I am one of "the millionaires next door"
Lived below my means
Saved and invested, never spent more than I made
Never bought a new car
Bought new furniture when holes developed in the old stuff
Bought suits at Sears
I never even knew about the book until I was talking to a co-worker about my financial independence and upcoming retirement and what my plans were. He was asking "Where are you going to move to, what kind of car are you going to buy, that kind of stuff. I said I'm not moving anywhere, the house (1390 sq-ft) is paid off and I have a car (2003 Taurus)
He then told me I was the millionaire next door and that's when I looked it up. Yeah Baby!
On my last day of work he drove me home. Parked in front of my modest house with the weedy front lawn I said "does it look like a millionaire lives here, total stealth baby!"
He just busted out laughing. Yeah, life is good -