I’ve Lived in a Vehicle for Three Years. I Now Have $150K

I’ve Lived in a Vehicle for Three Years. I Now Have $150K

How much can you save by living in a vehicle instead of paying rent? In this video, I breakdown my expenses of living in my van vs living in my SUV vs living in my old apartment. Hopefully this financial overview will give you an idea of what costs to expect, and how much you might save by living on the road.

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Insurance 2:20
Phone + Internet 3:30
Utilities 3:55
Gas 6:12
Vehicle Maintenance 7:58
Food 9:17
Gym Membership 10:21
Storage Unit 10:54
Private Mailbox 11:14
Hotels, Airbnbs, Campsites 11:27
Subscriptions + Software 12:41
Parking 13:13
Taxes 13:50
Rent 14:24
How Much I Saved 15:36
Is Van Life Affordable? 17:45

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  1. GILBERTO GRANADOS on March 29, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    This video just made me an instant sub, I was reaaaaaally missing out, her stuff is soooo comforting, wow

  2. Kevin Ford The Submariner on March 29, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Great video, Christian.

  3. bigcheese 212 on March 29, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Honey the whites are at it again

  4. Kevin on March 29, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    The best breakdown of van living expenses I’ve seen. Comparing the apartment expenses was really helpful.

  5. Lisa R. on March 29, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Very cool story about van life and how you do it. Thank you!

  6. ENGENHEIRO DO POVO on March 29, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Do you surf Chritiian ?

  7. Natascha de Rooij on March 29, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Your rent is unbelievable. Rents here in the Netherlands are around 1200,- euro p/m and that is in the commercial sector.
    If your house is subsidised it is between 400,- and 700,- euro’s. And if you are rich enough to buy a house morgage is between 500,- en 1200,- euro (average)
    Are the salaries that high in Canada? The average wage here is about 36.000 euro

    Although I love the fact that you can save now and van life feels free, it is kind of sad that rent has become so high that we cannot obtain a full, free "western" lifestyle while living in a house. In the Netherlands to be able get a mortgage you have to bring atleast 40.000 (villages) to 200.000 euro (Amsterdam and big cities) of your own saved money to get a mortgage of 450.000 and above.
    Our financial system is failing.

  8. firesideav on March 29, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Kewl . . . YOU ~ ROCK ! ! 🤛😉

  9. Jeanette Williams on March 29, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    The information that you shared

  10. doorran on March 29, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    150k will now by you 1/4 of a house….. thanks Joe Biden…

  11. Chevy on March 29, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    150k after 3 years? How much did your Van build cost?

  12. Mark Moses on March 29, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Let me top you all
    I managed 30 years exactly a 25 unit Santa Monica apartment building.
    Tenant manager 3 bedroom 2 bathroom $300 per month.
    Valued at $3000 per month.
    Meanwhile worked part time home depot and was a designer and handyman musician.
    30 years each month I took 20 grands per year to the bank, over 30 years 600, 000 cold cash regular savings account.
    Building was sold in 2017, bought a great modern 4 bedroom 3 bath swimming pool jaccuzzi in Bakersfield cash paid for for 400 thousand.
    Have another 259 k in my bank
    I’m on social security now

  13. Goddess on March 29, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Interesting! Thank you for your honesty. We have similar lifestyles but I spend double what you do on food … hmmm?

  14. BagznBirdz on March 29, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Didn’t you have home insurance? That would make the insurance bill for living in an apartment bigger. I pay over 200€ a year for home insurance. Been thinking about moving into a caravan for a while. A friend did the move a couple of years ago and she’s been happier than ever.

  15. abdi hassan on March 29, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    You are really doing great and keep the good work and good bless you

  16. Ascension 669 on March 29, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    heck for that apartment a month you could of bought a house. or move somewhere else where apartments are cheaper and probably have more space.

  17. Allimarie Wallace on March 29, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    How do you handle getting mail? Do you have a p.o. box?

  18. T C on March 29, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    How do you manage medical checkups/doc visits? Do you keep Pacific Northwest home base physicians? Or just do doc in a box? A non smoker, eat very well, and look to be in great shape.

  19. Dillon Garcia on March 29, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Great video! I’m considering when I move back to SoCal to live out of my ‘16 4runner with my rooftop tent because buying a house is so insane with prices right now.

    Do you ever have nights where you feel like you have no where to go back to or call home? That’s something I’ve been thinking about. Or do you eventually accept and embrace the van(vehicle) life and you’re a camper full time? 🤠

  20. Macintosh Trent Reznor on March 29, 2022 at 6:39 pm


  21. W. Fox on March 29, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    What if you have to poop.

  22. Harold Clark on March 29, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    thank you very good info

  23. 00Noontide on March 29, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    If i lived in a van my problem would be ventilation as I’m lactose intolerant and fart non stop. A spark could cost me my van depending on what i had for dinner.

  24. Mike K on March 29, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Good for you; much respect (admire the courage)…best wishes for a great future

  25. David Barton on March 29, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Spending $2,600 on an apartment blows my mind

  26. $pencer's Crypto Vibe on March 29, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    awesome breakdown! immediately subbed.

  27. Majerli Becker on March 29, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    I really want a storage unit but it seems liek even the small ones are expensive. I live in CT, maybe I need to look around. Less than 30$ is a really good deal if you really need a place for your things that you really cant part with.

  28. jon banks on March 29, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    you lost it at pAYING THE MAN

  29. Chrisa Thian on March 29, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    when im single i live paycheck to paycheck. when i married my husband who already have a house, all my salary go into saving and i bought my own house after two years.

  30. Geoffrey Rose on March 29, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Buy some Gold

  31. Walter Di Bartolomeo on March 29, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Eloquently explained. Stellar! Merci. Stay safe.

  32. x x on March 29, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    All these rich kids playing at being homeless. Normalization of poverty. This is getting ridiculous

  33. Music Maker on March 29, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Pretty Incredible! I admire you so much

  34. MigMig Johnson on March 29, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    I would never broadcast to the world I drive around with $150K unless I’m armed to the teeth ready to protect the loot. I don’t mean to judge, but I’d be amazed if this woman carries a can of bear spray at the most.

  35. x x on March 29, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    This person isn’t sincere. These are not her experiences. She’s nothing more than a POS influencer, actress reading off of a cue card.

  36. Vivek Upadhyay on March 29, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    You’re experienced is awareful a exierence exierence aware for better clear cut understanding if life towards road success experienced and managing expenses and moments to towards these and after

  37. MrTheSilverNickel on March 29, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    I’ve never heard of a state camping pass. Could someone please elaborate on this for me? I’d truly appreciate your time!

  38. Tarek on March 29, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    You have 150k your definitely making good money in your Job

  39. G Tan on March 29, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Congrats, house prices went up by more than 150k over the past 3 years though

  40. evan Doe on March 29, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    What about health insurance?

  41. cs student on March 29, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    What about gas of van ??😊😊

  42. Brad Needleman on March 29, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    I just sold my business and I am about to hit the road for awhile. I used to live in Alaska and I am going to travel the west and maybe back to Alaska for the summer. I have no desire to be a suburbanite. I need open space. I love your channel and your attitude. Happy travels.

  43. bikesbeersnbeats! on March 29, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    What was the cost of your fully built out van? The promaster you’re currently in has a really nice setup and its cost should be included in your calculations. You have to have that capital upfront and then account for the depreciation of the vehicle as you use it. With renting you have initial deposit but you should receive that back when moving out and there is no need to have over $80k+ up front capital.

  44. Min Wong on March 29, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    I bought a home 3 years ago and the market value went up $500K according to Redfin and Zillow.

  45. Five String on March 29, 2022 at 7:08 pm


  46. Cesar Cancino on March 29, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    i like your mood

  47. Mike. P. on March 29, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    I’m 63 and a lot of young people are doing this these days.
    I can’t say I blame them. Especially these days with the price of rent.

  48. Edward hannah Samuel on March 29, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    If you can save €150 k a year you can afford to buy a house and live quite comfortably. You must be tight 🤣😂

  49. Ibraheem Ali on March 29, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    what was the cost of vehicle and its maintenance?

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