This 23-Year-Old Google Employee Is Saving 90% Of His After-Tax Income By Living Inside A Mobile Shitbox

by 4 years ago

This 23-year-old from Massachusetts was shelling out $2,000 a month for the cheapest corporate housing Google offered back when he was an intern in college. After graduating and going to work full-time for Google he realized that paying rent in the San Francisco Bay area just wasn’t feasible if he ever wanted to own a place or have any savings, so like any good Google employee would do he began to think outside of the box…and by that I mean he bought a mobile shithole on wheels and began living inside of a box, because why the hell not?

What am I even talking about here? Well, instead of living inside of an apartment in the Bay Area like a normal 20-something and living without savings this dude’s bought himself a moving truck and set up a bed inside of it, WITH STUFFED ANIMALS, no electricity, and that’s where he lives. He’s set up a FAQ on his blog ‘FromInsideTheBox‘ to answer most of the basic questions people might have, but Business Insider caught up with him to discuss why he’s living like this, and what life is like both working for Google and living inside of a shitty moving van.


So, how’d all of this start? via Business Insider:

“I realized I was paying an exorbitant amount of money for the apartment I was staying in — and I was almost never home,” he says. “It’s really hard to justify throwing that kind of money away. You’re essentially burning it — you’re not putting equity in anything and you’re not building it up for a future — and that was really hard for me to reconcile.”
He started laying the groundwork for living out of a truck immediately, as he knew he’d be returning to work full time in San Francisco. A school year later, he was purchasing a 16-foot 2006 Ford with 157,000 miles on it.
It cost him an even $10,000, which he paid up front with his signing bonus. His projected “break-even point” is October 21, according to the live-updating “savings clock” he created on his blog, “Thoughts from Inside the Box.”


On his website, frominsidethebox.com, he goes in depth into how he showers, where he eats, how he uses the bathroom at night, how much money he’s saving, and what he thinks will happen when he gets caught by his employer, Google, the company that knows anything and everything about every human being on planet Earth.

How do you go to the bathroom at night? Do you just pee in the woods?
As cool as it would be, my life is not an episode of Man vs Wild. I do have 24 hour key card access to any building on the campus that I work at, so I could use the facilities in there if I really needed to, but thus far it’s just been about planning.

Where do you, like, shower and stuff?
I’ve mentioned this one in an earlier post, but my employer has showers and gyms on campus, mainly because a lot of people bike into work and need to shower off so the office doesn’t smell like a frat house.


So I think we can already assume that something’s a little off with this guy. We’re not quite sure what it is, but living in a moving truck just to save some $$$$$ when you’re working for the #1 company in the world is a bit insane. That said, the thing that intrigued me the most about this is just how much money he’s saving, and he talks about that in the FAQ on his blog:

How much money are you saving?
A really cheap apartment in the Bay Area (and I’m talking really cheap), would be about $1,000 a month, bare minimum. So over the course of four years, I’d be paying (again, bare minimum here) about $48,000 in rent, and have nothing to show for it. No physical property, no equity, nothing. After taxes, the truck cost me $10,000, plus about $750 a year for insurance. Let’s also factor in the cost of gas. Assuming it gets about 10 miles to the gallon, and I drive it about 25 miles a week (I don’t really drive it much at all), that’s 2.5 gallons a week, and 130 gallons a year. On a pricier week, gas is $4 a gallon, so that’s $520 a year. So $10,000 + $750 * 4 + $520 * 4 = $15,080. So for a super conservative estimate, I’m saving about $33,000 over the course of four years.

What do you do for electricity?
I don’t actually own anything that needs to be plugged in. The truck has a few built-in overhead lights, and I have a motion-sensitive, battery-powered lamp I use at night. I have a small (15,000 mAh) battery pack that I charge up at work every few days, and I use that to charge my headphones and cell phone at night. My work laptop will last the night on a charge, and then I charge it at work.

(1) That’s A LOT OF SAVINGS, but certainly not enough to justify living in a truck without electricity, and being a 23-year-old dude who sleeps with stuffed animals every night.

(2) All things considered, working for Google and only being able to save $33,000 over the course of four years is NOT worth sleeping inside of a moving truck.

(3) HOW IN THE HELL DOES SOMEONE WORKING FOR GOOGLE NOT OWN ANYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE PLUGGED IN?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! It’s 2015, everything needs to be plugged in.

For those of you wondering, he actually has had a run in with the police already. And if you have more questions you can find everything you seek over on his blog, or click on over to Business Insider!!!


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