I love reading stories like this. They restore my faith in humankind, for one.
In a world filled with people who would rather whine about their situation or demand the government fix their problems, here’s a guy who decided to take personal responsibility (radical!) and live in a box truck to save money.
Because of taking temporary (ahem – Temporary) radical action, his financial life is forever changed for the better.
He lives in the Bay Area which as you likely know is one of the most expensive places in the country. He could have decided that the government should pay part of his rent because it’s injustice that someone else could afford a house there so it’s not faaaaaair that he can’t.
Nah. We’ll have none of that.
Brandon is also seriously turbocharging his savings goals. He hopes to have enough money to retire by age 30, and he wouldn’t be on pace to reach that goal if it weren’t for living in the truck.
It’s helped him pay off all $22,000 of his student loan debt this year, while also allowing him to stack up $80,000 in his savings and retirement accounts. His goal is to save roughly a million dollars by age 30 — and because of the Box, he’s well on his way.
My husband tells me that his parents spent an entire summer living at a campsite. (Which as you can imagine for a young boy, was a real hootenanny.) He says that his parents claimed they were “looking to buy a house” (cool story Dad!), but I’m betting that the real reason they spent a summer camping is so they could SAVE a ton of money.
Doing something drastic temporarily to meet a money goal? Love it.