How Much Does Vanlife Cost? ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ’ธ



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Many people are asking about the phone plan! I’m on a mega plan with my family and we have Verizon. I don’t actually know how many people are on the plan, but yes, I’m one of those millennials still on their parents phone plan. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

Hellooo! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป
How Much does it cost to live in a van? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ’ธ
I get this question ALL THE TIME. So I decided to start tracking all of my expenses. ๐Ÿ“Š
Iโ€™ve also compared my expenses to the national average because I like data and numbers.

Average Rent in America: $959
(Source:

My Average Rent: $198.49-$378.49
Gas: $70-250
Car Insurance: $128.49

Average Utilities in America: $171
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My Average Utilities: $85.60-$126.60
Trash: $0
Water (Gym Membership): $6-$47
Water (pay showers at $5 per shower): $30
Water (Laundry): $10
Phone: $15
Internet Coffee Shops: $20
Propane: $4.60
Electricity: $0

Total American Average Expenses: $1130

My Total Average Expenses: $274.09-$495.09

This is a HUGE oversimplification. I did not include repairs and maintenance, and I didn’t include food, camping (I don’t typically pay for camping), etc. I am hoping this will give people a good base line understanding of the average costs of gas + ‘utilities’ and nothing more. If you are interested in ALL of my expenses, please let me know in the comments and I’ll see if I can go back over the last two years an average out my expenses.

Hope this helps you potential vanlifers out there!

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