So I was going to use a program to get into an apartment.  A nice woman I met was helping me navigate the system and she seemed to think I could come up with the funds every month to maintain an apartment.  The program was going to pay my first month’s rent and deposit I think.  I was plugging along pretty good.  They sent me a couple of leads on rooms for rent and I started checking things out.

BUT, then a woman I was working with changed jobs and I got a new “worker”.  She is flaky.  She doesn’t return my phone calls and says she left me a message when she didn’t.  She also forgets what I tell her and doesn’t write it down so we are having miscommunications. 

So THEN I have to question why I am doing all this when housing isn’t all that important to me.

I can think of a lot of things to do with $600-800 a month.  Like get my bad teeth fixed.  Or save for a better van, then outfit it for long term living.  Stuff like that. 

Then, I read an article today where it is said that banks have bought up a lot of rental property and are the new landlords now.  This probably means rents will keep going up.  Why buy into the whole rental trap when I can just sleep in my van?

I figure, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing either.  If I need a break from free-sleeping, for $60-70 I can rent a decent hotel room for the night.  I can get my nice long bath, privacy and an excellent nite’s sleep, without the commitment of a lease.  For $277 I can stay the whole week.  This would be helpful if I got very sick or injured, God forbid.

I have a really good sleep spot now.  I go there almost every night.  It’s so quiet and so far, no cops.  I still have a good back up spot (it’s a little more trafficked) and I’m always scouting for new spots.

So I’m going to tell the nice lady (and the flaky one) that I’m going to put this on hold now.  It’s hard for me.  The nice lady will be disappointed for me.  She will call it me being “not ready” and I guess she’s right.  I will probably never be ready to spend half my “paycheck” on 4 walls and all the bills and furniture/household goods buying that go with it.

Does anyone think I’m crazy?  What happens when I get older?  Can I continue free-sleeping then?  I’m thinking I will just need more blankets, that’s all.  Mostly for padding.  I have 4 puffy comforters under me already and this amazing military sleeping bag on top of me when I sleep. 

Getting old can be hard no matter where you live, especially if you don’t have good health.  Perhaps, rather than killing myself for 4 walls, my time would be better spend in the gym staying limber and strong into old age. 

Thoughts anyone?


About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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3 Responses to Re-vamping

  1. Ryu says:

    I don’t think it’s crazy at all. Where do birds sleep? Deer? Bugs?

    It’s the need for control over fear. Americans live in fear 24-7. They think the world is out to get them, if they slept on the street, the boogeyman would come on night one.

    I admire you for free-sleeping. It takes a lot of guts and in the future, many more will be forced into it. I’d rather have 600 bucks in my pocket than for a nice sleeping place and storage shed, which want a house is today.

  2. Carl says:

    I would love to know about this program, and in desperate need of an apartment in Orange County somewhere.

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