This is the story of a man known only as Brandon, a software engineer at Google who is unlike any of his colleagues.
Why, you ask? Well, Brandon doesn’t live in a plush San Francisco apartment like the majority of the people he shares a campus building with every day. Nope, instead, he lives in 128-square-foot truck in Google HQ’s Bay Area car park.
As reported by Business Insider, the 23-year-old – who withheld his identity to maintain his privacy – decided to leave the very minimal $2000-per-month (£1,295) corporate housing he was sharing with three other interns, as he was never there.
So, with that in mind, he decided to move a lot closer to work when he finally became a full-time employee. Speaking with BI, he said: “I realised I was paying an exorbitant amount of money for the apartment I was staying in — and I was almost never home. It’s really hard to justify throwing that kind of money away. You’re essentially burning it — you’re not putting equity in anything and you’re not building it up for a future — and that was really hard for me to reconcile.”
Not long after thinking up his master plan, Brandon splashed a cool $10,000 of his signing-on bonus on a decent sized truck and made his way to San Francisco to begin full-time employment with Google.
His only outgoings come in the form of one £121-per-month van insurance charge. He has no electric costs, his phone is paid for by Google, and he showers daily on-site after a workout in their campus gym. Oh, and he eats breakfast, lunch, and dinner there – for free. Cushy.
All of this means that Brandon has been able to pay off $6,000 of his $22,434 student loan in just four months – and has predicted that he will have the full amount paid within the next six months.
It also means that with the money he saves, he can regularly eat out in the best Bay Area restaurants, and his daily ten second walk from truck to the campus entrance means he saves both fuel money and the stress of commuting through a busy San Francisco.
Writing about his experience, he says: “If I plan on traveling the world, I’ll need to be comfortable with unconventional living situations, and this is certainly a good place to start. Plus, there is never going to be a better time in my life for me to try this. I’m young, flexible, and I don’t have to worry about this decision affecting anyone else in my life.”
Well said, Brandon. You’re a man with his head screwed on! I applaud you.