High-five to you! I'm really glad you kept going with it. Have fun, experiment, be responsible, and use this stuff to either make, or preserve money.
You may also benefit from attaching margin to your account, makes doing some things a little easier. There are some benefits from having the ability to borrow against your holdings. Like options, it can be a tremendous benefit if used properly, or destroy your portfolio if abused.
If I hadn't been fully margined, I could have done things like buy less in the money far out expiration call options after Sandridge sold all those units. we are always expanding.
If my avg. cost is approx. $13.43, at $15.43, I make $2. If margin interest is 30 cents, then I will sell those units and not hold for say 71 cents dividend. I make $1.70 on 30 cents. In a way that's using other people's money (OPM)?
Early, I got $0.15 for selling Oct. $15.00 covered calls. The'll be worthless after next week. Of course, I'm thinking $15.00 won't happen until after next week. What do you suggest for Monday as far as options?