How can I generate a monthly income from my individual brokerage account?

I have an individual brokerage account through Vanguard with $10,000 in the account. Is there any way that I can take part of that amount and use it to generate a monthly income for living expenses?

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December 2017

Of course you can invest for income.  You can buy 2-year Treasuries and earn 1.8% -- in which case you can withdraw $15 per month for living expenses.  You can buy a long term corporate bond fund and earn 4% -- in which case you can withdraw $33 per month for living expenses.  You can go all-in and buy a more risky mortgage REIT and earn 11% -- in which case you can use $91 per month for living expenses.  

See the problem?  $10,000 is not enough to make a difference.  You are much better off living a less-profligate lifestyle.  Make a game of it.  Live frugally.  Give up a few indulgences and put the savings into your account.  "Pay yourself" every month along with the rent, utilities, etc.  Be disciplined.  Set a goal of having $20,000 in that account by the end of next year.  And $500,000 by the time you retire.

Good luck!

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