While all those Pinterest posts and Instagram pics of wooden cabinets in truck beds look great – aren’t we in this to save as much as possible? While living in a vehicle is relatively cheap – the idea (for me anyway) is to work as needed, and adventure as much as possible.
So sure, those things look fantastic, and maybe you’re handy with a saw – but I never obtained the gift of using big girl tools.
So bare-bones-it and save the money for those beers in that dive bar you found!
Embrace your inner scavenger.
Even before hitting the thrift store, ask around – there are always people that are looking to get rid of stuff, and it’s easy to get crafty! My parents neighbor didn’t want some runners in the house anymore, free truck bed carpeting, my mom is in a quilt club, and they had some extra fleece – fleece is a marvelous material – it’s synthetic so it won’t mold, warms up quick, and relatively non-flammable.
When you work, save as much as you can.
I swear by the app Qapital. You set up rules like, round up the change, guilty pleasure – take out an extra $5 every time I go to Panera, and so on. I have saved up to $8k with it! It’s free, you transfer money back to your bank anytime you want, why don’t you have this?
Click here and enter the code x34pa6wr to get $25! Did I mention it’s free?
I’ll be the first to admit; I am not the best with money. It comes, it goes, it’s just money, but I am trying harder not to waste it. That’s why I use the apps Mint & Every Dollar.
Mint is linked to all my accounts, and helps me set budgets for things like gas, restaurants, even campgrounds! Mint provides a great way to see how you’re doing budget-wise. The second app is called Every Dollar. It helps you set your budget by repeating costs you always have. Cell phone, Netflix, etc. I list those recurring costs so I have a better visual every month of what I know I will owe. It might seem redundant, but I find value in having both apps to compare.
Download Every Dollar here
Check out Mint on Google Play or App Store
Last year, I made the least amount of money I ever have in my life. However, I made the most memories driving around the country, exploring, hiking, learning so much. Cheesy? I guess so, but I find it so fascinating how we focus so much on work when it costs so little to be free! Ok, cheesy spiel over….for now.
Get out there!
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