I'm hoping this is the right place on the forum. Appologies if its not.
A few of you may know from my previous posts I recently moved into my transit van I got for £300. Initially it was going to be my weekend van but given my living situation at the time it made more sense to full time in my van.
Previously I spent 2 years living in an industrial unit where I previously ran my business. My motivation for living there was to save money and focus on my business. By the time my 1st year was up I was probably depressed. I never saw a doctor but I would go days not leaving the building, not eating properly. My only human interaction was my dwindling customer base who would visit my business for 45min at a time on two occasions some days.
For 6 months it was like that before I decided I needed to get a proper job. The situation then was having to pay for a business lease I was locked into for another 18months. However I did inform my landlord I was out of business.
I decided I would continue to try pay the monthly rent despite other debts racking up until about November when I moved into my van. I figured then I would scale back the rent I'm paying so the landlord could see I'm struggling.
I spoke to them before Christmas and they said pay whatvI can clear the place out and we'll have a discussion in the new year.
I spoke to them yesterday and I can early surrender my lease on 23rd of this month. Saving me 10months of rent ie about £3500 saved or essentially knocked off my overall debt.
My family thought I was a bit nuts wanting to live in my van. For my girlfriend it was essentially the last straw. Apparently living in a small commercial garage is more acceptable than a van. Or maybe the fact I'm genuinely happy I have something I call home that happens to be a van.
Anyway my Freedom Van is paying off. In two weeks I wont be tied to coming back to my unit to sort stuff out. I will finally be able to go spend my weekends were I like 😊
If I carrying on like this I can see an end to debt within 2-3 years. 3 months ago I was almost at the point of throwing in the towel and going bankrupt.
Also a big thanks to all you helpful hippies for your advice over the past 2-3months 😊