After leveling my new wizard to about 5, I stopped by the AH and started searching for levels 1-10 gear with + exp. Forabout 1-5k per piece I was able to get every slot filled with very nice pieces.
At level 13, one of my friends (level 15) joined group with me. At level 15 I had +77 exp per kill, and 17% (helmet, square ruby). By level 16 we were caught up together. And currently sitting at me level 19, him level 18.*I have gained 6 levels, where he has gained 3!* I am now at 119 exp per kill, and 17% with 3 pieces waiting for me at 20.
We finished act one in just over an hour, and started Act 2. Altogether it has been about 2 hours and I am almost level 20, where I have more +exp gear waiting.
Instead of paying 250k, or whatever they are asking now. Spend about 50k in the AH, grab yourself some nice +exp gear, and just go out there killing. You spend only 2x the time, save a ton of your cash, make almost all your money back while questing, help others out by buying from AH, and do not seem like a pansy to the HC community : )
Buy +exp gear, go out there and kill something.