Contrary to popular belief, retiring early is more than possible. And as a handful of everyday people have shown us, you don't need to win the lottery or bring home a massive paycheck to do it.
Take early retirees Justin and Kaisorn McCurry, who banked more than $1 million in a decade to retire in their 30s. Or, "Mr. and Mrs. 1500" — the pseudonym of early retirees Carl and Mindy — who upped their net worth from $586,000 to nearly $1.8 million in four and a half years, thanks to cutting expenses and smart investing.
Both the McCurry's and Mr. and Mrs. 1500 started their path to financial independence with one, simple step: They tracked their spending.