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Old 07-05-2014, 07:57 AM   #1
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Breadwinner or single millionaires: Tell me your story

I went through the other thread about millionaires and wanted to differentiate between dual incomes and inherited wealth.

How many became a millionaire with one income and no inheritance? Do not count a pension or real estate values. Did you become one by contributing the max to your 401K, TSP, 403b and Roth IRAs and LBYM? I would like to contribute to a Roth TSP but I am afraid of it since I will pay more taxes now and the balance does not seem to grow as fast as a regular TSP(used the calculators).
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:06 AM   #2
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I just crested $1M in investable assets. No major inheritance. Never been married, no kids.

I contribute the max to my 401K, including my over 50 catch up amount. I have been doing this for as long as I can remember. I have done a Roth every year, for a long time, last year I had to go with a traditional IRA.

I work a few side gigs for extra money. I also invested in and own rental property (24 renters). I do my own maintenance and property management to save expenses. Adding in that equity, I would have ~2.5M in NW.

If you want to be a millionaire, LBYM is number one. Make extra side money. Save, save, save.
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:07 AM   #3
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1.8 million

Max my 401k,
on a regular basis bought MCD, WMT, HD, 2 mutual funds thru monthly DRP,s

Did this for 18 years and now have 1.8 million, and a condo valued at 200k all paid off.
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DW and I both maxed out our 401k's, also contributed to Roth IRA's, bought about half the house we could have afforded, bought late model cars with less than 20k miles and then kept them for at least 5 years and just generally LBYM. It helped immensely that we were both on the same page as to spending, saving and RE.
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:15 AM   #5
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Several million in investable assets. After two grad degrees, went to work for a small company and started seriously investing at age 41. Company grew a lot and i maxxed out all the tax advantaged programs available and then saved even more from stock grants, bonuses and profit sharing. Had to wait on a large incentive stock grant to vest before retiring at 63. Target was 60 but you all know how is is with OMY.
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How many became a millionaire with one income and no inheritance? ).

Investable net worth > $4MM. One income. No inheritance. Does not include any real estate. Key factors were overseas allowances, stock market gains in after tax accounts and a healthy dose of luck.


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Old 07-05-2014, 09:36 AM   #7
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:37 AM   #8
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Yes, education, hard work and luck, in that order, will increase the probability of success tremencously.
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Are Roth TSP investments different than the regular TSP? There is no particular reason a Roth account should grow slower.
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Net worth approaching 4MM. No inheritance, one j*b. No kids. Maxed out retirement plans early on (401K, and nondeductible IRA that I later converted to a Roth). Lived on about 40% of my income. Anything I bought, I bought quality and classic, not trendy. Recreation is the occasional trip on a budget, but to exotic locales. Otherwise, books, dogs, jogging (not too expensive to do). In a word or three: LBYM and start early.
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Being single meant I could move across the country multiple times with minimal headaches for roles that were high potential. Staying LBYM meant I had a safety net if one of those risky moves did not work out.
The road to FI would have been easier with a like-minded partner, but I didn't run into anyone like- minded on my journey.


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Did you become one by contributing the max to your 401K, TSP, 403b and Roth IRAs and LBYM?
Since the sum of my 401(k), 403(b) exceed one million, the answer is yes. And remember that the max of 25 years ago was not the max of today. And any company match has been relatively paltry and didn't happen every year.

Since I haven't withdrawn anything from any of these, it doesn't really matter whether I lived below my means or not. I could have blown all the rest of my money and I would still have more than a million in my 401(k) and 403(b) simply from contributing the max. I haven't had a Roth IRA very long either since I was not eligible when they first appeared on the scene.

Fortunately, there are other accounts besides the old 401(k) and 403(b) accounts because a million ain't what it used to be.
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One income, married, 2 kids. No inheritance. Broke $1M at age 41.

Education + LBYM big time + managing career aggressively and sticking with a winning thing once it was working. Almost all done inside of a megacorp.

I remain convinced that absent a big medical issue, anyone in the US can reach a million through hard work and controlling their lifestyle. Part of the hard work is the hard work of getting a good education.
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Are Roth TSP investments different than the regular TSP? There is no particular reason a Roth account should grow slower.
No, the investments are the same: https://www.tsp.gov/planningtools/co...mparison.shtml

This calculation shows more after-tax money placed in the Roth instead of the traditional TSP: https://www.tsp.gov/planningtools/co...mparison.shtml
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Investable assets >$2.5 million. Mostly LBYM, saved over 70% of income over 20 years of above average paying corporate jobs.

No spouse, no kids. It would have been nice to have found a like-minded partner to share the journey, but few women I have met seem to appreciate the LBYM concept.


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Old 07-05-2014, 12:27 PM   #16
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1st generation immigrant. I came to USA with one suitcase worth maybe 300 bucks of stuff. No inheritance ....
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Old 07-05-2014, 12:53 PM   #17
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Under your definition we did not become millionaires. On one income we got to about $700,000 in IRA's. However, counting things you excluded we come to about $5m. I understand you tailored the question to match your situation, but more than one of my employers offered a generous pension and no 401K. Which, in turn affected the amount we have in savings.
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With the amounts of investable assets mentioned in this thread, there are probably several folks who made one million dollars in just one year with their investments alone in 2013. I'm not in that crowd, but maybe one day ….
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whew! thought we wouldn't make the cut, but we just barely do. oh. wait. both of us worked for others, her more than me, and both of us received inheritances, of amounts that would have been appreciable when we were young broke hippies. She has a Roth Ira. no pensions.

crap. now I feel like a failure.
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whew! thought we wouldn't make the cut, but we just barely do. oh. wait. both of us worked for others, her more than me, and both of us received inheritances, of amounts that would have been appreciable when we were young broke hippies. She has a Roth Ira. no pensions.

crap. now I feel like a failure.
lol!
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