Can you retire early too?

Like the Nielsens, you may dream of having enough money to quit your job well ahead of traditional retirement age. Here's what you need to do:

Live below your means
It's not the lattes that will kill your dream but the big-ticket items. Driving a $20,000 car for 10 years vs. buying a $30,000 car every five will save $250,000 over 30 years, says planner Beau Brock. Live in a low-cost area, send your kids to public schools and drop the vacation to the Caribbean for day trips to a nearby beach.
Last updated January 25 2008: 11:05 AM ET
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