Should You Choose To Be Homeless?

This is the final article for the Housing topic in the How To Live Totally Free series. And this suggestion is my most extreme yet. Should you choose to be homeless to save money? Elon Musk currently doesn’t own a house and stays with his friends. So should you follow his direction? Let’s find out.

What Do I Mean By Homeless For This Article?

You are homeless if you choose to live:

  • In your car
  • On a couch
  • Sleeping in the park or the street
  • Staying in a shelter
  • Living off-grid in a tent

Should You Choose To Be Homeless? Only If You Don’t Mind Having No Control Over Your Living Situation

If you want to follow Elon Musk’s example and stay on friends’ couches or spare bedrooms then just know you won’t have any control over your living situation. However, if you’re fine with losing a place to sleep at a moments notice then consider this option.

Of course you need to give your friend or a family member some money because you will use their amenities. However, this will be much cheaper than having your won place. Yet, you won’t have the same rights as a roommate.

Really, if you go this route you can probably sleep on the couch or in the spare bedroom for a week max before you have to leave. Any longer than that and you will infringe on your friend’s or family member’s space. Plus, he or she may think you’re trying to move in permanently on the sly.

Should You Choose To Be Homeless? Only If You Don’t Mind Carrying Your Belongings Everywhere

Since you don’t have a place of your own you will have to carry your belongings with you. This could mean you stuff them in the trunk of your car, or you carry them around in a backpack.

Another option is to put your things into a storage unit but that can be costly depending on the size of the unit and the amount of stuff you’re storing.

Whatever you choose this option is going to cause you problems. Carrying your belongings will get annoying. And having no place to set them up for a long period of time will wear you down. Even if you live in your car or van you still won’t have that large of a space to store your things. And you will always have to repack them when it’s time to leave.

Is This Option Actually Doable?

Should you choose to be homeless to live totally free? It is a viable option for those who are dedicated and willing to make extreme sacrifices.

This lifestyle isn’t easy. Yet, there are people who don’t want to be tied down to an apartment or house. They want to travel around the country, seeing the sights and meeting new people. Or they want to live in nature and not bother anyone. Whatever their reason becoming homeless works for this minority of people.

Could you live this way? You can find out by trying out homelessness for a week. You can live in your car with your belongings, or stay on a friend’s couch (with their permission). I don’t suggest sleeping on the streets because that’s dangerous overall but you can if you want. Or you can pitch a tent out in the woods and live out there.


If you miss any of the posts of the How To Live Totally Free series you can find all the posts here.

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