How To Become a Millionaire On Minimum Wage or Low-Income

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This was an interesting piece. Of course, there are a lot of routes one can take, but this one focuses on investing.

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Ridiculous.
Didn't you read that 40% of Americans don't have $1000 in case of an emergency?

You want an 18 year old making minimum wage to save $47 a month?
You want to work until age 70?

Here's a thought:
Go to college. Learn a trade. Max out any 401K plans (even Target and Wal-Mart have them).
Don't buy stuff you can't afford.
Don't put things you can't afford on credit cards if you can't pay them in full monthly.
Just search for the FIRE movement and you'll find people like me who were able to be responsible adults and enter the double comma club. It just takes ambition and time. Most people can do it. People with bad habits or poor learning skills will not.
@maverick1 wrote:

Just search for the FIRE movement and you'll find people like me who were able to be responsible adults and enter the double comma club. It just takes ambition and time. Most people can do it. People with bad habits or poor learning skills will not.

I have seen the FIRE movement things, and they are interesting. I wonder if it has changed at all during the pandemic?

My co-worker found some guy (millennial) on tik toc today that was claiming that if you put $1200 a year into an IRA for 40 years, you'd have $1,000,000 when you retired. Thing is ... you can't count on 12% return, which is what this idiot claimed. So, yes, at 12%, you could have $1,000,000. At a more realistic 7%, I think it was $250,000. People will believe all kinds of crap on the internet without checking it out.
Others who might not include people who despite prudence, diligence, and best plans are beset by one financial calamity after another, especially through no fault of their own.

Enjoy your commas.

@maverick1 wrote:

Just search for the FIRE movement and you'll find people like me who were able to be responsible adults and enter the double comma club. It just takes ambition and time. Most people can do it. People with bad habits or poor learning skills will not.

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees. - George Eliot
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@SoCalMama wrote:

I have seen the FIRE movement things, and they are interesting. I wonder if it has changed at all during the pandemic?

My co-worker found some guy (millennial) on tik toc today that was claiming that if you put $1200 a year into an IRA for 40 years, you'd have $1,000,000 when you retired. Thing is ... you can't count on 12% return, which is what this idiot claimed. So, yes, at 12%, you could have $1,000,000. At a more realistic 7%, I think it was $250,000. People will believe all kinds of crap on the internet without checking it out.

12% is a reach... more closer to 10%, but this also is a rate that INCLUDES reinvesting dividends too and before taxes.

In the end, the famous Trinity Study was relooked at and guidelines suggest a 5% or an even crazier 6% Safe Withdrawal Rate (SWR) is realistic (SWR = allowable pretax dollars after accounting for inflation, fees and reinvested dividends without hindering your asset’s value), but time will be against you as your portfolio needs as much time as possible to mature to fight against risk (volatility), otherwise, the traditional 4% SWR has still worked wonders.

I’m part of the FIRE movement and would like the option to retire (or even partially retire aka “Barista FIRE”) before 40, hence why I max out my 401k, IRA, contribute $1k per week in a taxable account and max out my ESPP for my employer, constantly driving to increase my real estate portfolio, etc.

P.S. TikTok financial influencers are a joke, mainly cause most of them likely didn’t start investing until the March 2020 crash, so to them, they’ve NEVER weathered through a nice, bloody bear run.

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Ronald Read, a janitor, who invested his savings regularly, amassed $8 million over the course of his life.

I'm more impressed with his discipline than I am with his stocks. smiling smiley I've met plenty of people who've made a good bit of money from their 10-baggers (often a few hundred thousand on that one stock) in a relatively short amount of time, but they weren't always the most disciplined investors/savers. To constantly contribute to your retirement accounts (or regular investing accounts when those limits are exceeded) over many, many decades and to not panic sell at the worst moments takes good discipline.
@shoptastic; yes, I always had fiscal discipline and saved at least 25% from each paycheck for decades. I grew up with very little but was taught to have a good work ethic. I refrain from needless purchases. But I do a lot of DIY. So I'm willing to spend money on specific tools to repair my vehicles, for example. I never take my vehicles to others for repairs. I know how to do plumbing, electrical, most HVAC and woodworking tasks. My wife and I cut each others hair. I cut our lawn, she tends to the garden. We cook most of our own food. We also like to travel (pre-COVID) and go camping. You'll find the first million was the hardest. The subsequent millions are easier to accumulate via reinvestment/compounding/dividends/cap gains. Like Warren Buffett says, “If you don't find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.”
@shoptastic; I've only tracked our net worth in detail since just before we FIRE'd. It would take deeper analysis to find our data from past recessions. So I'll anonymously share our loss of ~$463K for the month of March 2020 (pandemic begins). Since then, it increased by ~1,775K. We didn't make any real changes to our investments during that time. If you were to look at the S&P500 index it should actually show an even better recovery because it's all US stocks. I don't like it when the market takes a deep dive, but since I've seen it happen a number of times in our lives, I deal with the risk and consider it manageable / tolerable. I know we are extremely fortunate to live in a wonderful country, America, even if there are some who prefer to riot to get what they want. I started by taking every 50 cent allowance as a kid, rode my bicycle to the bank and had the teller deposit into my passbook account. To save money, my wife and I moved into a single wide trailer for a year or two and built up more savings before moving into our first house. We completed our Bachelor of Science degrees at night to save more money with assistance from our employers. We only purchased one car with a loan. Every car since has been purchased by writing a check at the dealerships. No debt. Nothing happened fast. But yes, the compound effect does accelerate the process. It's unfortunate that our education system today prefers Critical Race Theory teachings over Personal Finance. I feel sad for the children today. The concepts are kindergarten like simple; treat one another fairly, save more than you spend. Meanwhile, I'll continue on with a planned morning shop and get a reimbursed breakfast sandwich with a small paid fee and reward points while pursuing one of my hobbies, pick up some fruit and vegetables on the way home and maybe check the stock market at the end of the day.

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@Maverick, WOW! Your tenacity and frugalness has sure paid off. I am curious, are you saving for a specific purpose in mind? Why do you feel sad for the kindergarten concepts today? I believe in all the ones that you have cited above. But...with regard to finances, many can't save more many than they spend while are able to. I do agree that one should never spend more money than they earn i.e. they cannot afford.
@Madetoshop; A specific purpose? Ha! After growing up with little, compared to my peers, I didn't want to be dependent on anyone for anything. So I just kept saving and investing. In my twenties, while I was working in a consulting engineers office, at lunch time I would run calculations on a desk calculator and determine "the" number required to have invested to cover my expenses and dream. I had a goal to have $1 million by 30. I never made it. I didn't know enough about investing. I didn't push myself hard enough. I could have, knowing what I know now. I should have hustled by starting a business too. I never did. I never had cable TV (I obviously have internet). I was one of the last of my peers to have a smart phone. We have an antique stove from the 60's. Our first microwave oven is now over 35 years old, works like new. I build my own desktop computers. I'm typing on a computer that is now 10 years old, but I just replaced all the hard drives. Works great! We have six vehicles, the oldest dating back to 1985. It should run if I replace all the fluids and clean out the fuel lines. It sits in a garage collecting dust. I bought another vehicle in 2009 during the "bankruptcy" period. It was a bargain. It only has about 3K miles and sits in a garage under a cover. The newest vehicle sits under a cover outside. Etc., etc. I never thought I was different from my peers. That is, until I got older and starting comparing notes with HS friends. That's another story...
Everybody's life tells a story. And except for the extreme upper and lower cases, as someone told me years ago, there will always be someone (blank) than you. "Blank" being; richer, smarter, prettier, taller, thinner, etc. Speaking of extreme, it reminds me of the guy Jacob Fisker of Early Retirement Extreme (ERE). He could live on $7K per YEAR! Here's just one reference to him: [www.getrichslowly.org]
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Anne Scheiber worked for the IRS back in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

Although she had a law degree and by all accounts was a solid worker, she was never promoted, and it is argued that the fact she was a woman and Jewish in that era was the key reason. Women having the right to vote was still a new thing back then, after all.

Eventually she retired at the age of 51, and received a small pension and social security from then on.

But that’s where the story begins.

Over the next 50 years, she lived frugally in her New York apartment, read the financial statements of various companies, and invested in a number of blue chip dividend-paying companies.

When she died at 101, she left $22 million to Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women and Albert Einstein School of Medicine, for the purpose of providing scholarships to young women.

She invested in things she knew about- companies that owned theaters and pharmaceuticals, and Coca Cola.
Anne Scheiber is another inspiration.
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Back up a bit..... why does or should anyone want to become a millionaire?

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees. - George Eliot
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I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born. - Ronald Reagan
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On paper we are in good shape, but most of our so-called net worth is in the value of our home, land and water rights. We are what some people call land rich and cash poor. If I had to choose one over the other, I'd keep our land. When push comes to shove, fertile land is a lot more useful than a fistful of money.
@Candy Kane; big hat, no cattle...(The “Big Hat, No Cattle” concept is the idea that many millionaires do not have the outside appearance that they are millionaires.) got it! So how many acres?

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@Shop-et-al: well, not having a financial goal is fine, but going by your name you must have "other" goals? What motivates you? What makes you happy? Please share... winking smiley
Never mind. I just watched 'The Beach House' and felt better and better about what I intensely dislike about how some people approach MONEY! and how others approach life, which necessarily includes some of it. All is well now.

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees. - George Eliot
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I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born. - Ronald Reagan
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@Shop-et-al; it's all cool...I view money only as a "tool." Humans used to barter directly. I'll trade you a hen and bushel of corn for that pile of lumber you have. Now it's a fiat currency as the intermediary. Not really any different than the physical big cabinet of wrenches, sockets, pliers, and screwdrivers I have in the garage. Tools are used to get the job done. Example: I have a seal leak on our truck. I could pay a shop ~$600 to take it apart and replace the seal. Or, I could buy the seal on Amazon for less than $20 and spend about 3-4 hrs to replace it myself. You might go to the shop. I'm planning on replacing it myself. I'm just waiting for Amazon to ship the seal puller tool.

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Years ago, in my Engineering Ethics class I remember the professor asking the class something along the lines of, what do you want out of your career / life? I recall most students responded with some form of well paying career / lifestyle / money. A few students responded with "health" or "happiness." I believe the normal behavioral response would likely be the something you don't have. I sincerely hope everyone here on this forum has found some form of sustainable happiness...
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