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Young Couple Living in Tiny House

If you haven’t heard of Dan and Jess before they’re a young couple living in a tiny house.

It’s a custom 128 sq. ft. tiny home on wheels that they designed and built themselves.

According to this article, the couple’s costs for living is usually just $600 to $700 a month. Great way to get ahead, isn’t it?

Tiny living isn’t for most couples. But for a growing number of couples out there it seems to be working really well because it’s a great way to live debt-free and free up time and money for whatever’s most important for you.

Related: Young Couple Build Mortgage-free Tiny House on Wheels

Young Couple Living in Tiny House

Images © Nat Rea/RIMonthly

Original story: http://www.rimonthly.com/Rhode-Island-Monthly/March-2015/Living-in-a-Tiny-House/

You can also check out their blog: http://livinginatinyhouse.blogspot.com/

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  • Avatar jenna
    April 27, 2015, 1:52 pm

    When you say the couples cost of living is generally $600-700.00 what exactly does that include?

    • Avatar Cahow
      April 27, 2015, 1:56 pm

      jenna: this is the answer to your question. I got it from the main article.

      “They’ve gone off the grid by installing solar panels outside, and they do not have water or electric bills. In fact, their only home expenses include rent to the farm, a heating bill from the propane tank, grocery shopping and a phone bill that includes Internet.”c

  • Avatar Cahow
    April 27, 2015, 1:54 pm

    Ah, they have a pet bunny named Wendy! <3

    Well, good for them on what they are doing! If this is a means of paying off all that debt, then Bravo. I'm just grateful that I never had to go this route as Cahow & Tiny do NOT go together, I've discovered! LOL Blame it on being raised on acres of prairie land…like the bison, I need space to roam in my home. 😉

    On a tangential side-note: at our condo that we rent to students, their monthly costs are $570, including EVERYTHING! I only mention this fact because there's other options for going small and saving money beside a tiny home. One student we had asked to stay for 3 years. After she received her Master's Degree, she used the last year to save money for a down-payment on a condo! Go Lauren!!!!

    • Avatar M
      April 28, 2015, 12:56 am

      $570.00 + everything but they don’t own it, you do. Therein lies the difference. However, they at least were able to save for something of their own so points there. I don’t think “Tiny” is necessarily the best description for the movement. Perhaps “Minimizers” or “The Non-Materialists” to suggest a couple. Many of the THers may have a small home but are living on acres of land and they want less time inside doing housework and maintenance and more time outside enjoying the acres. Some want the challenge of building something from scratch, like a gourmet chef creates a meal. For many others, like the couple featured and myself, we are looking for ways to cut costs so we can pay off debt so that maybe we can then save for a more spacious home. Not all of us are as lucky as you to have the wonderful hubby et al. Some of us are single and don’t have the benefit of two incomes or a husband with one hefty income. I think it’s a great adventure for young couples starting out and to have built it themselves and learn to live with less will make them more appreciative later in life when they do have that more spacious house. I had a very spacious house I loved when my kids were there and it was filled with their friends. But they grew up and moved into their own homes and quite frankly, Scarlett, I didn’t want to vacuum two floors, change linen in four bedrooms and scrub 2.5 bathrooms and a huge kitchen all by myself when I could be hiking or sunbathing or looking for cloud animals. So I downsized. Then downsized again. Then it became sort of a fun game with myself as to how minimal I could get and still feel comfortable and functional. Now I am in a rather charming tiny apartment/art studio where I got to be rather creative in utilizing space and all who see it marvel at my ingenuity. I even turned the old refrigerator into an artwork as the kitchen and living room are one room. I spend more time painting and gardening and reading and being lazy looking out the window at the trees and birds (no bison unfortunately) while sipping coffee or tea. It’s more like a nice hotel suite than the cookie cutter apartment/tract home and I always feel like I’m sort of on vacation. LOVE it. Some are set in their ways, others like challenges. To each his own.

      • Avatar M
        April 28, 2015, 1:21 am

        thought of another one: “The Humbles” … be it ever so humble….

      • Avatar Susie M
        April 28, 2015, 6:36 am

        M – you turned your refrigerator into art?? Me too!! I did a 3 foot tall bunch of poppies using sharpies – what did you do? I also ‘zentagled’ the vent door cover to my furnace with a sharpie – it’s a nice surprise for the service/repair man…lol

        I love the idea of being able to ‘move house’ without the dreaded packing all the time… who needs that? I think it’s rather freeing to downsize and get rid of all that clutter. To know that my costs are under control for the rest of my natural, rather than a slave to prices that escalate out of the blue would be a huge relief!! Just look at the cost of gas and milk over the last 10 years – a gallon of milk was selling for almost $5- at my local grocery store yesterday!!

        I’m with you – less to clean – less to worry about – more money and time to enjoy life – live simply so you can simply live. If I were in a less rural setting I’d get rid of my car too… but a 10 mile round trip, halfway up a mountain, with groceries, is no joke on a bicycle… going downhill tho’, that’s a whole different story.

    • Avatar M
      April 28, 2015, 1:18 am

      For You Cahow as you seem to like bunnies. An interesting perspective on humans versus animals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CRevXi0kfc

      • Avatar Cahow
        April 28, 2015, 10:34 am

        Hi, M, and Good Morning to you! 😀 Before we get into bunnies, I want to say that I enjoy your comments. They are a feast for the brain. 😀

        Now, back to bunnies. Oh yes, I do hold them so dear, as my very first pets were a nestful of bunnies that my Granpa and I rescued from the combine in our alfalfa fields. The Mum was scared away, leaving the wee baby bunnies….so sad. 🙁 But, we rescued them, built a hutch, and I had those bunnies until adulthood, where we released them back into the prairie to hopefully make MORE bunnies! LOL

        Initially, when I saw the headline for the youtube link: “Island of Bunnies and Poison,”, I thought you were punking me and I didn’t even want to click on the link to see bunnies dying from poison. But…the bunnies are alive and well on Rabbit Island!!!! It’s a long video that I want to truly enjoy (17 + minutes), so that will be my treat after work today. 😀 Thanks for thinking of me and my bunny love.

  • Avatar Richard
    April 27, 2015, 2:49 pm

    I live in south Louisiana and the cheapest rent most of my friends can find for something decent is 650 a month. If you find anything cheeper its probably in a bad area that you really don’t want to have to live in.

    • Avatar SteveDenver
      April 27, 2015, 7:22 pm

      There are all kinds of ways to live frivolously and wastefully, so I’m glad when I see young people concentrating on necessities and really accomplishing something in life by experiencing life that isn’t consumer-centered. This kind of living prepares them to be world citizens.

      Since money problems are the #1 cause of break-ups, I’m wondering if living thoughtfully bolsters a relationship. Watching TINY HOUSE NATION, I have heard again and again how living small fosters civility among inhabitants, because they can’t go to separate wings of the house and close doors. You can hear each other, you slide past each other, you pick up after yourself so others don’t have to encounter your trail.

      • Avatar M
        April 28, 2015, 1:03 am

        Very good points. I wonder how many marriages could have been saved by the lack of a big screen “man cave” and multiple levels that kept couples separate rather than together having face to face conversation.

  • Avatar Susie M
    April 27, 2015, 3:02 pm

    Oh dear!
    Is it just that I’m extremely frugal? Or are people’s spending habits today so out of control that this is amazingly ‘cheap’? Granted it doesn’t include my food – but $750 p/m will cover my mortgage. tax & ins. on my 3 bedroom/2 bathroom 1400 sqft double wide on just over 5 acres in Vermont – and that includes almost all of the heat and utilities – I may have to fork out for an occasional 100 gallons of kerosene if there is an unusually long cold winter – but the left overs get me through the next fall.

    So to think that AFTER building (and paying for) a THOW; the living costs could still be that high is actually kinda scary.

    Maybe I’m just getting old – these two youngsters are full of enthusiasm and at the start of their adult lives – I love that they are being so practical, but can’t help but wonder if they are being taken for a bit of a ride on the rent considering that they are on solar with no running water – but then I almost never even buy a coffee out – I can make it myself for pennies and carry it with me – what a wake up call when I had to wait for a friend in a big hospital recently and bought one at the coffee shop! Spending is out of control people!!

    • Avatar M
      April 28, 2015, 1:15 am

      Indeed. It’s i-n-s-a-n-e. (A Dean-ism) But as long as the majority thinks $3.50 is okay for a latte that costs $.77 they are free to rip them off. I French Press my own with a little cinnamon, vanilla powder, sweetened dark cocoa powder and can’t tell the diff. And I have all those cute bison-birds out my window to watch.

      • Avatar Susie M
        April 28, 2015, 6:42 am

        Ahhh – Dean – he was a character – we are very lucky here to have one of the most responsible and sensible politicians – Bernie Saunders – I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on board with the Tiny House movement.

    • Avatar Lyndasue
      May 25, 2016, 6:57 pm

      Wow! $750 for mortgage AND utilities?! In my area, $750 will BARELY get you a single room to rent LOL! But then again, I do live in one of the most expensive parts in the country, in Sonoma County, Northern California. I live in a 37′ 2-bedroom travel trailer with my 17 year old son. I bought it and downsized us from the house 2 years ago…..and LOVE it! When he graduates from high school in 2 years, I’m hitching up and moving to Texas for a training academy….and will be living in my “tiny home” there too 🙂

  • Avatar Karen R
    April 27, 2015, 9:15 pm

    This includes groceries! Good job!

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