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!
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!)
“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.
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, relationships, productivity and goals, to name a few.
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.
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
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!