I live in a van full-time with my family – it saves us thousands each month because we have no rent or electricity costs | The Sun

IF you are fed up with never having any money after paying your rent or mortgage, you may have just come to the right place.

A family of five, known on social media as ‘Strangely Similar’, live and travel full-time in a motorhome. 

By doing so, the family have halved their monthly living costs, thanks to not having to pay any rent or electricity costs in their home on wheels. 

The family have 72.2k followers and 649k likes on TikTok and have shared an insight into their unique life with social media fans.

Tiffany and her partner Eli, live in the van with their three children, Miley, 13, Lia, 11, and Brady, 10, two large dogs and a cat – Toby, Dexter and Shadow. 

The family lives a nomadic lifestyle and the children are home-schooled. 

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The five of them have been living on the road for over a year, have visited 24 states and have travelled 6,588 miles. 

The family explained: “To make a long story short – a mixture of regret of time lost, a health scare, and covid made our family seriously reconsider who we are. 

“We began to rethink what we're doing with our lives and why we're doing it. 

“We quickly concluded that we wanted to reorganise our priorities and make the most of the time we had left with our kids home. 

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“We purchased an RV, renovated the RV, sold our home and everything in it in 45 days, and hit the road. 

“Now, we spend our time adventuring, planning our next adventures, and doing our best to inspire and educate others to do the same”.

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The family’s 35 foot van is equipped with four bedrooms, a huge lounge area with a comfy grey sofa and a glamorous kitchen space with lots of cupboard space and a kitchen table.

It is a very modern van and in a recent video uploaded to TikTok, the family detailed the costs of living full-time in a van.

Tiffany said: “Finally, the long awaited money question.

“I grew up in a family where we do not talk about money, but first of all, I’ve grown since then and second of all, I remember us getting ready to RV and being like ‘how much does it cost?’ and everyone is so allusive about it and now that we’ve been doing it for a while, I do understand it, so let me share it with you”.

Tiffany revealed that with the family’s previous home, their mortgage alone was $1,800 [£1,592] and electric was $200 [£176].

With their gas, mobile phone, internet, car, groceries, gas for vehicles and miscellaneous costs, their monthly total came to $4,542 [£4,019]. 

But living in the van full-time, the family have managed to make huge monthly savings. 

Tiffany explained: “With our RV, our rent is anywhere between $0 and $1,500 – so $1,500 [£1,327] is a very nice resort, tonnes of amenities.

“$0 is we have a Thousand Trails membership so then it would be free for the month.

“Electric is zero, there’s no gas.

“Our [totall, monthly] bills currently are between $2,430 [£2,149] and $3,930 [£3,477].

“You will find people that will say, ‘that $1,500 is insane and you will find people that will say it’s not high enough, but I’m giving you a ballpark.

“If you stay longer at places, it’s cheaper”.


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By living in the van, the family have been able to cut their monthly living costs by $2,000 [£1,770]. 

TikTok users were impressed with the family’s living costs and took to the comments to express this. 

One person said: “That's totally not bad!” 

Another added: “This is great! Thank you for sharing”. 

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A third commented: “Thank you so much for sharing and breaking everything down!” 

However, one user stated: “Not saving much by switching then, I'd rather invest in a house which appreciates in value”, to which the TikTok user replied “We don’t live here to save we personally live here to travel but some people live because they can’t afford more so it’s not about savings but really”.

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