Sometimes, when I feel like having a good cry, I look at my student loan statement and choke up when I see the five-digit balance still marring my monthly bills. I'm already frugal — always have been; but I wonder what my financial situation would be like if I had taken it even further all these years. One Redditor posed that exact question, asking people who saved all their money at a young age and are now over 50 years old how things turned out and if they regret their choices. Was it worth scrimping and saving? Did their quality of life suffer? Did they truly get to live?
It's a double-edged sword, really — years and years of sacrifice to hopefully have a better life later on. Then again, it seems many of these people didn't look at is as sacrifice at all. They lived a wonderful life on very modest means and then continued to live a wonderful life spending and splurging here and there. Can you really have the best of both worlds, and is it always a happy ending?
While that seems to be the case more commonly, there are some people who saved and saved and still ended up with very little in the end. Here are some of their stories.