032 – Extreme Travel: My Story of Hitchhiking Through Europe on Under $40 a Week

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Probably the coolest thing I did in my early twenties was hitchhiking through Europe from Hungary to Paris! I also did this on what was my Romanian student’s budget – under 40$ a week.

I describe, in detail, the financial strategies employed (accommodation and transport) as well as the personal experience of being on the road: the good, bad and the ugly.
Also see my $2/day food budget!

Note: The person on the left is my travelling companion, and the one on the right is me, 3 years ago. Yes, travelling was a transformative experience, but not that much!

Welcome, ExtREmists!

I’ve been getting many visitors on the site lately who are also interested in Early Retirement Extreme and Jacob Lund Fisker’s work. If you are one of them, I welcome you to Valiant Growth!

The two episodes that you are most interested (thanks, GA) are the extreme saving way and my book review of ERE.

Out of Context
Too radical?

I do have some other episodes that might interest you directly:

How To Spend $2/day on Food

This is a tactical episode, and a good companion to ERE food budget tactics, including a fun framework for quickly judging the price vs. value of any food

Book Review: Job Free: Four Ways to Quit the Rat Race by Jake Desyllas

This a concise and very well-written book on early retirement strategies. It features the familiar extreme saving, but also adds three new ways you might be unfamiliar with – and that you might blend for an even more powerful FI strategy (I did!)

Book Review: The Millionare Next Door by Thomas Stanley

Most of you aren’t aiming to be millionaires, but this book is still a great read on how actual millionaires are very much in line with frugal principles, despite popular media portrayal.

Career are a Scam

“Retire? But a [corporate employee] career is an important part of life and personal development!” In this episode, I explore and refute many arguments for the automatic growth-value of being a highly-specialized, 60+ hours/week employee.

My next two episodes might also interest you: one is on immediate retirement, the extremer version of early retirement extreme and the other on super frugal travelling in developed countries.

If you don’t want to miss them, you might either want to like the VG Facebook page for updates, subscribe on iTunes or get the 2.9MB Android app

More generally, if you are into ERE, you are into going beyond gimmicks/hacks and into frameworks, principles and philosophy. Well, Valiant Growth is all about that! Personal finance is part of the mix, but you will find a similar level of depth in my discussions of other key areas for growth and happiness: psychology, relationshipsproductivity and goals, to name a few.

The same way ERE went beyond finances to broadening my own horizons to DIY, health and lifestyle, I aim to do the same for you with Valiant Growth, bringing you the connection between earning self-esteem, building amazing relationships and achieving freedom in one, 5 episode/week package.

Here are the subscription options again: Join the discussion! | iTunes | Android | YouTube

Thanks for coming by! Also, thanks Jacob for mentioning Valiant Growth!

030 – The Philosophy of Frugality: Key Ideas from Early Retirement Extreme by Jacob Lund Fisker

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Begin by getting the book 🙂

Why didn’t I bring this episode to you sooner? That’s the question that I ask myself now that I’ve finished recorded it – you could be months ahead on your financial independence plan!

This is my presentation of Early Retirement Extreme – I talk about the philosophy of frugality, I talk about how it’s an embodiment of a great strategy book and I present some really useful frameworks for thinking about your goals, your independence and your purchases.

It’s a great book, I suggest that you get it now, even you have a full reading list. Every person I’ve ever shown this book to has regretted not reading it sooner.

Find it the book at http://valiantgrowth.com/ere

Also find Jacob’s website at http://earlyretirementextreme.com, Joshua Sheats’ review of the book for more excerpts on the philosophy at https://radicalpersonalfinance.com/3 (it was his 3rd episode as opposed to my 30th, he knows what he is doing) and Mr. Money Moustache’s blog at http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/ for a more approachable…approach.

Find out when you can finally retire!

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029 – The Extreme Saving Way – How You Can Retire in 5 Years, Regardless of Your Age or Income

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The title’s no lie – you can retire in 5-10 years from now! No, really! And in this podcast, I present the way (well, give you an entry point for your own exploration)!

If you are not familiar with extreme saving/early retirement/early retirement extreme, this is one episode you have to listen to! I say this with no exaggeration: this is life-changing stuff.

If you are an early retirement expert, you might choose to listen simply to hear how much fun I had with the subject! I love talking about early retirement, and the love shines through – this was the most enjoyable episode to record to date.

Before you move on and forget, go and check out (and I mean “go to the check out with” 😉 ) this incredible book: valiantgrowth.com/ere

The book link is an affiliate link, and I’m sharing it with you for my own benefit: not really because of the small percentage of the sale I get now, but because I want to have a rich audience in the future!
Also see one of the most popular VG episodes on how to realistically spend only $2/day on food @ valiantgrowth.com/e14

014 – How To Spend $2/day on Food

Food spending can be a substantial part of our budget – and thus is a prime candidate for optimizing!

In this podcast I present the simple approach that helped me create a balanced and flexible diet while spending $2/day. I also talk about why saving on food is something worth considering, and also taking the pain out of cooking!

List of Food Prices with kcal/GBP (UK Tesco, Feb 2016)

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