ROBINHOOD APP: 7 Months Into My Trading Journey

(Have you tried stock trading?  What trading company are you using?  How is your journey going?)

I will start from the beginning.  I watch a lot of YouTube videos and how to trade stocks is one of the topics I am interested in.  I found out about the Robinhood App and it is a game changer for me.  I did not have much money to devote to trading and with the Robinhood App I do not pay a fee for trading.  Most trading companies charge $4-10 per trade.  To trade I would be required to pay when I buy a stock and again when I sell.  So, even if I found one that only has me paying $4, then I would need to make over $8 to bring home any profit.

My bankroll would have been gone long time ago if I went the regular route.  When I started Robinhood I had $100 to invest.  This may not seem like much in the market place and it isn’t.  Though there are many stocks between $5 – 15, that I have been able to buy and sell.

Here is the update of how I have been doing with my trading stock adventure.  I know several people have been waiting for this update.  I am finally ready to share my journey.

I was so proud of myself because my first few trades were awesome.  My first trade I made a 32 cent profit.  The second trade I made a $2.25 profit.  And my third trade I made 30 cents.  Then it started going downhill.  I would get into a stock too late and then when it was going down I would hold on too long.  Though as soon as I jumped out it seemed like the stock was saying, ‘Yeah, Diane just jumped out… now I will go up in value. ’   Yes, I would make some money off and on, though my portfolio kept going down.

The markets going down didn’t help either.  But even with the market going down some of the stocks I was watching would go up.  Jumping into a stock at the right moment is challenging.  My timing wasn’t great.  I would keep catching the stock near the top of the run and then lose money as it came back down.

Here is my total.  I started with $100 in Robinhood.   As of 7 months into my stock trading adventure I am down $34 dollars.  This may not seem like much but I pretend that $1 is $100.  That way when I am trading every penny is worth my attention.  If this value was true I would be down $3,400.  That sounds a lot more painful.

20181115_134629 Look at the pretty bump at the beginning.  From then on… not so pretty.

Even though my first 7 months is not profitable I am really glad I have started trading.  I  wanted to start trading stocks about 20 years ago.  Because of what I have learned from YouTube videos and the Robinhood app being invented, this was the right time for me to dip my toe on and see if I would like trading as much as I thought I would.
Practicing with this $100 is giving me a thicker skin.  It is helping me to not just buy a stock because it is going up.  It is helping me slow down to look at the pattern of the stock.  I will look into news of the stock if I see it drop suddenly.  Even though I know this how to do this I am still not good at predicting the stock movement.

For a while I thought the company’s quarterly earnings were a sure fire way to know which way a stock price was going to head.  I was wrong and I don’t understand why, yet.  I have seen and invested in companies that exceeded their earnings forecast and had the stock fall.

There are reasons I am not doing as well as I thought I would do.  Here are some of the things I have done which haven’t helped me be successful.

•  I am not able (or I chose not to) to be awake or at home to watch the markets in the morning.  A lot of movements happen in the morning.  Or some patterns are set up in the morning that I could take advantage of later in the day.  My jobs hinder my watching the market opening because one job I can work till 1 in the morning.  Another job I need to be out of the house at 7:30am on some mornings.  And when they are back to back I am super tired and getting more sleep is more important than checking the stock market.  (That is not the right thinking, but my reality.)

•  On top of that I am not watching the market very close.  I really planned on it when I first started.  My vision for my future is me not having to go to a brick and mortar for work.  Instead I would wake up early with a cup of coffee and do my stock trading for 2-3 hours in the morning, then have the rest of the day to follow my dreams.  (I may be watching too many videos that promise easy results.)   I could be watching closer though my work schedule, being tired, and I having other projects that take my time away makes it harder.  Especially since the stock market closes at 1pm my time.   (I have started long term investing though.  I will share that story in another blog. )

•  I am staying in the stocks too long.  When I am unwilling to sell the stock then my money is locked into that stock.   I seem to do this a lot because I don’t want to sell at a loss and hope to wait till the value comes back up.  A few times I have wanted to buy another stock, but didn’t have enough cash in my account to do it.  All my money was in stocks that I am holding onto.  So when I see favorable movement I can’t jump on it.

•  When I don’t want to take a loss I would hang onto a stock to long.  But then still sell it later for a lower price when I couldn’t stand to be in it anymore.  All the books I read and people I listen to say to ‘Always have a stop-loss limit!.’  I still don’t like the idea of having a stop loss, though I guess this is a lesson I really need to learn the hard way.  I do understand the concept a lot better now that I keep losing money.

•  I started listening to other people’s opinion about stocks more often.  Instead of checking out the stock myself.  I would jump on what others are doing.  I heard somewhere that this is what is called ‘being a sheep’.  Just kind of following the herd around.

•  I have about 10 stocks that I trade.  They are not the best, but they were my first.  I think I have only stopped watching one because it was really bad.  My view is very narrow.  I need to learn how to find more variety and stronger stocks to trade.  Having so few… many days I just don’t do anything because the few stocks I have are not making moves that I want to jump into.

•  Making sure I don’t accidently day trade.  If you have less than $25,000 in your account you cannot be a ‘day trader’ .  You can do 3 day trades within a 5 day period though anymore and it is illegal.  There have been times that I couldn’t sell a stock because I would go over my day trade limit.  So, I was forced to sell later at less of a profit or even a loss.  I feel like I really like day trading.  Just hop In and out of a stock and not wait days or weeks to sell the stock.  Though without enough money I need to worry about going over my day trading limit.   Luckily, Robinhood tries to watch my back.  It has stopped me from putting in a sell request if they feel it may sell the same day and put me over my day trade limit.  I really like this feature, but don’t know if it is foolproof.  So, I really try to keep my eyes on how many day trades I have done.

•  I went into the trading stocks thinking trading was going to be easy.  I underestimated how challenging it could be. I read a few books and figured that I could easily do it.  I like the fact that I thought that way.  It is kind of like a child who doesn’t have fear since they don’t know all the facts and the consequences that could happen.  Because of this I jumped in and have learned a lot.

I still have hope that I will become a better trader, though at this point I have different things on the burner that I am trying to spend my time doing.  I will give you an update and of course I want to get my portfolio up again.  I am slowly working at it.

Just recently I was watching someone on YouTube and they said you are a newbie if you have less than 3 years in the market.  I believe it takes a while to find your rhythm and emotional stability.  I also think you need to learn what kind of trader you want to be.  Is the fast day trading your style or is investing long-term more your temperament?

Good luck to you on your journey and send good thoughts my way when you get the chance.  If you do want to try the Robinhood App I left my link down below.  There are now more free trading apps out there, though this is the only one I have tried so far.

https://share.robinhood.com/dianez7

By signing up through this link you get a free stock.  They mention big company stocks, though I heard someone got a $4 stock for free.  I believe I get a free stock also.   Good luck.

Have you tried stock trading?  What company are you using?  How is your journey going?

Opening an Affiliate Website – What I Have Learned

(Have you tried to open an affiliate site?)

I decided that opening an affiliate site sounded like something I could do.  I kept hearing that once it is open you will start receiving passive income  I found a channel on YouTube that had a video walked me through how to make a site, set it up with products and then sign up to be an affiliate with a company.  It was about a 1 1/2 hour video.  I am not great with computers and get frustrated easily.  Even though he opened his in one and a half hours it took me 3 months to get mine up.

Even though it  was a pretty good video, I would change a few things or add more information to help the newbie.  Here are some things I would do differently.

  • I would have listened to the video first then go back and follow the instructions.
  • I would have started from the beginning with the video.  What I did instead was buy a domain ahead of time.  So, when the video showed me how to do something with his web host it didn’t work quite the same way with mine.  This delayed me days if not a full week till I figured out how set it up with my host.
  • I would not buy everything (add-ons) because I bought one that I ended up not needing.  I Just wasted  money and time.  I understand it is hard to know what you will need when you are starting out.  Next time I will use my site first to see if I really need the add-ons that are recommended.
  • I definitely would not sign up for the affiliate company till my site is almost ready to launch.  I decided to go with Amazon Affiliates.  Amazon gives new affiliates a time limit to make their first 3 sales, then they come to look at the site to see if they want to accept you.  I signed up right when I opened my site.  I ended up wasting 3 months, just getting my website made and working, out of the 6 months they gave me.

Now my ecommerce store is designed and ready for the next stage.  At this moment I still would not sign up for an affiliate yet.  Why do I say this?  I say this because I got denied by Amazon.  I am now grateful, but at the time I was surprised.  Looking back I realize that my site was not ready.  Only after doing the following will I sign up with an affiliate company.

For the following, I can only tell you how I will proceed with the Amazon Affiliates program.  Though as I learn more I think I will find that the other companies procedures will vary, but they will probably check out your website before accepting it just like Amazon.

WHAT I WILL DO BEFORE SIGNING UP WITH AMAZON AFFILIATES.

  • Decide most of the products I want on my site and put ASIN numbers in a word document so I can just input them into my store once I sign up to be an affiliate.  Also, that way you can see if there is enough products in that niche.   (It would be good to check out products before picking the niche)
  • Have several blogs written.  I have heard different recommendations.  Anywhere from 5 – 30 written blogs.  These blog posts should be at least 1,000 words long.  Google puts more importance in longer blogs than shorter ones.  One YouTube group even says you should have one or two 3,000 word essays in your mix.
  • Figure how I will get the word out for my site.  How will I advertise my site?  Investigate what I think will work for the new type of site and for my personality.  This took me at least another month to figure out what and how to do ads.  Then it took time to actually do the ads.
  • I may not make my niche so broad.  Having a broad product site takes more work.  At least filling it with products takes more time.  Example:  If I decide to choose mugs as my niche.  Selling every type of mug will be harder to fill my store, than deciding on just selling mugs with an animal theme.  Or to narrow it more I could just sell mugs about cats.  How narrow can I get my niche?  Though, I don’t want to get it so narrow that I can’t branch out if I want to.

Doing the above will make me feel more ready to sign up to be an Amazon Affiliate.  Hopefully, next time I will not be denied.  I did come across a YouTuber that got turned down 5 times before they accepted him.  Finding this out has given me new hope and if I do get denied again after doing all of this, then I will do some more learning, make my site better and try again.  Amazon Affiliates wants us to try again.

Have you tried to open an affiliate site?  What hurdles did you have?

MY WORLD GOT SHAKEN YESTERDAY

(Did you know this?)

It started out as a normal day.  I went to work for a few hours, then came home and was going to go somewhere fun with my husband in a couple hours.  Since I had time I was just watching some YouTube videos.  I came across one from Mike Rowe who was on the show ‘Dirty Jobs’.  I really loved that show.  Anyways, in his talk he mentioned a dirty job he went on.  It was at a farm and it so happened the day he was filming it was when the farm needed to do its lamb castrations.  Mike Rowe usually didn’t study for the jobs he was going to do, but this one he looked up how lamb castrations are done.  The procedure he found, that was widely accepted, was tying a rubber band tightly around the scrotum and tail.  In a week it should fall off.  So far I was understand without any revelations.

Then Mike gets to the farm and the farmer is doing it a different way.  He cuts off the tail and pulls out the testicles with his teeth.  Yes, gross.  I was so into the story that the information still didn’t hit me.  He kept talking about it.  Then it hit me…..

SHEEP ARE BORN WITH TAILS !!!!!!!

WHAT?  I thought sheep were born with no tails, like the Corgi dog.  Which I also just found out that there is a breed of Corgi that is born with tails.

Back to sheep.  I have gone half a century believing that sheep are born without tails.  My world is different now.  I love sheep and would like to own a few.  Now, I want a sheep with a tail.

My world will never be the same.  How could I not know this.  It boggles my mind.  I go to the Puyallup Fair and I have never seen any information about sheep having tails.  I had to see if there were any pictures online.  Yep, a lot of sheep and lambs with tails.

I still can’t believe, SHEEP HAVE TAILS !!!

 

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Did you know that sheep are born with tails?  Why didn’t anyone tell me?  How could this be unknown to me?      SHEEP HAVE TAILS  !!!

A New Experience: New Food

Have you ever tried this or wanted to try?

This morning I didn’t want to eat my regular breakfast.  Almost every day I eat oatmeal for breakfast.  When I am not in the mood for oatmeal I will have cereal or a frozen breakfast sandwich.  Sundays my husband usually makes us a breakfast.  So, 6 days a week my breakfasts breakdown to about…  92% is oatmeal, 4% is cereal, 2% is breakfast sandwich and then 2% is whatever I can figure out making (I don’t like cooking).

This morning I was not in the mood for any of my regular breakfasts.  I was thinking about cooking eggs, but my stove was a bit cluttered and did I mention I don’t like cooking?  I had a banana that has been around for about 3 days now and I knew my breakfast was going to include a banana.  All of a sudden I got a craving.  I couldn’t believe that I was craving this meal.  I have thought about this for years, but never had the desire to try it. This morning the craving was strong.  I am following my interests more these days, so I started to look through the kitchen to see if I had everything I needed.  Luckily, it only needed 3 ingredients.

I remember growing up and hearing that Elvis loved eating this.  Well, now I want to experience what Elvis had.  I toasted 2 pieces of toast, cut my banana into slices and grabbed a jar from the pantry.

Do you know what I had for breakfast?

I had a peanut butter and banana sandwich. (I did an open faced one.)  And OH MY!  This is going to go into my rotation of breakfast choices.  This open faced sandwich was so easy to make.  Luckily, I don’t consider putting bread into a toaster cooking.  Though I do consider slicing as cooking, but I can do a banana without a cutting board, so very doable.

I enjoyed my breakfast immensely.  Only took me decades to get brave enough to try it. Where the strong craving came from is still a mystery, but I am really glad it did.

So, have you tried a peanut butter and banana sandwich or want to?

Cryptocurrency -Bitcoin – Coinbase

(Have you dabbled in cryptocurrencies yet or thinking about it?)

Here is my story so far.
I started buying Bitcoin the end of 2017 right before the downward falling of the price.  It would go up and tease, but then fall again.  You have to be careful what YouTube channels and news articles you get your information from.  I kept hearing ‘Bitcoin is going to hit a million… keep investing.”  Luckily, I don’t like to lose money and I don’t put in more money than I can safely lose.

When Bitcoin was heading down then I started hearing, “buy it when everyone else is selling.”  So when it goes down I would buy a little, and I mean a little. One thing about cryptocurrencies is that if I want to buy $3 of Bitcoin I can. For $3 I will only get a small portion of a Bitcoin, may be about 0.0001.  Though I will own 0.0001 of a Bitcoin.
I was so excited that I started buying small amounts weekly.  I still hardly own anything and if it did get to 1 million dollars per coin and I sold all my Bitcoin , I would only have about $2,000 dollars.  Which is way more than I put in, but I would not be rich.  Like I said I only put in what I can afford to lose and I don’t have much.

Now saying that, I did get burned.  I bought a stake in Bitconnect.  Bitconnect was a lending platform with promises of great returns.  I found out later that there were people talking about Bitconnect being a Ponzie scam.  If I had heard that part of the news before I put my money in I would have never invested.  I got caught with my money in there when the program shut its doors and I lost about $100.  It hurt, though it did not destroy me.  I heard of people losing their life savings because they thought it was a sure thing.  There are other lending platforms out there now, but I have been burnt and don’t plan to go down that road again anytime soon.

I consider the money I put into crypto as a kind of savings account.  It may not make much, though anything it makes is a bonus.  There is also a chance I could lose it.  I have to know what kind of risk level I am comfortable with.

If you are interested in dabbling in Crypto and want to start small, you can use Coinbase. Coinbase only sells 4 types of Crypto at this time.  There is hundreds of cryptocurrencies out there and Coinbase’s crypto is usually in the top 10.  The interface of this site is pretty straight forward.  If you decide you want to use Coinbase they have a bonus for the both of us if you use my link.  You and I will get $10 in bitcoin once you have invested $100.  You can do this amount all at once or just a little money at a time till you reach $100.

ONLY DO THIS IF YOU INVESTIGATE CRYTOCURRIENCIES FIRST AND ONLY INVEST THE MONEY YOU DO NOT CARE IF YOU LOSE.  This idea of cryptocurrencies could take off or tank.  And if it does take off it could take another 10 years.  I am looking at this as a long term place where I am keeping my money.  We will see how this story turns out years from now.
If you want to try it out through my link, here it is……. Good luck!

https://www.coinbase.com/join/5a2da51ea4b85d0226c4f892
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Have you dabbled in cryptocurrencies yet or thinking about it?

EVO-DRY: Mini Dehumidifier


I like this dehumidifier because it is compact, easy to use and not messy.  I am using it to get the moisture out of my van.  We plan on sleeping in the van and all the moisture from our breaths are bad in a vehicle, especially if it doesn’t dry out during the day.  (Press on picture to check product on Amazon)

I actually bought it in a two pack so I can switch them out.


I just noticed that they now have a new style that is cuter.


Tell me if you try these out and what you think.

Making Money Online: Playing Games

(Have you played games for money or think it would be fun?)

I have started looking for ways to make money on the internet.  I am doing this so I am not tied down to a job in a building.  I want to start traveling.

About 3-4 months ago I watched a video about making money by playing games on your phone.  That sounded so cool and something I had the ability to do.  I downloaded an app that would pay me and got started playing.  So much fun at first (and kind of still is).  The thrill of seeing the points adding up felt awesome.  The points get turned into money that the company will send you or you can get a gift card instead.  The lowest you can withdrawal for money (Paypal) is 50 cents once you make 4,999 points. For a gift card you need to make a minimum of 24,253 which will get you a card worth $2.50.

How it works:
1)  You sign up for the app.
2)  They will give you 2-3 choices of games.
3)  You sign up for one or all of them.  This means you pick the game from this app and it will direct you to the store where you can download it.  You must connect through the app.
4)  Once the game is downloaded, then you just press the icon like you are playing a regular game and it will start adding up your points as you spend time playing.

The first downside is the longer you play the less you earn per minute. Example: Let’s say the first 5 minutes you earn 500 points. The next time it gives you 500 points is in 10 minutes. And so on.
The second downside for me is that my phone ran out of space.  I will say my phone is a couple of years old, so if you have a newer one you may have more space to store games.

Since I have been playing one game for a while my next payout is in 7 hours.  Not making much, but it is still more money than if I was playing for free.  I just took my first withdrawal out.  The sum was $10.32. I know that will not be enough money for me to travel.  Even if I played all day I couldn’t make enough to support myself.  Plus I don’t want to be playing all day.

I do like playing games on my phone and to know that I am making a little bit of money is a side bonus.  There are several apps out there that will pay you for playing.  I have only tried one and this one pays you in EUR.  It is called AppLike.

If you find a better gaming app out there share it with me.  Right now I am hooked on two games and don’t really want to give them up yet.

Happy Gaming!

Have you played games for money or think it would be fun?

Stock Trading: My Very First Trade

(Have you been wanting to trade stocks or have already started?  Have any stories to trade with me?)

I have been wanting to learn how to trade stocks for decades.  I have not had enough money to put toward this endeavor.  Things have changed a little.  I still don’t have much money to put toward trading, but instead I have found a way where it will cost me less to trade.

On April 23, 2018 I bought my first stock.  I did this impulsively and just because someone online said it was a good stock.  I have read several books about how to trade.  Don’t just follow tips, don’t be pushed because of time to get into or out of a trade, and don’t let your emotions decide what you will do.  I know this…. every book goes over these rules.  Though when it is real money I seemed to stop thinking clearly.  I jumped into this without really checking it out.  (I plan to make a lot of newbie mistakes.)

I bought this stock and it started to go down. NOOOOO!

When I was reading about trading I decided that Swing Trading (holding it at least overnight) would be more my style verses Day Trading (buying and selling the same day).  Now that I made my first trade, it is really hard going to sleep knowing I am down money.  I trust the system (mostly).  Historically stocks eventually go up unless something bad happens to the company.

So, I was going to wait till it went up and then sell it as soon as I was able to get a profit. It went up over my buying price twice, but I was at work and not looking at the market.  If I was able to catch one of those my profit would have been higher.  About 4x higher than what I ended up with.

I know you are waiting for me to tell you the result.  On the third day I sold for a profit of 30 cents.  You may not think that is impressive, but I was thinking WOOHOO!

I jumped in and did something out of my comfort zone.  A topic I only knew a little about and had never tried.  I ended up with a profit and not a loss.  In my book, that makes me A WINNER!

Have you been wanting to trade stocks or have already started?  Have any stories to trade with me?

[When I am writing a blog I will write it then walk away for a couple of hours or a day, then come back and reread it.  I usually find several mistakes that I didn’t notice at my first sitting.  Rereading this question at the end I didn’t realize I had made a pun. ….stories to TRADE with me…. LOL ]

Will You Get Followers On Your Blog?

(Are you already blogging?  How long did it take you to get twelve followers?)

I am writing this blog for two reasons.  The first I wanted to document that on this day I have 12 followers, an even dozen.  I know several of them are personal friends, though several are people I have never met.

The second reason is for a little information.  As a new blogger you may wonder if what you have to say will resonate with anyone.  I have been watching many YouTube videos and many say that there are people out in the world that want to hear what you have to say and how you say it.  They also say that as long as you are authentic, then keep sharing and advertising yourself and you will find like minded people.

If you are not being yourself two things can happen.  First, you will get tired of blogging because you are trying to be something you are not.  Second, many people can tell if you are a poser and will not want to follow you.

Have fun with your blog.  If you do it in a way that is true to yourself then it will come across in your writing and you will enjoy the process much better   Good luck.

For everyone who is following me.    Thank you.

Are you already blogging?  How long did it take you to get 12 bloggers?

Tangent: RVing

(Have you ever taken off on a long RV trip or want to go RVing?)

I have so many things I am trying to do right now.  My main focus is that I want to be RVing.  Not just a week but weeks or a month at a time.  I want to see our great United States.  I have wanted to explore the US as long as I could remember.  There are a few places I would like to see outside the US like: Egypt (the pyramids), Mexico (The Mayan Ruins), and Australia (koala bears, my favorite animal).  I have never really wanted to visit Paris, London, or France.  I would much rather see and experience my own country.

I stumbled across videos of people that have sold their homes and are currently traveling the world in RVs.  So, now I  want an RV.  The problem, besides not being able to afford one at this moment, is that I am working at a job that is not able to be done on the road. That means I need to find a new career that will allow me to travel.

I go back to YouTube to research options on how to make money online. My top 4 choices is: opening an ecommerce affiliate store, trading stocks as a swing trader (I have been wanting to do this for about a decade), youtube videos, and blogging.  I do not know a whole lot about any of these, though I do know more than I did about 6 months ago.  I have started working on an ecommerce store and played with my phone to do videos.  I am jumping in carefully and since I don’t have much capital to back it up I am going slow and inexpensively.

The open road is calling me though.  I must push on and get these new income earners up and running.

Have you ever taken off on a long RV trip or want to go RVing?