the high seas in Assassin’s Creed 4 ($60) and got a nice black friday deal on Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm ($20)

Finally, I finished off the year with Super Mario 3D World ($60)

So, adding all of this up, I spent well over $750 when you add tax to the games I bought physical copies of. That’s a lot of money on video games. I think it’s safe to say this is an expensive obsession I have. So the real question is, was I covered by dividends?

I’ll save you the headache of going through the months and individual positions. The grand total for dividends in 2013 was…

$895 !!!!

Which means I successfully spent less on video games than I earned in dividends. For those of you following the progress on the joint account my wife and I are starting for 2014, these dividends are from my personal individual account. Near the beginning of the year, I was chasing high yields, which ended up hurting my overall returns, luckily these mistakes were offset by winners like JNJ and MMM. Next year, my individual account is lined up to earn over $900 in dividends, so that should keep my addiction pretty well covered.

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