And so it begins….

So. We did it. We actually did IT.

What is IT? Well, we sold all of our stuff and moved our family into a camper.

That’s insane.

I know, but it’s going to be so worth it in the long run.

Let me back up a bit and explain how we came to this point.

Three years ago my husband, T, was promoted and his company moved our family to South Carolina. Six months later, the parent company restructured and T was laid off. Nice, huh? We suddenly found ourselves a breath away from homelessness. It was a scary time, for sure.

We made it through and we were determined to never be in that position again. But we weren’t sure how to go about setting up a safety net. It was impossible to save any money because the house we were renting was draining us dry. The rent itself was fairly low, but the energy bills were killing us. During the winter, our power bill would get up to $600 (or higher) and we weren’t even staying warm. In 2013, we had to go without electricity for 47 days, because we couldn’t keep up with the exorbitant bills. Why not move? Well, that costs money. Money that we couldn’t come up with because we were just trying to survive. It was all very frustrating.

One night we came across this link on Pinterest, which details how you can build a cabin for under $4,000. We thought, “We could do THAT. Four thousand dollars isn’t that much.” But we couldn’t think of a single way to come up with the money with our living situation the way it was. That one pin woke something in us. We had to figure out a way to move forward in our lives. Simply surviving was not enough.

What if we sold all our stuff and bought a camper? Five of us living in a small space? With two dogs and a cat? Well, J is about to graduate. What if we wait until she goes off to college? That might work….How in the world do we go about taking such a huge step?

We muddled it over and had countless discussions. We researched constantly. Finally, we came up with a plan. (More on that later, I promise.)

We executed our plan.

And here we are. We are actually living in a camper.

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Stay tuned. We plan to share every step of our journey. (The successes AND the failures.)

Thanks for stopping by.

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4 thoughts on “And so it begins….

  1. TheSurvivalGuy

    Please keep me updated on your progress, I have been wanting to do the same for awhile now. Since it is a few years old I’m sure some of the cost’s might have gone up but to me it still seems doable!

    My thoughts were going to try an use as much recycled material as possible to help cut down the cost. You can always find useable materials other people are just throwing away.

    I am looking forward to seeing your updates!

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  2. Sandra

    I think that’s awesome! As someone who works with people trapped in the cycle of poverty due to exorbitant house/living costs, I think you guys found a great solution. I hope you have enough money to build your own cabin very soon!

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