Category Archives: simplifying

I am going to quit email

So, this may be strange, considering I have an (infrequently updated!) online blog, but I think I need to dial back my online life. I simply cannot keep up. I frequently would end up with 200 or more emails before I’d sit down with my iPhone to sort, respond, and delete, but now it is [...]

How to Not Own Anything?

This seems to be part of what I am struggling with right now. What do I NEED to have?
I can’t stop analyzing my RV, van, and trailer options. I am even researching tiny houses, earth bag houses, yurts, etc.
But do you think I need any of these things? I’m starting to feel confused about that.
Right [...]

I stopped shampooing my hair.

Okay, so I know a lot of you are already doing this, but I have to admit that it never appealed to me. I liked my sudsy, scented shampoos and conditioners. I thought people who used other stuff must have hair that is kind of stinky.
But, I am continuing to try to cut expenses, so [...]

How I am Living Out of My Car

I have been living out of my car for at least a couple of weeks now. I did this quick video to show my set up. As you can see, it isn’t that sophisticated!
I wouldn’t mind a 12 volt cooler and battery jump pack. (And I wouldn’t mind having a van!)
But, here is what we [...]

How to be “homeless” – living in public spaces

One misconception that I think some people have of my vandwelling plan is that I am going to be spending a lot of time IN the van with my baby. Like you, I don’t think that would work very well.
I see the van as a space for sleeping and storing our food and things. Other [...]

What it felt like to go from an RV to a House

In June of 2010, I wrote¬†about my thoughts on the transition from a traditional home to an RV, but I didn’t get to share my experience of transitioning from an RV back into a traditional house.
I lived in my RV until I went to Africa for fertility treatment. (I plan to write about my solo [...]

Vandwelling and Taking Showers

As I’ve posted in my budget, I pay $50 a week for 20 hours a week of childcare ($250 a month). I found a super luxury fitness club that offers 2 hours a child care daily (14 hours a week) with a no-contract monthly membership of $98 a month.
This is a multi-level facility that includes [...]

A Simpler Way to Simplify

Having been gone most of this week, I came home to my rented bedroom to find it filled with more new-to-me hand me down toys.
I should be grateful, but I groaned.
Silas has SO MUCH STUFF!
Moving into my Camry has been liberating.
For anyone who has tried to simplify, you know how hard it is to tackle [...]

Your Opinion on my Budget and Van Options?

I have a few different options I am considering. If you don’t mind helping me think this through, I’d love your feedback.

Here is my current monthly budget:

Rent: $450
Food: $250
Car: $360
Gas : $100
Auto ins: $80
Life ins: $30
Phone: $100
Medical: $105
Web sites: $40
Child care: $250

Total: est. $1,800
Debt:

Camry: Just under $12K at 6%
*note: I am not including [...]

What frightens me the most

Having been a solo woman traveler already, I realize that my fears for this second attempt are actually quite different that the first time around.
The first time I was getting on the road, I feared for my safety.
But… I learned that people in the world are predominantly friendly, safe, and helpful. I realized I had [...]

Living out of My Car – Step One

I think part of the appeal of getting back on the road is the desire to maintain the extreme simplicity of not owning a lot of STUFF.
So, that is where I am going to start with my new vandwelling plan.
Goal #1: Radically simplify so that everything Silas and I need can fit in my Toyota [...]

A Case for Vandwelling

I thought that I was settling down to have a baby, but the settling down part may be shorter lived than I expected.
In reality, I am still quite itinerant with my boy. Silas and I sleep in at least three different houses each week – our primary home (where we rent a room), my brother’s [...]

Mom and Baby in a Van?

As I posted previously, I am lucky to get 99.9% of my baby stuff completely free. In fact, I have to sort of bar the door and let people know, “Thank you, so much, but we really have been given enough already!”
We live together in one bedroom, so everything we have has to fit in [...]

Living on $21K a year

I thought I was living simply before, but I am living far more simply now! Here is my updated budget as a single momma:

Rent: $450 (all bills paid; I rent a bedroom in a big house with another family – a great deal!)
Car payment: $360 (I have a 2011 Toyota Camry)
Groceries: $250
Child care: $250 ($50 [...]

Tithing 10%

I was halfway to Quartzsite, had a meltdown and ran home to my husband. I am having a harder time being away from him right now.
I’ve decided/felt/realized that I need to start giving away 10% of my gross income each month, so will also include that in my budget this year. (Dave Ramsey says he [...]