How to Get a Dividend Check Every Month of the Year

One of the best arguments for investing in dividend-paying stocks is that they provide income that you're free to spend anywhere you want. These regular checks can help cover the regular expenses of life. But most dividend stocks pay their dividends quarterly.

If you're an investor who would prefer to receive a more steady stream of income, there is a solution available to you. By digging deeper into companies' dividend payment schedules, it's possible to find a small group of dividend stocks that pay their investors in different months. With these stocks, you can scatter dividend payments throughout the year. That way, your portfolio will generate a more consistent income stream.

For example, if you invest $25,000 in a portfolio yielding 4%, you will generate $1,000 in annual income. If your dividends are received quarterly, you'll get $250 every three months. Instead, you could receive about $83 every month.

Even better, dividend growth stocks increase their dividends regularly, and that will significantly increase your income potential over time. For example, if you invest in companies that raise their dividends by 8% per year, your $83 monthly income will rise to $122 per month in just five years.

Here are several dividend stocks you can invest in that will collectively pay you a dividend each and every month out of the year.

January, April, July, and October
For a company that pays its first quarterly dividend in the first month of the year, I recommend one of the most well-known dividend stocks of them all: tobacco giant Altria Group (NYSE: MO  ) . Altria has increased its dividend 48 times in the past 45 years, including a recent 8% dividend bump. Its success owes to its industry leadership with its Marlboro brand and its interests in smokeless tobacco, cigars, wine, and a voting stake in brewing company SABMiller.

Altria pays a solid 4.5% yield, and its payout is well-supported by its profits.

February, May, August, and November
For each of these four months, investors can look to a company with a long track record of paying, and raising, its dividend. That would be consumer products giant Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG  ) . P&G holds a stable of popular brands that are used in millions of households across the country every day. In fact, P&G has 25 "Billion-Dollar Brands" that each bring in at least $1 billion in annual sales. These include Crest, Tide, and Gillette, for example.

 This portfolio of must-have products allowed P&G to raise its dividend again this year, bringing the current yield to 3.2%. P&G has paid dividends for 124 consecutive years, since its incorporation in 1890. This year marked the 58th in a row in which the company raised its dividend, and its payout ratio remains comfortable at 61%.

March, June, September, December
A good pick for these months would be oil and gas company Chevron (NYSE: CVX  ) for its diversification and strong dividend. Chevron is the second-largest oil company in the United States. It currently yields 3.3% and has a long track record of raising its dividend.

Chevron has upped its payout for 27 years in a row, and there should be future increases in store, given that the company distributes just 39% of its earnings.

The Foolish bottom line
These three stocks provide yields that are higher than what you'll get from the broader stock market -- and way higher than the current rates on bank certificates of deposit and savings accounts. Altria, Procter & Gamble, and Chevron are large, stable businesses that are putting up solid growth.

Even better, these stocks have long track records of raising their dividends each and every year, meaning your income potential will grow with time. And because these businesses are strongly profitable, their dividend payments are well-protected by underlying profits.

If generating monthly income is your goal, it's entirely possible to receive a dividend check in every month of the year.

Top dividend stocks for the next decade
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  • Report this Comment On August 31, 2014, at 1:48 PM, notyouagain wrote:

    I love to look up long-term dividend-payers like these at Yahoo! Finance where under "Historical Prices" they list the "Adjusted Close" prices.

    It really brings the power of dividends into focus. The "Adjusted Close" is adjusted for dividends and splits. It assumes shares purchased at the closing price on the date you're looking at were held and dividends were reinvested at the ex-dividend day opening price from then up to the present.

    These are the "Adjusted Close" prices for MO, PG, and CVX for 9/01/1994...




    Actual close prices were...




    Along with share splits, reinvested dividends have purchased enough shares to result in these ridiculously low costs per share.

    CVX's one split since 9/01/1994 would have halved the "adjusted" close. It was halved again by shares purchased with reinvested dividends.

    The power of dividends and time is amazing. The Fool awakened this interest in me, and since then I've learned everything I can.

    Thanks, Fool.

  • Report this Comment On August 31, 2014, at 2:01 PM, notyouagain wrote:

    Forgot to mention, after reinvesting dividends for those 20 years, the yield on cost for those is just as amazing as the ridiculous difference between their "actual" and "adjusted" close prices!

    (All you have to do is divide the CURRENT annual dividend rate by the "adjusted" close to find out what the yield on cost would be - I spent an entire afternoon once confirming that).

  • Report this Comment On August 31, 2014, at 2:07 PM, notyouagain wrote:

    And for people who want an example of the power of dividends alone, look up the "adjusted close" historical prices of AEP - it has never split.

  • Report this Comment On August 31, 2014, at 5:19 PM, PesoBob wrote:

    Personally I prefer to get and reinvest dividends every month from one stock.

  • Report this Comment On August 31, 2014, at 7:04 PM, CPTBlast wrote:

    I prefer not to invest in companies which try and truck your lungs, choke the environment, or both.

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