Woman forced to give up her rented flat saves £1k EACH MONTH by living in her van


A WOMAN is saving £1,000 each month after giving up her rented apartment to live in a campervan.

Amy, who is 33 years old, had her life plans turned completely upside down when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in early 2020.

Amy, 33, has been forced to live in her van thanks to coronavirus

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Amy, 33, has been forced to live in her van thanks to coronavirusCredit: Mediadrumimages/@freelance_amy

She was living in rented accommodation at the time and saving for a mortgage, but she found her freelance work slowing down as lockdowns were put into place.

The freelance marketing consultant, who is from Kent, suddenly found that she was unable to afford her rent and bills.

Amy decided that moving into the van full time could be the perfect way to maintain her freelance work whilst lowering her outgoing spends.

She said: ““I had done a few van trips before and had loved the simple life that living in a van brought. I also love travel and exploring and due to my work being remote, it is the perfect way to explore the UK whilst restrictions were in place.”

The van cost £11,000 before it was done up

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The van cost £11,000 before it was done upCredit: Mediadrumimages/@freelance_amy
The first step was to insulate and soundproof the van.

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The first step was to insulate and soundproof the van.Credit: Mediadrumimages/@freelance_amy

Amy used her mortgage savings to purchase a Mercedes Sprinter WVB High Top van for £11,000.

She was then able to completely fit the van for just £10,000 despite having never dabbled in DIY before.

She said: “At the start, I looked at the whole project to try to break it down into stages. Then, with each stage, I researched and watched a lot of YouTube videos before tackling it myself.

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“I hadn’t even used a drill before. The van is difficult because there are no straight lines so cutting straight things like the bed frame was meticulously hard to get right and to get equal.”

The van has a working kitchen

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The van has a working kitchenCredit: Mediadrumimages/@freelance_amy
There's also a dining room / bedroom area

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There’s also a dining room / bedroom areaCredit: Mediadrumimages/@freelance_amy

To begin the build, Amy stripped the walls and then started to sound-deaden the van.  Next, she installed insulation and had a technician install solar panels and electrics.

The vinyl flooring, wooden bulkhead wall, and headliner shelf were then fitted followed by the wood cladding.

Amy proceeded to paint the cladding, build her furniture, added a water system and gas, and finally added homely décor touches. Costs included a £1,000 on electrics and a £500 Bluetooth map system.

To keep costs down, Amy repurposed old scaffolding boards by converting these into a worktop and table. She also reused blackout blinds she already owned and simply cut these down to size to fit the van.

She explained: “I was working in awful weather including snow. I also had no idea what I was doing and often experienced lots of trial and error.”

Amy has has frequented UK beauty spots including Cornwall, Devon, and Kent.

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Amy has has frequented UK beauty spots including Cornwall, Devon, and Kent.Credit: Mediadrumimages/@freelance_amy

Now, Amy is fully moved in and saving significant sums of money.

Before the project, she had been spending £1,500 on rent and household bills, but her outgoing spends in the van are just £500 – saving her an incredible £1,000 per month.

Thanks to the ban on foreign holidays Amy has yet to venture abroad but has frequented UK beauty spots including Cornwall, Devon, and Kent. When conditions allow, Amy also hopes to visit Wales, Scotland, and Europe.

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“The challenge has made me a stronger person mentally and I’ve proved to myself that I can do anything I put my mind too,” Amy said.

“It has also giving me confidence to live the life I want and not be worried that it might be different to what society considers to be normal.”

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