How to Live in Your Car, Save Money and Be Free

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How to Live in Your Car, Save Money and Be Free

Four years ago I launched a website called to help people discover ebikes and make informed purchase decisions. To do this, I left my tech job in Austin and began staying with friends and ultimately living in my car part time so I could save money and travel. Often times this meant camping in a Walmart parking lot, on BLM land or in the driveway at a friend’s house. My hope is that this video inspires you to think differently about your own challenges and dreams. You can strive to earn more or learn to spend less and ultimately, I’ve done a bit of both. I’ve had to make sacrifices along the way but also learned to love minimalism and the freedom of camping. My first car was a Toyota 4Runner but I switched to a Prius after one year for improved comfort, better gas mileage and sustainability. It’s more than just the car though, a lot of little adjustments have been made and accessories have been purchased to make it livable and really work. The following list coincides pretty well with the video, providing links to the different products I use or think are important to consider. I hope it helps you 😀

• 2011 Toyota Prius, Model III (Navigation, Leather, Sunroof, Solar Powered Air Circulation Fans):
• CURT Class 1 Trailer Hitch, 1 1/4” Size:
• Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Rack, 1 1/4” Hitch Size:
• Adopt Dogs Bumper Sticker:
• Melissa & Doug Giant Border Collie Lifelike Stuffed Animal Dog:
• Wagan 12V Cooler / Warmer, 24 Liter Capacity:
• Husky Liners Front and Rear, Fits 12-15 Prius:
• Milliard Tri Folding Mattress with Cover and Non-Slip Bottom (75” x 25”):
• Large Rectangular Sleeping Bag from Coleman:
• Tribe Provision Go-anywhere Adventure Blanket (Blue-Gray):
• Optional 3D Sleep Mask with Ear Plugs:
• Cosco Black Personal Folding Table 28” High:
• Victor® DC230B High Rise Height Adjustable Laptop Stand:
• PYLE-PRO PLPTS25 Laptop Computer Stand for DJ:
• Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard for Business (5KV-00001):
• ComfortElite Anti-Fatigue Mat, Compact Size 18” x 30” x 3/4”:
• Dakine Over Under Travel Bag Roller Suitcase:
• Tilley Endurables LTM6 Airflo Hat:
• Portable Folding Solar Panel:
• Stanley P2G7S Simple Start Lithium Battery Booster:
• Johnson & Johnson First Aid Only All-Purpose 299-Piece Kit:
• Emergency Solar Dynamo Hand Crank Radio, Smart Phone Charger and Flashlight:
• Everstart 12 Foot Jumper Cables:
• MCR Medical CPR Rescue Mask:
• Schumacher XI41B ‘X-Line’ 410 Watt Power Inverter with Battery Clamps and 12 Volt Male Adapter Plug:
• Eyelet Terminal to SAE:
• SAE 18″ Connector Adapter Converter to 12V Cigarette Socket:
• Optional 12V Plug Socket with Eyelet Terminal:
• Black Gorilla Duct Tape 1.88 Inch x 35 Yard Roll:
• Two-Sided Emergency Mylar Survival Blanket:
• Dash Camera Video Recorder:
• DashMat SuedeMat Dashboard Cover Toyota Prius (Faux-Suede, Black):
• LeatherZ 2010+ Gen3 Toyota Prius Door Armrests:
• Smartphone Car Mount Holder, iKross Universal Car Cup Holder Mount with 3 Sockets and 2 USB charging port 2.1 Amp:
• Autvivid Steering Wheel Seat Back Tray with Cup Holder Foldable:
• Macally HRMOUNT Adjustable Car Seat Headrest Mount and Holder for iPad, Samsung, and 7″ to 10″ Tablets:
• NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender, Essentials Edition (EX2700):
• OPTP Thoracic Lumbar Back Support:
• Habitents Prius Tent For Hatchback Car Camping:
• Nigel Marston Motorsports Toyota Prius Sun Blinds (5 Door Sun Blinds – 2009 Onwards):

Music: “It’s All Happening” by Huma-Huma used with permission through Creative Commons and the YouTube free audio library.

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