Author Topic: Roy's Bragging Rights  (Read 1445 times)


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Roy's Bragging Rights
« on: June 06, 2015, 12:43:58 PM »
This is gonna be a collection of my badassity, and as i plan to be very bad ass in the coming time, I will update this.
No particular order, numbers just for reference.

1. Switched to cycling to work - instead of 2x30 minutes commute in public transport (65 a month), 2x30 minutes commute by car I switched over to cycling, which is just 2x40 Minutes. Since my last bike got stolen, I really avoided biking, but then it struck: If I buy a bicycle, it will amortize within just 2 months of going without public transport. Fucking awesome!
So I got a free bike, 65 per month more in my stash minus repairs, and replaced 60 minutes of sitting on my ass doing nothing with 80 minutes of ass kicking workout. Thank you MMM!

2. Saved 480 in martial arts training fees - 1 Year ago I started Grappling/Submission Wrestling/No-Gi Jiu Jitsu. Instead of going to a commercial school I went to the free university course. You say I get worse training? We went to a pool system tournament last week, and guess what? My grappling team won more than half of the fights - and all other teams were commercial ones; I personally defeated both guys I went against. Martial arts schools in germany take at least 40 per month, most schools even more. So 480 per year is a rather conservative estimate.

3. I stopped drinking so much beer since I started grappling, since my sporty friends know better to do with their time than to get wasted every weekend, which infected me too. Conservative estimate: Saving 50 per month

4. Stopped eating fast food and so much fucking meat, and eat more self cooked and whole foods, more oats, more fruits. At my job they even give water, tee, coffee, bananas, apples, grapes for free. On a usual day of work, I go for a porridge with some almonds(100gramm oats = 0.08, some almonds: maybe 0.60?), while my coworkers usually order junk food over the internet. Conservative estimate: 100 per month savings, several years of living longer and better.

5. Cancelled gym membership - I'm intending to buy a used barbell for deadlifts, but until then I go with pullups(got my bar for 2), pushups/planche progressions and taking my girlfriend on shoulders for squats (not such a great load, but the added instability makes up for it) Savings: 27 per month

6. Sold old music stuff: earnings: 350

Disclaimer: All this may sound like peanuts to you, but I am still student at a university, so my monthly income is rather low and all this makes a HUGE difference for my finances.


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Re: Roy's Bragging Rights
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2015, 11:11:04 AM »
Looks like you are on your way to a great start...especially when you are still in school. Congrats and best of luck for more cost reductions!

One point to think about is this. The biggest gain comes from reducing your biggest expense. For example, if I save 50% on my gym membership ($100 to $50) will give a smaller bang than if I save 50% on my rent ($1000->$500). What I found is that if you reduce cost on the bigger items, you can still enjoy the smaller items i.e. you won't feel like you are missing out on life and still achieve maximal cost reduction. I am sure you have sorted your expenses and analyzed this aspect...just thought I will point this out.

Hope this helps.


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Re: Roy's Bragging Rights
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2015, 07:38:03 PM »
Badass!  By implementing this stuff now, as a student, you're setting yourself up to do awesome once you have a solid income coming in, as long as you don't inflate your lifestyle too much.
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