Watch the family who is now living in an old converted school bus
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A family of five are living in an old converted school bus as they were tired of wasting their money on an apartment.
29-year-old aerospace assembly mechanic Brian and his 26-year-old girlfriend Starla decided to buy an old school bus for $2,800 in 2014 after being tired of wasting their money on an apartment.
They spent $30,000 on the old school bus and are now living in it with their three children – Charlie, 3, Henry, 2 and three-month-old Lincoln.
According to Barcroft, Starla said: “We are ridiculous people and this is a ridiculous lifestyle and it just works. We now have money to eat the foods that we want and go to the places we want.”
They are currently paying $500 rent a month to live in the school bus.
Starla added: “$1,500 for living in an apartment – and that’s the cheapest apartment you could find on the market in this area. The apartment was about an hour away from Brian’s work and the commute was awful.”
“He would work overtime trying to pay the rent, then he would sit in a car for three hours and we would never see him, so we decided to make a change. We pay a third of the cost now and we have money to pay off debts and student loans!”
Brian and Starla got this idea of living in an old school bus after watching a video on YouTube.
Starla said: “There was this one video in particular – we called them the crazy people who lived in a blue bus. Yet we just kind of looked at each other and were like do you want to live on a bus with me?”
Brian added: “I thought she was joking, but no she was serious. I was at work the next day and I started to realise all of these benefits like being able to be mobile and being able to move if I got a job that was 20 miles away.”
The bus has a full-size bed, a kitchen, a washing machine, a composting toilet, and a bathtub.
Brian said: “Living in a tiny space is really a test of your organisational skills and really a test of your discipline skills because you have to keep the space clean.”
Starla added: “I see myself living in the bus until the kids move out. I know a lot of people say it’s not possible for us to raise kids on the bus, especially until they turn 18, but I disagree.”
“They might literally outgrow the bus because our ceilings are only six feet tall. I don’t see us moving from the bus into anything traditional. It would be something equally ridiculous.”