For the past few weeks I have been toying with the idea of moving into my car. I’ve watched countless YouTube videos on others who have already began the nomadic life, and I have officially decided to take the plunge.
My main reason for wanting to do this is because of money.
I live in a city that was considered a shit hole — average back when I was a child. Over the years, with gentrification in full effect, the property values have sky rocketed. There are more restaurants in a 2 block radius than there were in the entire city 20 years ago. Besides that, it seems that every 100 yards are new, luxury high rise apartments.
Needless to say, I’ve been downgrading every year or so just to maintain residency in my city. My current residence is a 0 bedroom studio, with no stove. There is 1 electric heater that I can’t afford to run. Last winter my electric bill was $400 a month. Compared to $70 in the summer. The heater makes that much of a difference.
My rent for said studio is $850 a month. During the winter, with the heat on, I’m paying $1250 a month to sleep on a mattress in room barely bigger than a prison cell, with no stove to even cook on. That’s $1250 baseline. With all of my bills, i’m paying closer to 3k a month (sometimes more, sometimes less).
Why don’t I just move into a cheaper city/town?
I’m sort of anchored to where I live. I have applied for both the fire department and the police department and given my veteran status, I’m fairy high on the hiring list. However, Massachusetts laws state that in order to work for either department, you must live in the city/town that you’ve applied to for at least a year prior to being hired.
For as long as I am waiting for a possible job offer from one of these departments, I can’t move out of my city. So, my solution is to move into my car, completely eliminating my rent/electric/internet bills, saving me $1050-$1350 a month (depending on electric usage for summer/winter). That’s a nice chunk o’ change to throw towards my other debts.
I’ve done a few trial nights in my car this past week and the first night was terribly cold. I made a few adjustments (including a really nice sleeping bag for cold weather) and I slept just fine the second time. Now, I just have to find new activities to fill my time so I’m not just riding around wasting gas. I also have to figure out some healthy food options so I don’t eat too much fast food. But, one step at a time.
I’ll keep you updated. I’m considering doing a YouTube series documenting my journey living in my car during the winter in New England. I’m pretty camera shy so I haven’t decided on that yet, but I’ll make a post about it if/when I decide.
Let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to answer them.