I have no inheritance; both my parents are still alive, at ages 86 and 88.I went to college, and paid for part of it myself. My parents paid the rest. My first job out was making $110 a week, and I bounced around the tall grass of New Hampshire and Maine and Massachusetts for 8 years making more or less the same.I went to work in corporate America (Westinghouse) and rose through the ranks, until I was General Manager of a Business Unit. I bought a house, sold it when transferred, bought another, and so on, four times. I spent a lot less than I earned, and I am now a millionaire. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Mrs. Goofy is also a millionaire. Not to put a really really fine point on it, but my dog, if he could sign his name, would also be a millionaire. We have 7 cats. They are not all millionaires, although we have hopes for them.We made most of what we have through salary, bonuses, and saving. That said, we did not skimp; we didn't pull our washing machine out of the dump, nor look in rainbarrels for our washwater.No inheritance here.Born white (a definite advantage right there) to a father educated by GI Bill; good public schools; state college on state scholarship, summer employment in Catskill resorts, small federal loan.Always saved & LBMM, worked for USAF as mainframe programmer; took early retirement offer when I realized I could live on 1/3 of working pay.As of February 1 - car is 18 years old.Many would consider my standard of living to be skimping, but I enjoy it.
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