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My reasons for retiring well on small budget have actually evolved over the years. Back in the early 00's I was an early retiree in my 40s. Since I was decades away from Social security or pension income. So I had to make do small withdrawals from savings to cover living expenses. But even then I enjoyed the challenge to frugally live a rich life.

When I retire again, I'll be in early 60's; and definetly will be in position to spend more than I did as an early retiree.
But probably won't because

1) I'm in the habit of being frugal.
Most of my pastimes are low cost or free.

2) As I get older I have less and less desire to spend big $$ to maintain my appearance. Take for example hair styling.
I have happen to have curly hair and used to get the fancy keratin treatments which gave me smooth straight hair at a cost($400 once a quarter). And I would also get partial highlights -- $200 once a quarter. I've given all that up and now just get occasional hair cut.

3)I am ecologically responsible and try not to be wasteful.

Currently driving 13 y/o car which I intend to wear out before I replace it. Leverage thrift and consignment stores for my clothing.
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