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After finishing school, Jocelyn and Jarvis had $96,000 of debt from student loans, credit cards, and buying a small rural property. They made some big changes to their lifestyle – using cash instead of credit, buying nothing new, and moving to a smaller apartment – and they were able to pay off their entire debt in 20 months.


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Eamon & Bec are a couple of Toronto-based entrepreneurs who live full-time in their DIY camper van conversion to save money and travel while they run their business — Chai Wala.

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Kate and Simon built this 250 square foot Scandinavian-style tiny house as a cottage for their family of 3, and have since started a tiny house-building business called Cabane.


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The Cob Cottage is one of the most famous (and beautiful!) cob buildings in the world. It’s located on Mayne Island in British Columbia, Canada and it is the 4th most wish-listed property on Airbnb!

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Mark singlehandedly built this DIY tiny house on a tight budget, and used mostly reclaimed and secondhand materials to furnish the interior.

The entire home cost $30K CAD (~$24K USD) to build, and that includes the cost of a new custom trailer, new lumber, and the rent he paid for a building space.

He and his girlfriend lived in the tiny home for a year and a half in Stouffville, Ontario (near Toronto) at an RV park where they legally parked their tiny house year round and spent approximately $300/month on rent and $100/month on utilities.

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Two women, Sam and Stasia, co-founded the BC Tiny House Collective in 2016 to legitimize and legalize tiny houses in the province of British Columbia, Canada.  They now have thousands of people supporting them, and over a hundred volunteers to help with everything from building tiny houses and analyzing research data, to updating their website.

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They’re using a 3-pronged approach to try and legalize tiny houses in their area that seems very interesting and effective:
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Atli has chosen full-time van dwelling as a long term housing solution because it helps her spend less money, work a flexible job, travel when she wants, and have her own mobile home in the city.

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