My boyfriend and I spend just $24,000 a year by living in a van - here are all the things we save money on
- Two years ago, my boyfriend and I left our office jobs and started living and traveling in a converted cargo van.
- We spend $24,000 a year combined thanks to our new lifestyle. That's $26,000 less than we used to spend.
- Here are all the things we spend and save money on from the comfort of our van.
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Not long ago, I was spending between 50 and 60 hours a week at an office in Los Angeles just to make rent for my Westside apartment, which had a cockroach problem I couldn't afford to fix.
I chalked up my financial instability to being young and "paying my dues," something I heard frequently while working in the entertainment industry. Now, I'm working half as much as I used to and my life is brimming with adventure, thanks to a 13-year-old cargo van.
I share a 2006 GMC Savana with my boyfriend, Matt, who I met in New Zealand after I quit my job and sold everything to travel in 2016. We both left office jobs - his in Bristol, England - to achieve something bigger than what we were achieving from our desk chairs.
Living in a van is our way of being able to afford traveling the world. Matt and I have cut our spending from when we were living in cities from $22,000 and $28,000 a year, respectively, down to $24,000 for the both of us combined - all while working less and having more fun in the process.
Here are all the ways our beloved van, Birdie, saves us money.