Secrets Of Super Savers – This is one example of a couple known as super savers and the secrets they revealed when it comes to their finances. They even have the secrets to build a $2.5 million retirement account. How did they do it?
Since they married two decades ago, Ed Haskell and Debbie Chasteen have saved more than half their income every year.
But Ed’s aggressive savings habits go back even further. From his early 20s, he was determined to live frugally so that he didn’t have to work into his 60s.
When the couple was dating, Debbie realized how serious Ed was about saving when she needed a new car but didn’t have the cash.
Rather than have her borrow, Ed offered to put up the money so she could continue maxing out her 403(b) retirement plan. That avoidance of debt has been a key to their success. Before they make any purchase, even big-ticket items like cars, they save up the cash.
In 1996 they paid cash for their first home, a $105,000 townhouse in Macon, Ga. Five years later they bought their current three-bedroom home in the Kansas City suburbs for $200,000 — in cash.
“Sure, we could afford a bigger house and more expensive cars, but we’re content with the things we have,” says Ed, who retired 10 years ago and now teaches and consults.
By the time Debbie retires in six years, Ed estimates they’ll have a super $2.5 million retirement nest egg. It’s been a life of savings and that have surely paid off for the couple.