Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
When you have thousands of dollars tied up in student loans sometimes you’ve got to pull out all the stops to make sure you get that weight around your neck paid off. According to KRON 4 news earlier today, (Oct. 20, 2015) this 23-year-old Google Engineer decided to make paying off his student loans priority number one and has foregone the lavish lifestyle typical of high-paid engineers and chosen a Ford Box truck as his home. Paying just $10,000 for the truck alone and an additional $120 a month for insurance, this Google engineer is certainly living cheap. Google is known for its laivicious (and most importantly free) cafeteria so all his meals are already taken cared for. In addition, Google already has workout and shower facilities at hand 24/7 so taking care of those daily tasks is no problem. According to the engineer, he uses the Ford Box truck just for sleeping.
Ford Box trucks have long been a favorite choice for those on hard times or simply wanting to live the easy lifestyle. Although this engineers digs are a bit bare bones, with a little bit of DIY know-how, people often convert old box trucks into rolling Taj Mahals complete with hardwood flooring, wall to wall insulation and compartmentalized sleeping quarters. And talk about having not to pay rent as home is literally wherever you park.
At 120 square feet, it’s alot smaller than your standard studio apartment but considering that studio apartments start out around $2000 a month in San Jose, California, living in a Ford box truck doesn’t sound all that bad afterall.
And living in Google’s parking lot isn’t something new. Coders often sleep in there cars days at a time just to finish up a project and one man lived in Google’s parking lot for 13 months (although that was purely for fun.)