Van Life Monthly Costs vs. Renting In A City (expense breakdown)

Van Life Monthly Costs vs. Renting In A City (expense breakdown)

Van Life Monthly Costs vs. Renting In A City (expense breakdown) #vanlife #vanlifereality #vanlifecouple #costofliving #moneymanagement


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  1. BAELA FRIEND on July 13, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    you spend 5x the amount i spend living in a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house in phoenix arizona. gurl bye "it is less for us" well your still paying alot more than anyone lol

  2. Kayla Jimmo on July 13, 2023 at 2:39 pm

    What about repairs ?

  3. Skye Lee on July 13, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    but what about how r u making money?

  4. TrumpyBooden on July 13, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    Saving $200 per month isn’t worth it.

  5. n8germ on July 13, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    $800 a month in gas? Are you even stopping to smell the roses?

  6. eric ochotnicki on July 13, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    Why are you constantly moving?

  7. Debi Tate on July 13, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    I’m so jealous. I wish my husband would like to live on the road. I’m going to do it by myself soon.

  8. Leilani Drennan on July 13, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    I want to try this so bad, but realistically I don’t know how long it will take me to save up for the initial costs, as well as making sure if I have enough money on the road for when things break. I just graduated college with a bachelors in sociology and my bf graduates in December. I’m struggling to find a job as is, but am currently waiting for a call back from several places. My plan is that if im extremely frugal for about a year and try to work as much as I can without burning myself out, then hopefully my bf and I can collectively save enough money to get van life started. This has been my dream for awhile now and especially with the kind of jobs we both want to have, it would make things so much easier if we lived on the road and took our pets with us instead of always finding someone to watch them.

  9. threeraid on July 13, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    What apartment costs $1300 a month in rent in 2023?

  10. Holly Sweetland on July 13, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    No.. it is not easier or cheaper. Been doing it in a nice new trailer for 5 years. Pain in the ass.

  11. EienAii on July 13, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    Does Canadian health care work in other countries or do you need to pay travel health insurance ?

  12. Mary Elizabeth Williams on July 13, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    And you have amazing adventures,and the van has resell value while an apartment is just a sunk cost.

  13. Joint Logistics TV on July 13, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    So just because your living in a van you don’t need health insurance? U make no sense

  14. Josh Harris on July 13, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    Man I can only imagine how much kidney stones would cost with no health insurance .

  15. B L on July 13, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    How were you able to get the Internet that low? What Internet service can you use while on the road that’s reliable?

  16. Mary Ibukunojo on July 13, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    Free data, how?

  17. Charlie gruchy on July 13, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    Not really.?…. you have downsides

  18. Smileyamy817 on July 13, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    is this per month??

  19. Incisive on July 13, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    800 on gas a month? Really?

  20. Iske on July 13, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    What about the actual cost of buying/renovating the van?

  21. Owen Parker on July 13, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    Let’ hear about that internet journey!! Thanks for sharing!!

  22. Fick Off on July 13, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    $153 a month for your phone bill ?!?, here in the uk that would be $15 (unlimited everything)

  23. infj-t genderfuid aroace panromantic demiromantic on July 13, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    This is what I want my life go be when I’m an adult.

  24. Paul I on July 13, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    And the van cost how much, including outfitting? All you need for an apartment is a security deposit. Still an interesting video

  25. Fick Off on July 13, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    You change the oil EVERY month ?!? Why ?

  26. Tina Johnson on July 13, 2023 at 3:08 pm

    As far as your health care coverage? If you go to the doc/ ER in the US or Mexico are you covered? And what about taxes? How do taxes work in Canada ?

  27. Fick Off on July 13, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    $133 ft or insurance EVERY month ?!? Here in the uk that would be for a whole year !

  28. tj m on July 13, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    How tf do you not have health insurance in America? I know it’s way expensive and they never pay all of your health bills but as an Aussie with universal health care (pretty much) I thought all Americans HAVE to have it. I’m not being a smart ass, I am really curious because we see people being turned away if they don’t have health insurance over there. Granted, it’s on tv but that’s the impression I’ve always had on the health care system over there and we always try so hard so that we don’t end up like America.

  29. dwller on July 13, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    the coolest lifestyle. i just started

  30. crunchybuns212 on July 13, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    62 dollars for a gym membership???

  31. Carlton The Pug on July 13, 2023 at 3:13 pm

    So many variables can account to how much you save and spend.
    Rent varies from state to state so the rent amount you mentioned can vary drastically. Same with gas.
    REALISTIC repairs were not factored in either. Vans WILL break down and repair costs can run into the thousands.
    I lived the van life for four years and it cost me more than living in a studio apartment.
    Van life is not cheaper in some cases and it is not glamorous like a lot of the van lifers portray it to be.

  32. Women 65 and Over on July 13, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    Whoa! You spend 4x what I spend in my apartment in Georgia. You spend more just in gas than my total monthly rent.

  33. Abdul NorthAmerican Vlogs on July 13, 2023 at 3:17 pm

    That’s nice as you can see new places 🎉

  34. IbrPlayz on July 13, 2023 at 3:18 pm

    But what will u use when some things require u to give some house address

  35. Anthony Varzino on July 13, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    Not to mention it comes with so many perks and very few deposits

  36. Tonya Wood on July 13, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    I love to travel and I love my house. I have the best of both worlds. I travel when I want and i’m home when I need to be. There is no way I would want to live in a van trying to secure a free, safe spot every night to sleep. Hotels / campgrounds do me just fine when I travel.

  37. Michael Brock on July 13, 2023 at 3:21 pm

    So basically save $300 to shower at planet fitness… no thanks…

  38. Alaska on July 13, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    Which internet service plan do you use? I’m searching out plans now for our van adventures. Thank you for the video, it was great 👍

  39. Rose Wilkes on July 13, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    That’s why I want to buy a used van and make it my home. My rent is going up in September and I don’t know what I am going to do. I live on a fixed income omg please pray for me

  40. Billy SBC on July 13, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    You also don’t have a landlord telling you what to do all the time, don’t have tenants to contend with, and don’t have a lease you can’t break.

  41. Gwen Derp on July 13, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    Okay…. but what about income? How do you make money if you’re always moving? Where do you work?

  42. Dan S on July 13, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    Hidden costs.. of van

    Staying at home means..
    Being settled means eventually finding the cheapest mechanic…

    It means, with a big sale on meat, one can buy in quantity, using deep freeze freezers.

    It means when sun hits a certain spot in the morning, you know it’s about 7am.
    You are orientated, knowing where the Orient is located.

  43. John on July 13, 2023 at 3:27 pm

    I think the best part of Van life
    is traveling,and visiting places!

  44. Desicated Limbs on July 13, 2023 at 3:27 pm

    Heya! Lived almost two years in a camper and yes there is no way to compare the two cost wise, it’s experience and availability for sure. My husband and I are able mechanics do anything that went wrong we didn’t have a problem fixing, interior my husband knows and I know from him how to fix little things, getting to know your rig and what you’re pulling is a huge deal, and finding good apps and trucker atlas books they sell at loves and flying Js is super helpful. It has Bridge clearance heights and shoulder depths and lost of helpful tools for big rigs and off-road vehicles and trailers.

  45. Kora Cahill on July 13, 2023 at 3:28 pm

    and also if you just get a van to live in and dont travel full time then it would be even cheaper

  46. William Bruckner on July 13, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    Do you believe that while renting an apartment, you would not own a car and incur the associated costs.

    May want to rethink your numbers.

  47. Debi Tate on July 13, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    How long did it take to make your van?

  48. Samantha Wilson on July 13, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    U guyz should get medicaid

  49. Brofessor Mex and the Rockera on July 13, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    Protip. Cook your own food and do intermittent fasting.

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