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I bought a new Honda Acord in 1990 and drove it for 17 years. Got tired of it.

Put 1/3rd my salary as a telecom engineer into investments. Ate breakfast and dinner at home most days, and bought sandwich in company cafeteria. Many others went out every day for lunch and spend $$ on lunch. I spent #1.70 or so for a sandwich then.

Retired in 1999 after a nice 10 year run in the stock market.

Most of my co-workers couldn't 'believe' that anyone could retire at 52..... but they all had much bigger houses, bigger fancier cars or two.....ate out 4-5 days a week.....and likely for dinner, too..... had 'fantastic vacations' ......etc.

Sadly, many got caught in the telecom meltdown and used a big chunk of what savings they had to survive months till they found new jobs. And they worked and worked till 65 or 70. Luckily, I bailed out at the right time and was 'ready' to do so.

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