Having a look through my stats is always interesting, and seeing how readers get to my blog is interesting as well. One that recently afforded me a few visitors was a post from 2008 that I think is pretty good, and provides some food for thought:
are single and without a family to care for. Even a retired couple could
exist peaceably in a larger van. For families, substitute an RV or a
Motorhome for the van.
form of shelter most likely consume up to 34% of your income each month.
This does not include utilities.
can’t do. When you buy a house, everyone gets to tell you what to do:
City Ordnances, Property Taxes, Mortgage Payments. Its like a form of
enslavement that keeps you tied to a 8 or 10 hour workday, with you know
how much commute time.
of $675.00 per month, and a decent 3 bedroom house no less than $1275.00
per month. $15,000.00 per year is a nice savings and you could buy a
real nice piece of land in a few years time. Or a not so nice piece
(junk land) real quickly along with some improvements.
your home? Neither just yet. The best bet would be to lease out your
home for a year while you try living in the van. If you can not adjust
to the smaller quarters within that year, you can move back into your
home without its loss. You might also be able to negotiate parking
rights so that you do not have to hunt for a place to overnight.
your home, buy some land, and move to it permanently or part time.
your family keeps going up. That mortgage or rent payment would go a
long way to keep fuel in your vehicle and food in your family’s stomach.
less than conventional housing. Spend time at the library, the gym, the
theatre, visit friends. Use the out of doors to break up the time you
spend in the van so that it doesn’t feel like a prison.”