Yesterday I went out to celebrate my purchase of shares in Wal-Mart.
I celebrated by buying gas at a ConocoPhillips gas station on my way to Wal-Mart where I bought some Crest toothpaste and a 12-pack of Cherry Coke Zero and purchased everything on my Chase Freedom credit card.
If you didn't pick up on the theme here, I went and purchased products or in some way made money for companies that I own shares of for buying items that I was going to get anyways. Chase made money off the transaction fee. P&G made money off my purchase of Crest toothpaste. Coca-Cola made money off my purchase of a 12-pack of Cherry Coke Zero, one of the best tasting diet drinks by the way. Wal-Mart made money because I purchased everything there. And Conoco-Phillips made money by my purchasing gas at one of their gas stations for the same price as the Exxon across the street.
So in turn, I just funded some of my own dividend payments.
I get some weird delight when I think about my portfolio sometimes.