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How To Retire Early (Or Get Richer) With The Humble $10

Ah, the humble $10. So easily and often neglected and mis-used.

In Singapore, that'd be about:

  • 2 starbucks drinks
  • 2 cans of beers
  • 1 movie ticket
  • 0.5-1 cab ride
  • 0.2-1 lunch/dinner
  • 4-5 pieces of single piece bread from common bread/bakery shops
  • half a pack of cigarettes
  • some impulse purchases that can be useless (the 1000th hair pin etc)

You get what I mean: the humble $10 is terribly under-rated and unappreciated. Think about it, how many $10 decisions do you make a day, that you could possibly save on?

  • 1x per day = $10 saved per day
  • 3x per day = $30 saved per day
  • 5x per day = $50 saved per day

Say you could save $30 per day, multiply that by 365 days per year = $10950 savings in a year.

If you invest that amount in dividend stocks with an average of 5% return, that'd be $547.50 passive income

  • In 10 years, you'd have $144,614.32 with $7,230.72 dividend per annum (and growing)
  • In 20 years, you'd have $380,175.81 with $19,008.8 dividend per annum (and growing)
  • In 30 years, you'd have $763,880.65 with $38,194.03 dividend per annum (and growing)

Yes, from the humble, unassuming and under-rated $10.

And that's based on 3 occurrences per day on determining if you use $10. Or not.

What happens if it's 10x per day? Or more? And that's just cash decisions.

What happens if you:

  1. buy a cheaper phone plan instead of the more expensive one, saving you anything from $20 to $100 per month?
  2. buy a slightly cheaper internet plan that's slightly slower, spending $30 per month instead of the cutting edge $60 per month, saving you $40 per month
  3. don't subscribe for cable TV, saving you anything from $65 to $100+++ per month
  4. don't subscribe to newspapers, magazines, that monthly wine/toy/food etc, saving you at least $100 per month and up to $300+?

The permutations and possibilities add up a lot. With just the above 4, that's a minimum saving of $225 per month, or $2700 per year (assuming you cannot save on anything else and just the above 4).

Take this amount, invest it in dividend stocks and roughly 5% return:

  • In 10 years, you'd have $35,658.33 with $1,782.91 dividend per annum (and growing)
  • In 20 years, you'd have $93,741.98 with $4,687.10 dividend per annum (and growing)
  • In 30 years, you'd have $188,354.13 with $9,417.70 dividend per annum (and growing)

Imagine how much faster and earlier you'd retire.

In fact, I'd recommend you take USD 299 out of your savings per year, and invest into building and improving a skill of making money online. I recommend Solo Build It to build your online businesses, which I've used since 2010, and I recommend them because I've so much outcomes with them (read my review here). On NigelChua.com, I use WordPress but that's because NigelChua.com has been around since 2009 =D

PS: if you're a die-hard WordPress fan, then go with WordPress (I use Bluehost to manage all the domain name and hosting stuff). But if you're not technically inclined or want your online business to be easier with less tech hassle, I highly recommend Solo Build It