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She was extremely frugal

Even while growing her substantial wealth, Schieber kept a frugal mindset, choosing to live off just her small pension from the IRS and her Social Security, her broker William Fay told The Washington Post.

She wore the same black hat and coat everyday — through summer and winter — and regularly walked to work to save on bus fare.

"She was saving 80% of her salary, at least," said Clark, according to Money Magazine, adding that he didn’t think Scheiber spent more than $2 on food a week.

“In those days you could get a hot dog lunch at Nedick's for 15 cents, but I know she found an even cheaper place."

While Scheiber often went to extremes to save money, she was clearly dedicated to spending far less than she earned, which left her plenty of funds to add to her portfolio.

If you want to find more space to free up cash, consider making a budget. Budgets are one of the best tools to curb spending and keep you on track to reach your financial goals.

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She invested in what she knew — and for the long term

Many experts (like Buffett himself) recommend investing in what you know — and that’s just what Scheiber did. Her portfolio included PepsiCo and Chrysler, pharmaceutical brands like Pfizer and Bristol-Myers and, as a nod to her love of movies, entertainment companies such as Columbia and Paramount.

She also kept herself informed by attending these companies' shareholder meetings — with a bag in hand in case they provided a free lunch, of course.

And like Buffett, Scheiber was a patient, long-term investor, who reinvested her dividends and interest and rarely sold any of her stocks, even when they were floundering.

"She was never looking for a quick buck," Fay told The New York Times. "Her whole idea was to get performance on a long-term basis. She felt over the long run the value would grow."

Scheiber might even have earned herself even more by starting her investing journey earlier in life. The longer you invest, the more likely you’re able to score higher returns, through the power of compounding.

She was a tax-efficient investor

As a former employee of the tax agency, Schieber found ways to avoid paying them more than she had to. She held onto her stocks rather than selling them, which helped her avoid capital gains taxes. And since she reportedly hated paying commissions, later in life, she transferred some of her dividends into tax-exempt bonds.

There are other ways you can be more tax-efficient with your investing as well, like investing through a Roth IRA, which is taxed upfront, meaning all your withdrawals in retirement will be tax free.

Conveniently, Schieber always planned to leave her money to education, which as a charitable donation, ultimately reduced her estate’s tax burden.

Yeshiva University, the private Orthodox Jewish university in New York City she bequeathed the bulk of her estate to, still honors her donation by offering the Anne Schieber scholarship for financially and academically deserving Jewish women studying at Stern College for Women and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

"She got a lot of satisfaction knowing she was leaving this money," Clark reportedly told People magazine. "She'd say, ‘Someday, when I'm long dead, there will be some women who won't have to fend for themselves.'”


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Serah Louis is a reporter with Moneywise.com. She enjoys tackling topical personal finance issues for young people and women and covering the latest in financial news.


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