We get a lot of questions about how much it costs us to live in the van, travel, and pay our bills. In this video we break down what we spent money on in the month of October. If you have any questions let us know in the comments!!! ~~~CLICK SHOW MORE~~~

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41 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Everyone,
    We noticed a few comments about phone bills and hot spot. Our phones and mobile internet is actually paid for on a business account that we don't pay for. It's a huge blessing and this is why it wasn't included in the video!! Sorry for the confusion there!!

  2. Wow . I’ve watched a few of these expenses videos and you two are spending the most of anyone. I did notice that gas , van payment and car insurance is more than what your old rent was . I hope you’re having a great time at those prices.

  3. I love watching your videos! Thank you for doing a real life budget and putting it out there for us all to see. It helps so much to see what the real cost is compared to appartment living. Dont fret about putting yourself out there and feeling vulnerable, this was hugely informative!

  4. I'm looking at Ford's vans specifically because of the gas savings. They have a partial electric system that kicks off when idle. Obviously this would be better in city driving rather than highway, but I figure every little bit helps.

  5. Let us know if you head towards the Pacific Northwest area. My girlfriend and I live on the road as well and would love to meet you. We're curious if your financing your travels via savings or passive income sources or ? And please don't feel obligated to answer lol, just share what your comfortable with. Oh and lastly you didn't seem squished into the corner or camera frame at all……it looked very comfy! God knows we know what it's like living basically on top of each other all the time and it's not easy……..but with a little love and understanding it's well worth the little bumps along the path. Anyhow we would love to meet you guys sometime if your in the area. Thanks

  6. Sounds expensive ! But it Depends on what your ratio of income to expenses are.
    You do have some kind of an INCOME I would assume.
    Other expenses: the dog, but that's not much. What about a shower or a bath once in a while. Do you go to a gym? Nice watching your videos! and good luck.

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  8. I travel a lot in a more conventional way. Last summer I went to england Ireland and Scotland with my sister. We would go to restaurants and having the same taste we would usually agree and split a meal and then go back to the hostel and cook a big meal for the night. Splitting never left us over full and we would save a lot of money! And you still get to experience the culture!

  9. You had a quite an expensive month for gasoline as you were putting on the miles, what would you say is your average for a year?  I am budgeting 20k miles/year.  We have family in the Northeast and intend to spend a decent amount of time out West.  Thanks!

  10. Goodie Gandos! Though the HOME vs VAN scenarios are not TOO far apart, right? Say … $1400/rent + $300/utes + $400/dining ($2100 total) = $600/van note + $850/utes + $650/dining ($2100 total). All other expenses being more or less being equal, generally speaking , relatively similar costs if you give and take some (e.g. less dining when traveling less). Domesticated life has its own incalculable advantages (comfort, security, stability, etc), but I’d assume van life does too (adventure, fun, growth, etc.). I guess the huge financial difference would be in the rent vs equity in the van, though you could possibly nullify that if you bought a home instead of rented.

  11. Share Trent more about your speeding violations! Are you a petrolhead? I'm still catching up on your life and journeys (having found you via Eamon & Becs). I'm in my early '60's, still working but for the past month have taken time out for a roundtheworld trip, including various parts of the States, Hawaii, Aus ^ Singapore. Everywhere I have been I have been looking at Sprinter vans, imagining how I'd do a conversion. I need to do it – new van (and way more expense) or used van, that is the question…?

  12. Well, if it makes you feel any better with your dining and grocery combined you were only spending $5.08 per person (3 meals a day) at each meal. That number sounds better right? Plus food is fuel and you’ve got to power yourself well.

  13. So you actually or more than likely spent $3,000.00 a month in October give or take $100,00 or so dollars.
    Do you keep a vehicle mileage and cost per gallon log book?
    Your trip looks to be over 2,200 miles not including just driving around the areas you are visiting.
    i have the exact same vehicle you have my interior is way inferior to yours lol, I am anal about my mileage v gas use and my overall mpg, and of course cost.
    That is why I keep a log book with miles driven per fill up number of gallons and cost. Also when I am traveling I pay for every thing with one credit card, so I know exactly what I spend on each adventure. I have a home base that I pay a monthly lot rent on and I don’t include lot rent and van payment in my travel expenditures. I am also a veteran so my healthcare is through the V.A.
    You were smar buying a new vehicle and a gas powered one at that. I see so many Vanlifers who buy used diesel vans and end up with expensive repairs that require specialized equipment and specific repair shops.
    Have a great life, out of all the kids I watch on YouTube I enjoy you two the most😁

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