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Here’s How Big Your Portfolio Can Get Just by Saving $5 Every Day

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Slow and steady is the way to go when it comes to investing. As tempting as it may be to buy shares of Plug PowerGameStop, or the next hyped-up stock, gains from those types of investments can be fleeting and will put your portfolio at significant risk.

You don’t need a ton of money to build wealth over the long term. Even small changes to your lifestyle, such as cutting out a cup of coffee at Starbucks every day or a meal at McDonald’s can add up to significant savings and impact your wealth years from now, especially if you use that money to invest.

Let’s assume for argument’s sake that you cut $5 per day from your budget. Over a month, that could give you approximately $150 to invest with. And over a year, you’re looking at $1,825 just in savings. That’s without factoring in any dividend income or capital appreciation you could earn by investing that money into a stock. If you were to invest in a top dividend stock like Enbridge, which currently yields 7.5%, you could see your balance quickly rise in value. Assuming the oil and gas stock rises at a modest rate of 3% per year and the dividend continues to average 7.5%, here’s how your portfolio could look like if you were to invest $1,825 into the stock every year:

Year Total Contributions Beginning Portfolio Balance Growth Ending Portfolio Balance Dividends Total Dividends Portfolio + Dividends
1 $1,825 $1,825 $55 $1,880 $137 $137 $2,017
2 $3,650 $3,705 $111 $3,816 $274 $411 $4,227
3 $5,475 $5,641 $169 $5,810 $411 $821 $6,631
4 $7,300 $7,635 $229 $7,864 $548 $1,369 $9,233
5 $9,125 $9,689 $291 $9,980 $684 $2,053 $12,033
6 $10,950 $11,805 $354 $12,159 $821 $2,874 $15,034
7 $12,775 $13,984 $420 $14,404 $958 $3,833 $18,236
8 $14,600 $16,229 $487 $16,716 $1,095 $4,928 $21,643
9 $16,425 $18,541 $556 $19,097 $1,232 $6,159 $25,256
10 $18,250 $20,922 $628 $21,550 $1,369 $7,528 $29,078
11 $20,075 $23,375 $701 $24,076 $1,506 $9,034 $33,110
12 $21,900 $25,901 $777 $26,678 $1,643 $10,676 $37,355
13 $23,725 $28,503 $855 $29,359 $1,779 $12,456 $41,814
14 $25,550 $31,184 $936 $32,119 $1,916 $14,372 $46,491
15 $27,375 $33,944 $1,018 $34,963 $2,053 $16,425 $51,388
16 $29,200 $36,788 $1,104 $37,891 $2,190 $18,615 $56,506
17 $31,025 $39,716 $1,192 $40,908 $2,327 $20,942 $61,850
18 $32,850 $42,733 $1,282 $44,015 $2,464 $23,406 $67,421
19 $34,675 $45,840 $1,375 $47,216 $2,601 $26,006 $73,222
20 $36,500 $49,041 $1,471 $50,512 $2,738 $28,744 $79,256
21 $38,325 $52,337 $1,570 $53,908 $2,874 $31,618 $85,526
22 $40,150 $55,733 $1,672 $57,405 $3,011 $34,629 $92,034
23 $41,975 $59,230 $1,777 $61,007 $3,148 $37,778 $98,784
24 $43,800 $62,832 $1,885 $64,717 $3,285 $41,063 $105,780
25 $45,625 $66,542 $1,997 $68,539 $3,422 $44,484 $113,023

By the end of year 25, you could have a total of $113,023 saved up (and if the dividend was not reinvested). It would be more than double your total contributions of $45,625. And if the dividend continued to average 7.5%, you’d be earning $3,400 annually just in recurring income (which could be tax-free if you held the investment within a Tax-Free Savings Account).

Remember, this is just $5 per day, and even larger investments can generate much more growth. Even by making a modest change to your life, you can help make your retirement years much more comfortable.  Now, with many businesses closed or not operating at full capacity, is a great time to build up some money-saving habits and have a close look at which expenses you can do without. Whether it is consuming less or just cutting some expensive habits out entirely, you can use that money to slowly build up your wealth over time. You don’t need to have a high-paying job or a lot of savings to start investing. Small, modest changes can add up to something much larger over time.

Bottom line

Enbridge is just one example of a good dividend stock on the TSX that you can invest in, but there are many others you can choose from. But if you don’t start putting money aside it won’t matter, and that’s why the most important takeaway from this is that saving money is more important than knowing which stocks to buy. After all, when in doubt, you can put the money into an exchange-traded fund that mirrors the S&P 500 or the NASDAQ so that you don’t have to worry about picking individual stocks.

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